COOLREVAGH MILL

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Coolrevagh Mill is a watermill located near the town of Tuam in Galway. It was built around 1780 and operated until the early 20th century, producing flour and oatmeal for the local community. Today, it is a derelict but fascinating reminder of the past.

Coolrevagh Mill was one of the many mills that dotted the landscape of Galway in the 18th and 19th centuries, harnessing the power of water to grind grain into flour and oatmeal. The mill was situated on the banks of the Grange River, which provided a steady flow of water to turn the large wooden wheel that drove the machinery inside.

The mill was owned by various families over the years, including the Blakes, the Kirwans, and the O’Connors. It employed several workers, who lived in nearby cottages and tended to the mill operations and maintenance. The mill also served as a social hub for the area, where people gathered to buy or sell grain, or exchange news.

The mill faced several challenges throughout its history, such as floods, fires, famines, and wars. During the Great Famine of 1845-1849, the mill was a source of relief for many starving people, who received rations of oatmeal from the mill owner. During the War of Independence of 1919-1921, the mill was raided by British forces, who confiscated some of the grain and machinery.

The mill ceased operation in the early 20th century, as new technologies and modes of transportation made watermills obsolete. The mill gradually fell into decay and neglect, and was eventually abandoned. Today, it stands as a ruin, with only its stone walls, roofless rooms, and broken wheel remaining.

Coolrevagh Mill offers a glimpse into the life and work of rural Ireland in the past, and showcases the craftsmanship and ingenuity of its builders and operators. The mill is not open to the public, but can been seen from the roadside or with the owner’s permission.

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Coolrevagh Mill

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