Drum Mill is a historic windmill located near the town of Tuam in Galway. It was built around 1750 and was used to grind corn and other grains for the local farmers. Drum Mill was one of the few windmills in Ireland that had three stages, or floors, each with its own set of sails and machinery. 

The exact date and origin of Drum Mill are not known, but it is believed that it was built sometime in the mid-18th century by a local landowner or merchant. Windmills were a common sight in Ireland at that time, as they were an efficient and cheap way to process grains and other crops. Windmills were also a symbol of status and wealth, as they required a large investment and maintenance.

Drum Mill was a unique windmill in several ways. First, it had three stages, or floors, each with its own set of sails and machinery. Most windmills in Ireland had only one or two stages. The three stages allowed Drum Mill to produce more flour and to adjust to different wind conditions. Second, Drum Mill had a conical shape that tapered towards the top. This gave it more stability and aerodynamics, as well as a distinctive appearance. Third, Drum Mill had a rotating cap that could be turned by a tail pole to face the wind direction. This was an advanced feature that not many windmills had at that time.

Drum Mill operated for over a century, serving the local community and providing them with flour and other products. It is not clear when or why Drum Mill stopped working, but it is likely that it became obsolete and unprofitable due to the introduction of steam engines and railways in the 19th century. Drum Mill gradually deteriorated and was abandoned, leaving behind a decaying structure that was exposed to the elements.

Drum Mill is located on a private land and not accessible to the public but it can be seen by the roadside or with the landowner’s permission. Most of its walls have collapsed and its roof missing, with the wooden sails and machinery long gone, leaving only some features still visible. The windmill was a remarkable example of engineering and craftsmanship, and although it has since fell into disrepair and decay over the years, it’s worth visiting to great a real sense of the industrial heritage and activities that once took place there.


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Drum Mill



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Probably the most excellent example of a 1750’s Irish windmill

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This amazing piece of historical architecture shows the intricate designs and brilliance of a 1750’s windmill. The locals are always willing to show tourists the inside of the mill which must be seen