Eyrecourt Mill is a historic corn mill located in the parish of Eyrecourt, in south east County Galway. The mill was built around 1800 and operated until the mid-20th century, when it was converted into a farm outbuilding. The mill is a significant example of the industrial heritage of the region, as it reflects the agricultural and economic activities of the local community over two centuries.
The mill is a detached multiple-bay two-storey building with a pitched and lean-to corrugated-metal roof. The walls are made of rubble limestone with brick dressings and some render. The windows are square-headed with timber sash frames and stone sills. The main entrance is located on the west elevation, with a segmental-headed door opening and a timber battened door. A stone staircase leads to the upper floor, where there is another door opening with a timber sheeted door. A lean-to extension is attached to the east elevation, with a corrugated-metal roof and a timber door.
The mill was powered by water from a nearby stream, which flowed through a sluice gate and a millrace to the wheelhouse on the south elevation. The wheelhouse contains a large iron overshot waterwheel, which is partially intact. The wheel was connected to a series of gears and shafts that drove the machinery inside the mill. The machinery included two pairs of millstones for grinding corn, a bolter for sifting flour, and an oat crusher for producing animal feed. Some of the machinery is still in situ, while some parts have been removed or relocated.
The mill also has a number of associated features that add to its historical and architectural interest. To the north of the mill, there is a former mill manager’s house, which is a two-storey gable-fronted building with a slate roof and rendered walls. The house has a central door opening with a fanlight and flanking windows on both floors. To the south of the mill, there is a stone bridge that crosses the stream and connects to the road. The bridge has segmental arches and rubble parapets. To the east of the mill, there is an old lime kiln, which was used to produce lime for agricultural and construction purposes. The kiln is a circular structure with an arched opening and a domed interior.
Eyrecourt Mill is an important part of the industrial heritage of County Galway, as it illustrates the development of corn milling in rural Ireland from the late 18th century to the mid-20th century. The mill is also a valuable architectural feature in the landscape, as it retains much of its original form and character, despite some alterations and decay. The mill is currently in private ownership and not open to the public, but it can be viewed from the road or with the owner’s permission.
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