KILROE MILLS

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Kilroe Mills is a historic flour mill located near the village of Corrandulla in Galway. Kilroe Mills was built around 1790, and it is believed to have been originally a flax mill, where flax fibers were processed into linen. However, by the mid-19th century, the mill was converted into a flour milling business, producing flour from locally grown wheat and oats. 

The mill was powered by water from the nearby river, and it had two pairs of millstones, one for wheat and one for oats. The mill also had a kiln for drying the grain, a bolter for sifting the flour, and a storehouse for storing the products.

Kilroe Mills was run by several generations of the same family, who also lived in the adjacent miller’s house. The house is a fine example of Georgian architecture, with a three-centred-arch door opening, a spoked fanlight, and eight-panel timber door with oval panels. The house also has paned sidelights and a slate roof with clay ridge tiles. The house and the mill are connected by a stone bridge over the mill race, which also serves as a sluice gate for controlling the water flow to the mill wheel.

The mill operated until the 1960s, when it was closed due to competition from larger and more modern mills. The mill and the house are now abandoned and in need of restoration, but they still retain their original features and character. They are also surrounded by a scenic landscape of fields, trees, and riverbanks, making them an attractive destination for history lovers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Kilroe Mills is one of the many industrial structures that showcase the rich and diverse history of Galway. Kilroe Mills is not open to the public, but you can view it from the roadside or with the landowner’s permission.

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53.415121, -9.031001

Kilroe Mills

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