The Mountbellew Demesne Mill is a former water mill that was built in the 19th century by the Bellew family, who owned the Mountbellew Estate. The mill used water from the nearby lake to provide power to process grain into flour, and was an important source of income and employment for the local community. 

The Bellew family were one of the most prominent Catholic landowners in Galway, and they acquired the Mountbellew Estate in 1669. They were known for their benevolence and generosity towards their tenants, and they invested in improving the infrastructure and amenities of their estate. One of their projects was the construction of the Mountbellew Demesne Mill, which was completed around 1860. The mill was located on the Tuam Road, near the lake that supplied water to the estate. The mill had a double-pitched slate roof, a brick chimneystack, and pitching doors on upper levels for grain storage. The mill also had a single-storey extension that was added in the 20th century.

The mill was used to grind wheat, barley, oats, and other grains into flour, which was then sold or used by the estate and the surrounding villages. The mill also provided employment for many workers, who operated the machinery, maintained the buildings, and transported the goods. The mill was part of a larger network of industrial structures on the estate, such as lime kilns, icehouses, sawmills, and forge shops. These structures reflected the Bellew family’s vision of creating a self-sufficient and prosperous community on their land.

The Mountbellew Demesne Mill operated until the mid-20th century, when it became obsolete due to technological changes and competition from larger mills. The mill was then converted into a warehouse, and is still used for storage purposes today. However, the mill retains much of its original character and charm, and is a valuable example of the industrial heritage of Galway. The mill is also a testament to the Bellew family’s legacy and contribution to the history and culture of Mountbellew.

The mill is not open to the public, but you can admire its exterior from outside or with the owner’s permission. You can also explore other attractions on the Mountbellew Estate, such as the walled garden, the woodland walk, and the museum.


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Mountbellew Demesne Mill



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