Tawnagh Mill is a former tidal mill that is now a ruin near the village of Kinvara in Galway. Tidal mills were once common in coastal areas, using the power of the tides to grind grain or pump water. Tawnagh Mill is one of the few surviving examples of this type of mill in Ireland.

Tawnagh Mill was built in the late 18th or early 19th century, and it operated until the 1920s. It was used to grind oats and barley for local farmers, as well as to pump water from the reclaimed land nearby. The mill had a large waterwheel that was driven by a culvert that allowed seawater to enter and exit at high and low tide. The mill also had a kiln, a drying loft, and a storage area. The mill was owned by the Burke family, who also owned the nearby Tawnagh House and several other properties in the area.

The mill is situated on the edge of a salt marsh that is rich in wildlife, especially birds. The marsh is part of the Kinvara Bay Special Area of Conservation, which protects the natural habitats and species of the area. The mill is also surrounded by the Burren hills, which are famous for their limestone landscapes and flora. The mill offers a stunning contrast between the industrial and the natural, and it is a great place to enjoy the views and the tranquility.

The mill is now roofless and derelict, but it still retains some of its original features, such as the stone walls, the windows, and the culvert opening. The mill is accessible by foot from the road, but it is on private property should the landowner’s permission should be sought in advance. 

Tawnagh Mill is a hidden gem of Galway’s industrial heritage, and it is well worth a visit for anyone interested in history, nature, or photography. It is a reminder of the past and a testament to the ingenuity and resilience of the people who lived and worked there.


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Tawnagh Mill



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