Drumlish Mill – Leaving Drumlish in the direction of Arva, you see a mill on your right-hand side on the outskirts of the town. There has been a mill at this location for 200 years or more, though the earlier one may have been on the site of the nearby dwelling house. It dates from at least 1854, but it may be considerably older.
Drumlish Mill - photo by Lalin Swaris
This former corn mill is of the overshot variety, powered by a mill stream running above the level of the wheel. The two-storey building beside it is the kiln where the corn was dried.
This mill was one of almost 100 that have been identified throughout Co. Longford in a recent study. Many more have either disappeared from the landscape or else are in various stages of disrepair. Drumlish Mill was restored in the 1990s and is an important reminder of what was once a major element of the landscape and economy of rural Ireland.
The mill is in private ownership, and not ordinarily accessible to the public at the present time.
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