An old flour mill on the canal

On my way to the ruins of Clonmacnoise, I came to a very small but steep bridge over a canal, and stopped for a photo of the canal. The bridge was stone, one lane, and rose up severely, and then back down on the opposite side of the canal. While I was out of my car, I came across an older man walking along the canal, and asked him about the lock on the canal, and how it was operated. He said that those using the canal with their boats would call the lock master in advance, and make an appointment for him to show up and operate the lock, taking their boat from one level to the next (up or down), and pay him before going on their way. Interesting to see the canal system extending the reach of small boats into the more remote areas of Ireland, out of reach from the major rivers, but critical to the transport of agricultural products to market.

View from the stone bridge down the canal

Old millstone, leaning on the wall

Upstairs balcony and red doors

“Dating Stone,” part of the original construction from May 21, 1369

The mill building, changed substantially since the time that it was built in 1369

Before the man went on his way, he let me know that I was just steps from an old flour mill, powered by the flow of the canal running under the waterwheel of the mill. I walked not more than 100 meters to find the mill, totally hidden from view by trees, and got a few photos before heading out on my way to my destination, Clonmacnoise.

First view of the water wheel, which drove the mill stone grinding grain

The power behind the mill–driven by the current of the canal nearby

Courtyard of the miller’s residence

Bell to communicate from the mill to the house

 

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