Our Industrial Past


The roofless remains of Woods Mill, County Offaly, so named because when described in the 1840s it was operated by one Thomas Woods. Dating from the late 18th/early 19th century, a time when increasing numbers of these commercial complexes were being constructed throughout the country, the building is of five storeys and six storeys. It operated as both a flour mill (water-powered thanks to the adjacent Little Brosna river) and a kiln. Converted to a saw mill at the end of the 19th century, it now stands empty, another mute witness to our increasingly lost industrial heritage.

2 comments on “Our Industrial Past

  1. Donna says:

    How can someone send an email or letter to Robert O’Byrne. Edith Bingham recently met him on a trip to Ireland and has a signed copy of “The Irish Aesthete, Ruins of Ireland”. She would like to contact him. Best, Donna Watson, Assistant to Edith Bingham

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