Early Industry

The former flour mills at Shrule, County Longford. Rising adjacent to the river Inny and thought to date from the start of the 19th century, it appears to be a rare example of an early industrial premises in this part of the country. Samuel Lewis, in his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837), wrote that it annually produced around 4,000 barrels of flour. The business must have been successful because around 1850 a five-storey extension was added to the existing L-shaped building. However, the mills appear to have closed down at the start of the last century and the entire complex is now roofless and empty. 

One comment on “Early Industry

  1. lwgpweb says:

    Hi Robert- This mill is famous as its connections to John Keegan Casey 19c poet who penned the Rising of the moon about the failed march on Granard – Local legend is they gathered on the opposite bank and Marched by moonlight to try to Capture Granard from the English Garrison.

    John worked there for a time as a clerk and his parents are buried in the nearby graveyard. He is buried in Glasnevin – where he died from poor health after a stint in Mountjoy Jail .

    Its a story worth remembering .

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