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Link to Cavan History 12th February 1971

Link to Cavan History, February 1971, issue 7502 unavailable, wheel mill On the 1st of November the Anglo Celt asked about this photograph taken in February 1971 and a few people responded to our request for information to tell us that the gentleman was the late Owen Foy from Bunnoe. The mill, which was formerly a flax mill as well, was owned by Owen’s father Tom and was the last working mill in County Cavan. They made oatmeal there until less than 20 years ago. The mill was unusual in that it was all water-driven. It served much of the locality, although in times past, there were mills all along the Annalee including at Coppanagh, Ballinallen and McPhilips’ in Kilnacreeny near Tullyvin. One person told us that in the mid 1970s /early 1980s he went into the mill some days when walking from school and watched all sorts of moving parts doing the grinding of the meal. He said that Owen was looking out to check the water level behind the mill wheel. For the wheel to run, the river had a dam installed that could divert the water through the mill wheel. He had to keep the flow correct through the wheel and also through the dam otherwise he could flood the mill and his own house adjacent to it. People came from far and wide to get Owen Foy’s oat meal for porridge. The respondent adds: “The place still stands to this day and the mill wheel is still there. Its a shame that during the Celtic Tiger era that no one tried to restore it as it is a load of history gone down the river!”

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Link to Cavan History, February 1971, issue 7502 unavailable, wheel mill On the 1st of November the Anglo Celt asked about this photograph taken in February 1971 and a few people responded to our request for information to tell us that the gentleman was the late Owen Foy from Bunnoe. The mill, which was formerly a flax mill as well, was owned by Owen’s father Tom and was the last working mill in County Cavan. They made oatmeal there until less than 20 years ago. The mill was unusual in that it was all water-driven. It served much of the locality, although in times past, there were mills all along the Annalee including at Coppanagh, Ballinallen and McPhilips’ in Kilnacreeny near Tullyvin. One person told us that in the mid 1970s /early 1980s he went into the mill some days when walking from school and watched all sorts of moving parts doing the grinding of the meal. He said that Owen was looking out to check the water level behind the mill wheel. For the wheel to run, the river had a dam installed that could divert the water through the mill wheel. He had to keep the flow correct through the wheel and also through the dam otherwise he could flood the mill and his own house adjacent to it. People came from far and wide to get Owen Foy’s oat meal for porridge. The respondent adds: “The place still stands to this day and the mill wheel is still there. Its a shame that during the Celtic Tiger era that no one tried to restore it as it is a load of history gone down the river!”

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1971-02-12

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