DCC issue invite for anticipated Kilmainham Mill restoration plan

by Dublin Gazette
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Dublin City Council have issued a tender invitation for a team to create drawings and oversee the restoration process of Kilmainham Mill.

The council purchased the historic Mill in 2018, with a view to redeveloping the site for several different uses, as well as conserving the Mill building.

The individual who owned the mill prior to Dublin City Council had obtained planning permission to build apartments on the site in 2006. However, the Mill ended up in NAMA as a result of the property crash.

At the time of the sale of Kilmainham Mill, a local group campaigning to save the site said that it was positive news that the council had taken ownership, with former Lord Mayor Nial Ring commending the Save Kilmainham Mill Campaign for their work.

It is believed that the conservation project will ultimately open the mill to the public creating a cultural hub in the Kilmainham area.

A tender invitation was issued on June 6 for an architect led design team to create initial drawings, and to the construction process for the initial emergency stabilisation works of the old mill.

Overlooking the River Camac, the old Kilmainham Mill and the other smaller buildings on the complex is situated in the heart of Kilmainham.

It served as a flour mill throughout the early 1800s, prior to conversion for textile production at the turn of the century. It ceased all industrial use as a mill in 2000 and has remained unoccupied for the last 19 years.

It is understood that the mill was one of several water-powered mills in the locality prior to the 1800s, meaning that the complex could potentially be the last remaining flour mill from the 19th century in the city.

Kilmainham Mill may also be the last remaining textile mill in Ireland that still remains largely unaltered.

It is hoped that the tender for the team that will be completing the work on the mill should be issued by Dublin City Council by the end of July.

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