Works begin on historic Ennis mill wheel

Works begin on historic Ennis mill wheel


Work began on repairing the wheel on Wednesday morning – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Repair work has begun on the historic mill wheel on the Mill Road Ennis.

The famous wheel stopped turning in early August due to a damaged pintel and axel.

The wood and iron waterwheel, which is a protected structure and a recorded national monument, is the last remaining component of Ennis Corn Mill (later Whiting Mill) which was constructed on the River Fergus during the 1830s and demolished in 1983.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Ennis Civic Trust Ltd., in conjunction with Clare County Council, completed the restoration of the landmark Mill Road water wheel in early 2016.

The repair work is being undertaken by Pat Rynn Engineering Ltd.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.