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Members of Drogheda fire station are tackling a blaze at Donaghy's Mill in Drogheda.

Members of Drogheda fire station are tackling a blaze at Donaghy's Mill in Drogheda.

Members of Drogheda fire station are tackling a blaze at Donaghy's Mill in Drogheda.

A former shoe factory and one time home to a pirate radio station was destroyed by a fire this evening.

Donaghy's Mill, beside the Boyne river in Drogheda Co Louth, was a detached multiple-bay four-storey former mill built around 1820, later used as shoe factory and then used as offices and gymnasium.

It has been vacant for a number of years.

The mill was once home to Boyneside Radio.

A former radio presenter said "it is so sad to see the building gutted. It was also sad to see it fall into disrepair as it was once home to hundreds of people who worked there when it was a shoe factory".

5 units of the fire service in Louth attended the scene as well as a hydraulic platform.

A number of residential and commercial premises were evacuated amid concerns that the structure could collapse.

Fire fighters remain on scene to ensure all hot spots are dealt with.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause has yet to be established.

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