Friday 6 December 2019

Fix it up: An enormous 1810-built corn mill in East Galway

Ahascragh Mills - you could end up with a tourist magnet
Ahascragh Mills - you could end up with a tourist magnet
Ahascragh Mills
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? For many of us, Ahascragh, Co Galway recalls RTÉ's Don't Feed the Gondolas, and the irate Monica Looley who would ring from there at the end of each show to remonstrate. Ahascragh was long a milling centre of note. Opened c.1810, this mill complex was originally owned by the Bell family and ceased operations in the 1950s after being extended then and a third building added in the 1980s.

Tell me more about the place...

The property was bought some time ago at a Bidx1 auction by an investor who figured he would restore and renovate and then establish a hospitality business, but soon realised he had bitten off more than his finances could chew.

The good news?

Ahascragh Mills
Ahascragh Mills

With a ground floor footprint of 1,700 sq ft on one building alone, this complex is enormous. The roof, beams and floors are sound in the original building and the walls seems to be solid. The Main Street site is just below an acre and an attractive millstream runs through it.

And the bad news?

The original mill building is protected and the scale of the task is enormous. Ahascragh is not a noted tourist hotbed.

How much to buy it?

The owner is seeking €150,000.

And to fix it up?

The current owner discovered it would cost circa €600,000 to convert the mill into a residence with guest house business.

What will I end up with?

Possibly a striking home and a tourist magnet.

Who do I talk to?

Jonathan Melvin (086) 8256113 will take you on a run of the mill.

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