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The Challenge

The key challenge for the visitor journey is the walking distance associated with getting from St James’s Gate to Kilmainham. While a transport link is the obvious solution other measures will be needed to calm what is an extremely busy junction at the Richmond Gate entrance to the Royal Hospital. In addition there is a challenge around ensuring that some of the overlooked industrial heritage aspects of this location – the mills for example – find a home within the interpretive strategy being developed.

Kilmainham Mill
‘The site of Kilmainham Mill was in continuous use as a mill from the sixteenth-century through to 2000 and is probably the only unaltered nineteenth-century fulling mill remaining within Dublin. A Conservation Plan was commissioned in 2001 in recognition of its significance, with planning permission granted in 2005 for a residential apartment development which arose out of the findings of the Conservation Plan. However the development has since stalled, and with the planning permission due to expire soon, there is a greater risk from dereliction to the site.’I

  1. Carraig and McMahon, M. Dublin City Industrial Heritage Record – 2004-2009 Phase 6 South Central Area Vol. 1 Dublin City Council

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