Photographer's Note

The present building, which replaced an earlier mill, was erected in the early 19th century. Hardings of Firville, local landlords, were the first owners. The centrally located corn mill served the surrounding parishes. Macroom-Cork Direct Railway transported the produce to the Port of Cork for export.

Macroom had electric street lighting from 1890, courtesy of Samuel Baldwin's solid fuel generating system. It was one of the first towns in Ireland to enjoy such a luxury. The Town Commissioners decided to upgrade the service in 1899 and Macroom & District Lighting Syndicate installed a water powered generator at Bealick, which was now known as Looneys Mill. This was to supply the towns street lighting until the advent of the ESB in 1935 Francis St. Aubyn Horgan of Firville bought the property in 1936 and used the water power in his foundry, Macroom Engineering Company which manufactured manhole covers, road signs etc. up to 1964. Some electricity is still generated at the mill.
I have inserted the internal workings to give a flavour of the inside of the mill.
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