Tacumshane Windmill

Tacumshane , Co. Wexford

Tacumshane Windmill
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About Tacumshane Windmill

Tacumshane Windmill in Tacumshane, Co. Wexford.

Set back from the road, Tacumshane Windmill was built in 1846 by Nicholas Moran, a millright trained in Amsterdam. It is the last commercially used windmill in the Republic operating until 1936. It was designated a national monument in 1952 and is now a museum.

Most of the wood used to build the mill was driftwood and timber from shipwrecks around the coast. An unusual feature is the revolving thatched roof that could be moved to capture the wind in its sails. It was in regular use up until 1908 when it was reroofed by Richard Sinnot but then fell into disrepair. In the early 1930s it was restored again using parts from a ruined windmill at Ballyfane in Carne but by 1936 it was no longer in use. The Board of Works took over the windmill in 1948 and it was converted to a museum shortly after.

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