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A Family Business 1782 to 1965

I spent a very happy May in Ireland. This was one morning I will never forget. A little pathway leads from a sixteenth century bridge over the Kings River, opposite the ruins of Kells Priory. I followed it, among great white drifts of hawthorn and Queen Anne Lace, as it led between the river and the mill leat, and unexpectedly came across this lovely old stone watermill. The building was one of sixteen watermills built along a five mile stretch of the Kings River by Priory monks, who were talented water engineers. The original watermill dated to 1204, with the current watermill built by the Mullins family in the late 1700s. Old buildings are a joy to paint, especially when rich in history.

Mullin’s Mill, County Kilkenny, Ireland
TypeLandscape oil painting on linenSize50 x 40 cm (19.5 x 15.75 ins)Share
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