Martry Mill is a fully functional watermill on the River Blackwater with the earliest records dating back to 1641. In 1859 the Tallon family took over the mill and have been running it ever since. The current owner, James, is the fourth generation of Tallon men to run the mill.
Using local grain, Martry Mill grinds stoneground wholemeal flour for delivery to local supermarkets and bakeries, which has many health benefits over standard flour. Restoration work was recently carried out to restore the millwheel and internal machinery to their original state; this included the iconic waterwheel.
Since the completion of the restoration work, Martry Mill has been open for tours and talks. Martry Mill is rich in history, as it has survived through famines, wars and recessions. James has worked in Martry Mill his entire life and is an expert in mill history and flour production. He loves any opportunity to talk about the mill's history, anecdotes from growing up there and how Martry Mill is part of the local community.
Martry Mill featured in an episode of the RTÉ documentary series called 'Hands' during the 1980s and more recently has featured in Irish TV's 'Meath Matters' and TG4's 'Spillane An Fánaí'.
From the Mill, you can drive to Kells to see the beautiful 9th century High Crosses, in about fifteen minutes.