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Saw Mill Bridge & Borris Mill
County Carlow

Saw Mill Bridge, Carlow c1923 (T. Curran)
"Onto Borris, a beautiful, untouched Georgian town, full of charm and heritage nestling in the fertile valley of the River Barrow, below the curve of the Blackstairs Mountains. The MacMurrough Kavanagh dynasty, former Celtic Kings of Leinster, are central to this picturesque town of old stone buildings and the family still live at Borris House in the town centre. The town prospered in the late 1800's as Arthur McMurrough Kavanagh, the landlord of the time, developed a sawmill and a thriving lace-making industry. He also instigated the building of the graceful 16-arch viaduct, situated at the lower end of the town, which carried the now defunct Great Southern and Western Railway Line between Bagenalstown and Wexford. Below Borris Lock a miniature one-eyed bridge conceals a tiny harbour." - Ess

Map of Borris (J. J. Woods)
Just at the SE end of Borris town, a bit beyond Borris House, is the Borris Saw Mill on the Mountain River. Just upstream from the mill is a weir and "Borris Bridge". This could be the Saw Mill Bridge. It could also be known as the Corn Mill Bridge, as just upstream from the bridge is the Borris Mill (Corn). Any time I've driven through Borris, I doubt if I noticed the bridge. Of course, this may not be the bridge-in-question at all [gr]. - Pete Schermerhorn

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Borris Mill, Borris, County Carlow

Miller's house c.1999
Borris Mill c.1920
Map of Boris Mill
Borris Mill in ruins c.1999

1800 - 1825 Original used as a mill (water)  Remains of four-storey double-pile corn mill, dated from c.1815, with remains of cast-iron waterwheel. Now in ruins.

Miller's house description Detached three-bay two-storey manager's house, c. 1895, on a T-shaped plan.

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