Boland’s Mill on the Kings River, Kilkenny (1193 – 1990)

The five storey Boland’s Mill  is situated in one of the most attractive mill environments in Ireland, beside the beautiful Kings River in Kilkenny.


The 5 storey Boland’s Mill

The origins of Boland’s Mill traces back to 1193, when it was owned by Augustinian monks from Cornwall. It remained the property of the Augustinians until 1540; Cromwell had ownership at one time and gave it to a man named Holohan.  By the middle of the 18th century ownership had passed to people called Phelan who milled for many years.  In 1825 Richard Hutchinson bought it and left it to his nephew, also called Richard Hutchinson, who ran the mill from 1912 to 1939 when he became ill.


The waterwheel

Lily Hutchinson, his daughter, took over the running of the mill when her father died in 1940 and ran it successfully through the difficult war years. She married Arthur Boland in 1954 and he ran the mill until his untimely death in 1979, aged 58.  The mill was idle in the years from 1979 to 1983 when Oliver Mosse leased the building and produced Kells Wholemeal between 1983 and 1987. Bill Mosse took over the running of the mill between 1987 and 1990 when it ceased milling and has been idle since.


One of 5 original mill stones

Boland’s Mill is one of seven mills situated along the Kings River between Kells and Thomastown. Some are still standing and others are now in ruins. Although the mill has fallen into disrepair over the years the original  gearing that was made from timber, the five mill stones, a large selection of the tools used during the milling of the grain and the original weigh bridge are all still intact.


Original Wooden cogs

Boland's Mill on the Kings River, Kilkenny

Boland's Mill on the Kings River, Kilkenny

Original weigh bridge

The Mill worked on commission.  The farmer owned the corn which was ground at a price per Bushel.  In those days a farmer aimed to grow enough wheat to supply his family with the wholemeal for the year and enough Barley and oats to feed his cattle, horses, sheep and hens – also for the year ahead. It was an excellent system, giving security to the farmer and his household.  During the war farmers were allowed to keep 1 Bushel of wheat per member of his household per year so they were never short of wheatmeal to make bread.


Harvest time was very busy in the mill.  All the wheat had to be dried before it was milled and if the harvest was wet most of the barley and oats also needed drying.  The grain was hauled up to be dried either in the drying lofts or in the kiln room. The grain was fed to the stones through the shoots sunk in the upper floors of the mill.  Each grain demanded a different stone dressing and for fine ground grain riddling and screening was also necessary.

If you are the owner of an old mill site or a potential hydro site or are a community group interested in developing a hydro project for community use please contact us.


Presentation of NUI Certificates in Renewable Energy Technologies and Systems

On Saturday November 30th NUI Kilkenny Campus held its annual Presentation of Certificate ceremony. Professor Rowena Peccehnino, Dean of  the Faculty of Social Science at NUI Maynooth, and Head of the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting presented the Certificates with the help of Dr. Willie Smyth and Maeve O’Byrne, Acting Head of Campus.

Certificates were awarded to over 70 students on the day. As tutor of the NUI Certificate in Renewable Energy, Technologies and Systems course it was a privilege to be invited along to be part of the celebrations and see the students receive their certificates.

NUIM Graduation 2013- Renewable Energy

The course provided the students with a broad overview of micro and small scale renewable energy technologies and systems. These included wind turbines, hydro turbines, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass. It  introduced the science behind the technologies, and the applications of this science including opportunities for small business development and/or further education. The programme was designed and delivered by Frank and the Dept. of Electronic Engineering, NUI Maynooth and was ran at Kilkenny Campus. It used an innovative mix of online learning and face to face contact.

Module 1: Renewable Energy Technology
An overview of Renewable Energy in the national and international context (energy usage, resources grid etc); and Renewable Energy Technologies including wind, hydro, solar PV and heating, heating pumps, and ocean energy.

Module 2: Renewable Energy Design Case Study 
This module involved each student picking a technology area from the following list: wind energy (micro or commercial); small hydro, solar PV, solar thermal, heat pumps. Each student completed a project including resource quantification, design and specification of a renewable energy installation, a calculation of the likely energy output and an approximate economic analysis of the project.

Module 3: Renewable Energy Industry Seminar Series 
This module was delivered through e-learning (Moodle) and allowed participants access to the wealth of commercial expertise in design, installation, management, financing and operation of renewable energy installations in Ireland. The objective was to tap into the expertise and to the issues associated with real world implementation of renewable energy technology.

We wish the lads the best of  luck and best wishes for a bright and green future from all of us at Eco Evolution!

The first ever Renewable Energy Camp to be run in Ireland

The first ever Renewable Energy Biz Camp organised by The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency is being held on 27th May in Hotel Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny. This, not to be missed completely FREE event,  is being organised to promote businesses ideas / innovation and job creation in the Green Energy Sector.

The camp is an information sharing event where experienced entrepreneurs and businesses network and share experiences on developing business ideas & products. The EnergyCamp is an ideal opportunity for individuals / companies wishing to branch into the energy sector and learn form experienced entrepreneurs.

The EnergyCamp is an opportunity for individuals and companies to share information and advise. If you would like to contribute and share your information just register your interest by clicking the box on the Registration Form.

The day kicks off at 10am when the first 3 speakers will start their presentations. There will be 3 streams of speakers running concurrently and each will have a 45 minute slot. The only rule of the day is “no sales pitches” – thus avoiding the traditional pain of conference attendance where speakers stand in front of an audience and try to sell to them.

Current topics include:

  • The story of a Wind Farm Development
  • The challenges in setting up an Anaerobic Digestion project
  • Diversifying your business into the energy sector
  • International standard ISO 14064 for carbon management
  • Community consultation & green energy
  • Archimedean Screw – hydro turbine overview

There will be a panel discussion in the afternoon to finish off the days events. The topic for the panel discussion is “Job Creation & Opportunities in the Green Energy Sector”.  This an opportunity for everyone involved during the day to participate in a lively discussion. If you are interested in participating and sharing your business experience in the green energy sector, please register your interest here along with topic to be discussed.

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) is the main sponsor and promoter of the event. KLP was was formed in 2008 as a result of the government’s decision to integrate the functions and missions of local development companies operating in the rural development and social inclusion sectors.

KLP is now continuing its work through the Rural Development Programme LEADER, Local Community and Development Programme and other supporting programmes in empowering local communities to improve their quality of life. This support comes in variety of ways including grant aid to innovative rural business and communities and development officer support to disadvantaged or marginalised communities and individuals.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event please register your interest here.  Sponsorship will allow your companys logo to be displayed on this website and on event literature. There will be a limited number of sponsors.