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Town Portrait

Meeting 2pm Sunday 16th June 2019 at Mullins Mill

Town Visit

Sunday 5th August 2018 as part of the monthly Craft and Food market at Mullins Mill

Town Motif

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 St Brigid’s National School, 18 students participated.

Kilkenny residents will be familiar with the schoolyard rhyme ‘Kells was, Kilkenny is and Callan will be the greatest city of the three’. Kells was certainly a thriving Anglo-Norman settlement in the 12th and 13th centuries. Its impressive Augustinian Priory dominated the west bank of the Kings River and a castle offered protection to the nearby town. In the 14th century – with increasing local unrest – the priory was fortified so that the townspeople would have somewhere to take refuge in the event of an attack. The priory was dissolved under the reign of Henry VIII and passed in to secular use.
Kells was a market town from medieval times, and supported several grain mills,

driven by the Kings River. Of these, Mullins Mill and Hutchinson’s Mill survive. Mullins Mill was founded in the eighteenth century by French Huguenots – on the site of an earlier, twelfth century, mill – and continued to operate until 1966. It was bought in 1997 by the Kells Regional Economic and Tourism Enterprise (KRETE) and today functions as a milling museum, cafe, venue, and gallery space. Mullin’s and Hutchinson’s Mills are only two of the sixteen mills that were once operational along the stretch of Kings River between the villages of Callan and Ennisnag – which gives an idea of the economic and social importance of the milling industry to the area.