Work begins on historic Kilmainham factory with plans to turn it into a ‘cultural centre’

Work to save “a unique piece of Dublin’s industrial heritage” is due to start this week.

Enabling works are required to secure and prepare the Kilmainham factory ahead of a planned redevelopment of the historic building.

The protected structure, acquired by Dublin City Council in 2018, includes several buildings from the early 19th to mid-20th century and a packed run of mills off the River Camac.

The landmark Dublin 8 served as a flour mill throughout the 1800s before converting to textile production around the turn of the century. It ceased operations in 2000.

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Dublin City Council hopes to develop the mill as a cultural center

Dublin City Council hopes to develop the mill as a cultural center

The planned work includes removing asbestos, shoring up the floors, protecting industrial machinery and clearing debris, as well as repairing the roof, windows and doors of the plant.

This phase of the conservation-focused redevelopment project is being overseen by Howley Hayes Cooney Architects and Cora Engineering, with the work expected to take approximately eight months.

Dublin City Council has said its ambition is to open the restored mill to the public as a “cultural centre” for Kilmainham.