Water Flowing in Canal near Mill

Our walk in the eastern side of Ballincollig Regional Park (where the Gunpowder Mill and former Visitor’s Centre is) on Saturday afternoon started at the Mill. The image below shows the recently repaired Mill housing, with water flowing in the canal near it. Damage to the  protective”shed” housing the Mill, in 2011 caused outrage among those concerned with heritage in Ballincollig itself and beyond. The timber “shed” surrounding the only surviving mill (which is fully functional due to extensive restorative work several years ago) has been repaired….you can see the lighter coloured wood. The canal alongside it now has water flowing in it…in an effort to keep vandals out of the Mill and Blast wall area which used to be part of the highlight of a visit to the Gunpowder Mills Heritage centre. Congratulations to all those involved in getting the recent repair work done and the canal working again….it doesn’t happen without a lot of effort and determination. Jenny Webb, Patricia Power (Cork County Council) and Fred Hammond all contributed to bringing these repairs about.

Canal and Mill (Jan 2012)

Mill which shows repair work

Above is a close up of the mill showing the repair work and the blast walls behind it.

Window grille added 2011, gone already

Walking along the path which has many ruined buildings visible through the overgrowth, you can see efforts by the authorities to close off the buildings. One of these, shown above shows that one of the metal grilles which was added in mid-2011, is already completely removed.

Gunpowder Magazine

Our leisurely walk took us of the beaten path where you come across other ruined buildings such as the Magazine shown above. There are many ruined buildings, all of which had a purpose in the grand scheme which was the Gunpowder Mills. Now, they are mysterious, eerie and exciting to stumble into, while walking in the park.

Another View of the Mill and CanalRambling back to the Mills, we couldn’t resist taking another shot of the Mill.

Former Visitors' Centre...new arrivals?

Surprisingly, the door of the former Visitors’ Centre was open….with people moving items into the building. Could this be the new tenants? According to the Cork Independent 19th Jan. 2011, these tenants are The Cork Screen Commission, established jointly by the Cork City and County Councils and managed by the Cork Film Centre.

The Long Range

We got back into the car and took a small side trip to photograph the Long Range which used to be workers cottages. Then up the hill with another side trip to the Landing Field.

Culm Store near "The Landing Field" and Water Treatment Centre

The above image shows a Culm Store (coal store) which is at the side of the Water treatment plant and the Landing Field area now used for soccer matches. With a muddied car, we carried on up the hill to the main road and home.

Apparently, walking trails are planned for Ballincollig….and these will encompass the Regional Park and Military Barracks areas.  This can only be good!

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7 Responses to Water Flowing in Canal near Mill

  1. Rita Flynn says:

    Well done, I’m delighted to see that. It’s a shame that the heritage centre is not back functioning though…We loved it when it was open and we could see the photographs on the walls and have a coffe in the coffe shop….Maybe it will open again!? It would mean all the work that was done in getting the grounds ready for the public wasn’t for nothing…

  2. ballincollig says:

    I agree. It is a shame that the Gunpowder Mill is not open to the public as a heritage site. The Visitors’ Centre would be a fantastic coffee shop with a wonderful view of the canals and old blast walls. I doubt if it will open again though.

  3. Pat Flynn says:

    Ballincollig has a great Gunpowder Heritage that should be promoted to bring extra visitors to the town. Blarney does it with a stone………!

    I say relocate the Gunpowder exhibition to a central position within the village so that it can be more accessible to visitors.

    Please access the following link
    to view the first part of the Ballincollig Gunpowder Story.

    • ballincollig says:

      Once again, I agree with your comments. The Coach House at the Ballincollig Shopping Centre would be a central location for a display. With the Gunpowder Mills, Barrracks and Castle there is plenty to attract visitors to the town of they were promoted!

      Great video!


      • Pat Flynn says:

        That is it exactly. The Coach House is already made for it and it would give the town a focus. Yes, and it could give some employment as well as make use of an empty building. Not much point in maintaining the Gunpowder Heritage Exhibition in the bushes where it cannot be seen…..! The exhibit material should be in use for the benefit of Ballincollig.

  4. Jenny Webb says:

    I was fascinated by your photo of the culm store which I only realised was there a short while ago. Apparently there is also yet another lime kiln in the vicinity.

    Regarding a town museum, a campaign could be launched but it would have to be done through official channels-perhaps using the newly established Communtity Forum which is meant to liaise between the town and the county council. Individuals on their own have no hope of effecting change!

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