Erected in the early 19th century, The Bealick Mill located just a short distance from Macroom on the River Larney in County Cork has recently been restored from dereliction and is now a fully functional mill, heritage centre and tourism attraction.
The site of Bealick Mill is hugely important in the annals of Irish history. For the mill derives its name from ‘Bealach Leachta’, an ancient route used by local saints. Adjacent to the Mill site the Leach Mahon standing stones which commemorate the Battle of Bealach Leachta, a legendary brutal battle was fought and won in 978AD by the forces of Brian Boru, the first High King of Ireland.
The heritage centre displays an exhibition including photographs, reports, documents and studies carried out on famine conditions in local parishes during this time.
If you go: Open April to September 10am to 5pm daily and Sundays 2pm to 6pm. From October to March it is open by arrangement only.