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On Sunday 6th April about 30 members and friends assembled in Castlebridge, where Ethna Scallan gave them a brief history of the village and the waterways connection and was founded around its two natural resources, barley and water. The group set of walking in the direction off Eden Vale. First stop Castlebridge house with its famous Pierce Conservatory, said by some experts to be superior to Turner’s works, and the good news that it is to be restored to its former glory.
We then continued on to Mag’s Bridge where the early transport cots serviced the village before the Castlebridge canal was dug. We then entered the wooded area along the river sow known as Eden Vale. The wood was at its best with all the spring growth and buds beginning to appear. On reaching the top of the waterfall Ethna explained that there was seven mills on this stretch of the river.
We then continued along the banks of the river, where Ethna told us about Eden vale house a popular picnicking area for locals now completely gone.
The fine house with its spectacular view of the falls and gardens on the bank of the river was built of clay which meant that when it was abandoned it was allowed to decay back into the earth, leaving no unsightly rubble or concrete.
Many environmentally minded architects are recommending for modern housing. We then headed back to the village to the old mill where we met proprietor Liam Keating who showed us the old Mill
with its water wheel and told how he has restored and developed the
mill, and converted it into apartments, shops and craft studio, retaining
what he could of the original structure and using what could be salvaged
in innovative ways, like converting old cast iron pillar supports into
Paddy Hatton Slaney Branch Web master- email@example.com
16th June, 2003
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