The Mill at Kilbegly

Roscommon County Library hosted a large audience on 6 June 2013 for the launch of The Mill at Kilbegly by Neil Jackman, Caitríona Moore and Colin Rynne, the latest title in the NRA Scheme Monographs series.

The mill site was excavated by archaeologists from Valerie J Keeley Ltd in 2007. At the time, there was intense local interest in the spectacularly well-preserved remains of this early medieval horizontal-wheeled mill and hence the high local interest in the full publication of the investigation results.

The book was launched by distinguished scholar and author Professor Fergus Kelly, of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Excavation Director Neil Jackman addressed the audience with warm and often humorous recollections of life on the excavation site. Councillor Tom Crosby, Mayor of County Roscommon, said he hoped one day to see the preserved mill timbers (currently stored at the National Museum of Ireland) exhibited in the county.

The Mill at Kilbegly: an archaeological investigation on the route of the M6 Ballinasloe to Athlone national road scheme (NRA Scheme Monographs 12) is published by the NRA and is available through bookshops or directly from Wordwell Books, Unit 9, 78 Furze Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18 (tel: +353 1 2947860; e-mail: