H7046 : Mullan Village information board

taken 6 years ago, near to Mullan and Burns Bridge, Monaghan, Ireland

Mullan Village information board
Mullan Village information board
The following text is included:

"1 LINEN INDUSTRY

Mullan was originally developed in the 18thand 19th century as a centre for linen manufacturing. Charles Powel Leslie built the flax mill and a small terrace of housing known as the 'White Row'. He added an additional red brick terrace, which became known as the 'Red Row' , at a later date. The overall complex included a mill race which helped to power machinery and became well known for the manufacture of 'Bullock Irish Serge'. Unfortunately the linen mill closed in the early 20th century after which most of the buildings fell into disuse.

2 MULLAN MILL BOOT FACTORY

Mullan Mill Boot Factory was established as a private company in 1924 and expanded quickly to employ over 80 people a year. It specialised in the manufacture of heavy industrial footwear, notably the 'Mill' and 'Border' brands. The factory was very successful and even supplied footwear for the Irish Army.

3 IMPACT OF THE TROUBLES

As a border village Mullan suffered greatly during the 'troubles'. Following the closure of the boot factory the population declined and most of the existing mill buildings fell into disrepair. By the nineties, many of these had been abandoned, however recently the village has been totally transformed with the restoration of the existing Mill Terrace and the extension of the village to include 20-30 new homes all of which have been designed to a very high standard and incorporate best environmental practice.

4 SMUGGLING

As a border village, smuggling was a very important part of the local scene and a way to help make ends meet. This was an on-going battle of wits between local people and the Customs Officials on both sides of the border as illustrated in this anecdote supplied by Seamus McClosky from Emyvale.

'During World War Two, I was caught smuggling loaves of white bread from Clarke's shop across the Blackwater River at Ballagh Bridge. Coming past the Boot Factory, a Customs Patrol man stopped me and confiscated the bread. It was the same official that lodged in my mother's house who on realising that he might not have white bread for his tea that evening, quickly changed his mind, returned the bread, and told me to be on my way'.

5 DANCE HALL

During the 1950s Mullan was able to support a popular Dance Hall which hosted the popular 'Clarrie Hayden Show', a touring light entertainment show where the popular entertainer Val Doonigan made his name. As the case with other similar venues through Ireland during the 'Ballroom of Romance'* it quickly established itself a social hub for both the village and the surrounding area.

6 FORMER SCHOOL

One of the buildings within the White Row was previously used as a school. This was not a National School but one which was established by the mill owners.

7 THE CURVED STONE BENCH

You can spot the unusual curved seat on the main road as you enter the village from Curlough.

8 THE WATER PUMP

There is still an old working water pump within the village."

There is no village hall, shop, church, pub or medical facility here.
*note: more on the Ballroom of Romance at Glenfarne here H0037 : Rainbow "Ballroom of Romance", Glenfarne
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Friday, 4 November, 2011   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 5 November, 2011
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Village, Rural settlement 
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Irish: geotagged! H 703 467 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:21.8796N 6:55.0718W
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