The Crumbling Convent – January 2014

This convent was closed soon after the turn of the century and has been neglected ever since. Grand plans for a new set of apartments fell apart a few years after the convent’s closure and since then the owner has given the site a wide berth. There seems to be no effort to secure it any more and the site is now falling apart. It has been heavily vandalised and stripped of anything of value (including what seems like every inch of metal!) It’s a shame to see how quickly the building and the attached chapel have deteriorated in this time. Thanks to fellow explorer, Stellaluna for showing me around the site.

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The Scrap Factory, Co.Limerick – January 2014

Unfortunately I can’t dig up too much information on this factory. It shut down in approximately 2003 going by the calendars in the complex. Since then it seems that large parts of the complex have been systematically torn down for scrap by the owner. One entire wall of the main factory is now missing, along with the majority of the floors and the old silos which once stood beside the factory.

Due to the amount of the factory which has been torn down the building seems quite unstable. The only remaining floor (apart from a small stone platform on the 2nd floor) is a wooden plywood floor 6-7 stories up right at the top of the factory. There are holes all over the place and the plywood doesn’t seem the sturdiest so we had to be careful of where we were treading up here.

Other than the main factory there were also several outbuildings. Most were empty but one of the outbuildings contained an old lab. The complex in all was quite trashed so it’s unfortunate that we did not get to see if before the main building started being torn apart for scrap, nonetheless it was still a fun explore.

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The Auld Mill – January 2014

It is rare to find a mill of this age in such a good condition, especially considering how long it has been abandoned to the elements. The original mill here was built in the early 1800s and it seems an extension was built onto this at a later stage. The mill stretches 6 stories high with plenty of machinery still intact on each floor and a huge water wheel still standing in the millrace. Major thanks to fellow explorer Stellaluna for coming across this one and showing me around.

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