The first record of Martry Mill dates back to the Civil Survey of 1641 where it was documented that a mill and twenty cabins stood on the townland of Martery.


In 1792, the Tisdall family, who owned the area of Martry, leased the mill plus four acres of surrounding land to John Mitchell. This lease lasted for thirty-one years.


From 1823 until 1859, there were a few short tenancies one of which was to Francis McDonagh. The mill was leased with “the machinery and offices thereto belonging, and the house lately occupied as a forge, together with the ground attached to the said mill holding, containing four acres Irish Plantation measure or thereabouts.”


In 1859, Martry Mill passed to the Tallon family. Thomas Tallon, great-grandfather of the present owner, was the first of the family to work in the mill. His son, James, bought the mill in the early twentieth century under the land acts, which allowed tenants to buy their holdings.

During the first and second world wars, Martry Mill worked 24 hours a day, serving the counties of Meath and Cavan.


In 1978, the Boyne Drainage Scheme changed Martry Mill forever, which could have resulted in end of a long history of work and production at this historic building.

A publicity campaign, supported by An Taisce and the Navan Chamber of Commerce, got underway to save the mill as a working concern. This resulted in the rebuilding of the weir and mill-race at the new level of the river bed, and the transmission of power from the newly lowered wheel to the mill machinery.

This scheme, undertaken by the Office of Public Works, meant that Martry Mill has continued to serve its local community into the 21st Century.


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