A stonemason giving the mill at Hoban’s car park in Castlebar a fresh look.

Works begin on old Mayo mill that has lay dormant for decades

Preliminary works have got underway in restoring the old mill at Hoban's car park in Castlebar town centre.

A stonemason has commenced operations in repointing the stone exterior facade of the building which has lay dormant for a number of decades.

Very little is known about the history of the building, apart from the fact it was used as a mill.

Farmers from throughout the areas would transport their grain to the location to have it ground into flour.

It is currently in the ownership of Pat Staunton, who has yet to reveal his plan for the property.

The previous owner, the late Tony McHugh, a brother-in-law of Mr. Staunton, had a proposal to transform it into a theme pub, having collected a large number of artefacts to be put on display there.

However, his plans unfortunately never came to fruition.

Now moves are afoot to clean up the property and bring it back into use, the full details of which will be revealed when a planning application is submitted.

The location has been used for a number of events over the years, including the screening of an All-Ireland final and a weekend music festival.