The Red Barn, the story so far…

The path to Skerries Mills is changing. An industrial Red Barn from the 1950’s used as storage for several decades was the first thing to catch your eye when approaching the Watermill building and Skerries Mills main entrance/ The Barn, not meeting today’s building regulations is gone but not forgotten. In fact, Fingal County Council, Economic, Enterprise, Tourism & Cultural Development, have carefully planned in recent years to retain the landscape by re-building in place of the recently demolished Red Barn.

An almost identical structure, will meet today’s standards, and have access to utilities, as a warm welcoming room with added features, such as an entrance overlooking the Willow Garden. Hard work is ongoing on the site with enabling works ahead of the new build tender. In the first months of 2024, much progress has been made in removing the old structure, embedding services, and adjusting access. The remainder of the works will take place behind the scenes and the curtain of hoarding, in expectation of the new larger Barn, with a modern twist, being unveiled in 2025/26. The Barn will welcome visiting groups and educational groups for demonstrations and learning, and be a greatly improved use of the space. It will support Skerries Mills in showcasing the unique heritage site, and help deliver the Mill’s mission of enriching the extensive tourism offering in Fingal, and telling the story of the site to visitors from far and wide.

Skerries Mills greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of all our customers and visitors who have continued to support us during the period of enabling works. We wish to sincerely thank each and every one of you. We also wish to thank Skerries Mills Farmers Market, Skerries Art School and the crafters in Skerries Mills Courtyard for their patience with the project.