Mullan Village

Irish Translation – “Muileann” – “The Mill”

Council Area – Monaghan County Council

Community Profile

Mullan Village is a picturesque 19th century Mill Village, located 8 miles north of Monaghan Town.  Charles Powell Leslie built the mill and terraced houses in the village in the tradition of other Ulster Mill Villages, Sion Mills and Bessbrook.  Although smaller than the other Ulster Mill Villages, Mullan is unique in that it remains practically unchanged today.

The majority of buildings in the village date from the early Victorian period.  A few of the buildings are a fine example of early rural industrial architecture and are the only ones of their kind that exist in the country today.

Initially Mullan was an important centre for the local linen industry.  Later the mill was converted to manufacture Bullock Irish Serge.  In the early part of the 20th century it fell into disuse and the whole village lay idle and deserted until 1924 when a company opened the mill as a footwear factory and 80 people were then employed in the manufacture of heavy footwear under the “Mill Brand” and “Border Brand”.

In more recent years the village has been developed again in sympathy with its original Victorian heritage.

There are a number of very attractive small cultural and heritage features within Mullan Village which make it attractive to visitors.  These include a curved stone bench, a working water pump and a mill-race which is over 1km long and reputed to be the longest mill-race in Ireland.