Portlaw Cotton Factory, Portlaw

Factory Road (off)
Co Waterford


  • NIAH Ref: 22803073
  • Date: 1820 - 1830
  • Rating: National
  • Orig. Use: Mill (Water)
  • Townland: Factory Road (off)
  • County: Waterford
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  • Last Reviewed: August 2019

Criteria for Risk

  • Vacant with no identified new use
  • Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance


  • Condition of Structure: Ruinous
  • Level of Risk: High


The building is a roofless shell. None of the original fabric remains other than the external walls. It is suffering from structural problems that could lead to full or partial collapse, and there is an immediate threat of further deterioration.

One of the largest 19th century structures in Ireland, similar to cotton factories found in Lancashire in the United Kingdom. The site has been abandoned, falling into decay and increasingly being overcome by vegetation in recent years. The structure is of significant historic importance and requires conservation works to prevent further deterioration.

Recommended Use

  • Commercial
  • Educational
  • Conservation

Photograph Credit: Waterford County Museum

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