Blennerville Windmill was built by Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet.
Blennerville was the port for Tralee
and the centre of the Munster grain trade.
Tralee Ship Canal opened in 1846.
Blennerville went into decline. The windmill fell into ruins.
It had already fallen into ruins by the time of [Griffiths Valuation, 1853]. The ruins were then owned by the Chute family.
It was restored later in 19th century.
Fenit Pier built 1880.
Windmill finally closed 1880s, fell into ruins again, in ruins by 1896.
It was purchased 1981 by Tralee Urban District Council,
and is now restored as a tourist attraction.
The Blennerhassett genealogy on the wall at the entrance to the cafe is by Frank Blennerhassett, based on Bill Jehan's early work.
Bill Jehan says: "Frank based [the tree] on a 1968 Blennerhassett family tree drawn by myself .. as my first attempt at mapping the principal lines of the family, using standard reference works then available & before new research had been done; Please be aware that my original tree .. did contain errors and these errors remain in the wall chart at the Windmill."
See NIAH entry for Blennerville Windmill.
See Trip Advisor.
Blennerville Windmill. Photo 2003. See full size.
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