Here in Lucan we have a mighty historical heritage with the local mills featuring prominently.
Hills, barely recognisable in the above picture which was taken from the Liffey Bridge, just above the old mill race, has a completely different look about it today.
The buildings to the left with their two chimneys are long gone. The third chimney – the top of which is just visible behind another – still stands, minus its very top. The sheds in the centre area house bales of the raw material - nowadays they are filled with businesses of all sorts.
The red brick building on the right, formerly Hills Offices, now houses a printers and home décor business.
The photo was taken in the days before electricity when the mill was powered solely by water, the remains of the millrace are still visible on either side of the Liffey Bridge.
Generations of the same families worked in Hills Mill and also in Shackletons Flour Mill further downstream, both operating for close on 130 years.