St. Patrick’s Tower

Today, a couple of our teams from Automattic got together and co-worked at the digitaldepot in Dublin. Super nice facility, decent coffee and great sandwiches! This giant tower was looming just outside the building and being the curious sort, I had to look it up. The history is pretty interesting!

This former windmill, now known as St Patrick’s Tower, was the largest smock windmill in Europe and was used to power the Roe Distillery on Thomas Street in Dublin. George Roe and Company had it’s beginnings in 1757 when Peter Roe bought a small distillery here. By 1887 it had expanded into the largest distillery in Europe. At that time the Thomas Street Distillery covered 17 acres and was producing 2 million gallons of whiskey annually.

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