Fire brigade dealing with major fire in Drogheda

Blaze at former Donaghy’s Mill site has sent plumes of smoke into the skies above town

Several units of the fire brigade is tackling a blaze at Donaghy’s Mill in Drogheda. Photograph: Anthony Murphy

Several units of the fire brigade is tackling a blaze at Donaghy’s Mill in Drogheda. Photograph: Anthony Murphy

 

Several units of the fire brigade are attempting to bring a major fire at the former Donaghy’s Mill site in Drogheda, Co Louth, under control.

The building, a former shoe factory and one time home to a pirate radio station located on the banks of the Boyne River, has been vacant for a number of years.

The roof of the detached multiple-bay four-storey former mill, built circa 1820, has collapsed and the building has been completely gutted.

The blaze sent plumes of smoke into the skies above Drogheda on Friday evening.

The fire at Donaghy’s Mill in Drogheda. Photograph: Patrick Logue
The fire at Donaghy’s Mill in Drogheda. Photograph: Patrick Logue

Trinity Street has been closed to outbound traffic between George’s Street and Ashfield Green due to the fire. AA Roadwatch said inbound traffic on the route was heavy and advised motorists to exercise caution as smoke may affect visibility.

The mill was once home to Boyneside Radio. A former radio presenter said it was “so sad to see the building gutted. It was also sad to see it fall into disrepair as it was once home to hundreds of people who worked there when it was a shoe factory”.

There are no reports of any casualties.