Founded in the seventeenth century within a loop of the Owenass River. From the start a town of great industry and prosperity dominated by the enterprise of the Quaker community and later served by the Grand canal. Its enterprise is still exemplified by the Mountmellick Development Association which commissioned the conversion of a grain mill into a Business Park/Enterprise Centre for industry wishing to locate in the town. The centre also houses a Quaker museum, and exhibitons. A pleasing town with a fine square, architecturally impressive houses, shops and ecclesiastical buildings.
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