Workhouse pump

Portumna Workhouse pump

Christy Cunniffe

Workhouse pump
Christy Cunniffe
Workhouse pump
Christy Cunniffe

This cast iron pumping mechanism is from the workhouse in Portumna. It is one of a number of pumps that were located in different yards in the 8 acre complex. It comprises of a driving wheel rotated by hand that drove a conrod on a camshaft for the purpose of lifting and dropping a pump sucker in an iron sleeve in the well. It is a fine example of industrial engineering.

This page was added on 11/10/2016.

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