• Grid reference:
    • ITM 627533,820345
    • old style H2761520359
  • 54°7'53"N; 7°34'38"W
  • Townland: Gortawee, Ballyconnell, County Cavan

Clinker manufacture operational: 4/2000 to date

Approximate total clinker production to 2015: 13.7 million tonnes (32nd)

Raw materials from the same quarries as used by Derrylin at 627200, 821300, Mucklagh townland, County Cavan, only 0.75 km from the plant:

Ownership: Quinn Group. Quinn Group was reconstituted as the Aventas Group in November 2013, and was acquired by Quinn Industrial Holdings Ltd in December 2014.

Also called Scotchtown works. Supplementing Derrylin, it was built just south of the border on the opposite side of the quarry, and only 1.3 km from the older plant. The Ballyconnell and Derrylin plants are exceptionally remote . Ballyconnell was served by a railway as recently as 1959, but now the only way out of the area is through minor country roads.

Please contact me with any relevant information or corrections. I am particularly interested in firmer dates and statistics.

Note: technical information on currently operational plants is ✄withheld in the public version of the site at present.


2900 kW FLS ATOX 45 vertical roller mill heated by kiln exhaust gas(1)

One rotary kiln was installed:

Kiln A1

Supplier: FLS
Operated: 27/2/2000 to date
Process: 5-stage suspension preheater with air-separate precalciner(1)

  • hot end: ITM 627528,820319 {old style 227610,320333}
  • cold end: ITM 627539,820372 {old style 227621,320386}: the kiln is unenclosed.

Dimensions: Metric 54.00×4.550(1)
Rotation (viewed from firing end): anti-clockwise
Slope: 3.5% (2.006°)
Speed: ?
Drive: hydraulic drive via cold end roller(1)
Kiln profile: ✄: two tyres
Cooler: FLS Coolax CFG direct-aerated grate(1)
Fuel: ✄
Coal mill: indirect: 335 kW FLS ATOX 20.0 vertical roller mill(1)
Exhaust: via rawmill and electrostatic precipitator to stack(1).
Typical Output: ✄
Typical Heat Consumption: ✄


  • (1) IEEE 2003

Sources: Quinn Cement - A Modern Cement Plant in Ireland, IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference 2003, Conference Record pp 175-181: Quinn Building Products website