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Why do windmills turn clockwise in Ireland?

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Windmills in Ireland turn clockwise only if they were designed to do so, which is true anywhere in the world. If designed to turn counter-clockwise, they do so as well. There is no truth to the rumor that all windmills in Ireland turn clockwise.

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The direction which a windmill turns depends entirely on the shape of the blade and the preference of the owner/manufacturer. Many older, counter-clockwise windmills were simply made by right-handed builders. Newer windmills with a prop attached to a generator use single bolt or nut assembly and rotate clockwise to maintain a tight fit. The same rules also apply to windmills in Ireland as they do the rest of the world.

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