Why Do Windmills Turn Clockwise in Ireland?


Quick Answer

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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