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One of the first reinforced concrete buildings built in Ireland was Sallins Sugar Factory, according to the website Kildare.ie. It was built on the banks of the Grand Canal about 1km to the East of Sallins village in County Kildare by a German man around the time of the First World War.
Reinforced concrete is now the most widely used building material and is made by pouring concrete around steel reinforcement. The addition of steel reinforcement transforms the concrete into a much stronger material. The actual quotation from Kildare.ie is below;
On the north bank shortly after passing under the rail bridge you will see a concrete shell which is all that remains of an attempt by a German national to build a sugar – factory about the time of the First World War. The enterprise failed but the building is noted as one of the first to use reinforced concrete. Sallins is a gem of a canal-side village………….