Leenane Sheep & Wool Centre
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Leenane, Galway, Republic of Ireland
The Leenane Sheep and Wool Centre aims to foster awareness of the traditional sheep and wool industry in Connemara. They are situated in Leenane on the N59, which is about halfway between Clifden and Westport.
Discover the world of wool and the interesting process from sheep-shearing to world-famous Irish knitwear creations at Leenane Sheep & Wool Centre.
Meet the various breeds of sheep on display at Leenane or watch them being sheared in peak season. Learn not only about sheep farming in Connemara but follow the wool from sheep to yarn through daily carding, spinning and weaving demonstrations.
Watch as these ancient skills are practised on spinning wheels and looms from the turn of the last century. Listen to interviews from locals who remember the past and Connemara traditions. Ask any woolly or sheepish questions you like.
An introduction to the local area is available in English, Irish, French, German or Italian while there is a pictorial display of the history of sheep and wool handicrafts.
The gift shop carries a range of colourful and thoughtful souvenirs, ranging from crystal, woollens and jewellery, through to little presents and mementoes. Beautiful knits, woven sweaters, scarves and throws are available while for keen knitters there is a fantastic range of 100% Irish wool knitting yarn available. Practical items include rainwear, (ideal for Connemara weather) while a variety of books by Irish novelists and authors on local history, flora and fauna, plus Ordnance Survey maps for walkers are also in stock.
An Tobar Café serves home-made meals and snacks.