Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre
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Foxford Woollen Mills, Saint Josephs Place, Foxford, Mayo,
Mr Joe Queenan
Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre is one of the last working woollen mills in Ireland. These world-famous quintessential Irish crafts are named after this Mayo town, located on the N26.
Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre, in County Mayo, is where master craftsman meets modern Irish design.
Originally founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892, the fledgling business overcame many challenges down through the years in order to survive.
The area around Foxford was considered to be one of the poorest in the west of Ireland in the late nineteenth century. Mother Agnes Morrogh-Bernard felt the best way to combat these poor economic conditions was to establish viable local industries.
Foxford was built on the banks of River Moy and this inspired the idea for building a woollen mill. The River Moy provided the power, the sheep farmed locally provided the wool and the locals provided the labour.
Today, it is a thriving mill with master craftspeople creating beautiful pieces for sale worldwide.
The Visitor Centre tells the story of Mother Agnes Morrogh-Bernard (1842-1932), who founded the Mills and made Foxford synonymous throughout the world with high-quality tweeds, rugs and blankets. The Woollen Mill Tour is free of charge and available in German, French, Italian, Irish and English.
Visitors are taken through parts of the working mill as it is run today, where they can watch the tradition, design and craftsmanship entailed in creating each distinctive Foxford product.
Dine in the gourmet cafe or browse the jewellery workshop, art gallery displaying the works of local artists. The bright and airy craft shop houses a treasure trove of unique gifts.