Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor and Shop
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Based in Foxford, County Mayo, the Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre includes a shop, restaurant, art gallery and an exhibition centre. Master craftsmen from the mill create beautiful wool pieces that are sold both in Ireland and around the world.
As one of the last working mills in Ireland, Foxford was founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892 and has overcome many challenges over the years in order to survive. At that time, the area around Foxford was considered to be one of the poorest in the West of Ireland. Mother Agnes Morrogh-Bernard felt the best way to combat these poor economic conditions was by establishing viable local industries. Foxford was built on a river and this inspired her idea of building a woollen mill. The River Moy could provide the power, the sheep farmed by the local people would provide the wool and the people of Foxford would provide the labour.
Today, it is a thriving mill with master craftspeople creating beautiful pieces for sale in Foxford's three nationwide stores and in stores worldwide. There is also a visitor centre that tells the story of the remarkable nun who founded the mills and made Foxford synonymous throughout the world with high-quality tweeds, rugs and blankets. The Historical Woollen Mill Tour is available in German, French, Italian, Irish and, of course, English. Visitors are taken right through parts of the working mill as it is run today, where they can see first hand the mastery of tradition, design and craftsmanship that goes into every single Irish-made Foxford product. There is also a chance to enjoy the gourmet cafe and peruse the treasure trove of gifts in the bright and airy Foxford store.
Foxford Restaurant features a wide array of local, seasonal produce. Using herbs from the restaurant's own herb garden, the chefs put the finishing touches to all dishes served.