Mayo’s craftsmen weave their magic in Foxford

Foxford Woollen Mills is one of the last working mills in Ireland. It was founded by an Irish Sister of Charity nun in 1892 and overcame many challenges over the years in order to survive.

Foxford operates with master craftsmen in a working mill that produces some of the world’s finest weaves using traditions passed down through generations. One hundred years on, Foxford is a thriving Working Mill and Visitors Centre, employing over 40 people and allowing a tradition spanning thousands of years to survive and flourish.

As has been the case for generations, Foxford pieces are treasured possessions and welcome gifts, but with the help of award-winning Irish designers such as Helen McAlinden, they have been given a contemporary look. Foxford pieces are sold not only in Foxford stores around Ireland, but also in selected retailers all over the world, and from Foxford's online store.

What was once a late 19th Century convent is now a bustling hive of activity. The bright and airy 465 square metre premises is home to a gourmet cafe and restaurant where local ingredients are prepared by Head Chef Kathleen Lally, formerly of the Four Seasons and Ashford Castle. Using local produce and home-grown herbs, tasty food is available all day. A collection of homemade jams, preserves and cakes are available to buy.

Today, the Visitor Centre welcomes tens of thousands of people every year, where at no charge, they enjoy an interactive journey through the past, finishing with a tour of the working mill and an opportunity to watch master craftspeople at work. With ample parking, full wheelchair facilities and the award-winning cafe and restaurant it is an experience to remember.

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