Foxford Woollen Mills
One of the last working mills in Ireland, Foxford was founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892 and overcame 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 the idea within her 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 stores and outlets nationwide, and in stores worldwide. There is also a visitors centre that tells the story of a remarkable nun, 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 Historical Woollen Mill Tour are free of charge and available in German, French, Italian, Irish as well as 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.