Foxford Woollen Mills

  • The Foxford Woollen Mills has been selected by the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland to exhibit at the prestigious New York exhibition, NY NOW@2018.

    It’s one of seven Irish designers chosen.

    As one of the last working mills in Ireland ,Foxford Woollen Mills continues to create throws, scarves and blankets known internationally.

    Foxford Woollen Mills is actually returning to NY NOW, having exhibited in the influential Accent on Designs area at the exhibition in 2015.

    NY NOW@2018 takes place at Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in the city from Sunday next to Wednesday ( Aug 12 -15th).

    Joe Queenan is the Managing Director of the Foxford Woollen, he told  Midwest News today that the major US trade fair is a unique opportunity for the Foxford brand to meet with existing customers and establish new business with trade buyers and talk to key members of the media attending the show.

  • Mayo County Council was delighted to present the Grand Marshal of the New York City St Patrick’s Day parade, Brian O’Dwyer, with an iconic Foxford Woollen Mills Michael Collins Rug at a function in New York on Friday March 15th.

    Brian O’Dwyer became the third member of his family to lead the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York, following in the footsteps of his father, City Council President Paul O’Dwyer, who led the parade in 1974, and his uncle William O’Dwyer, the 100th Mayor of New York City, who was Grand Marshal in 1938.

    Mr O’Dwyer’s father and uncle were natives of Bohola, Co. Mayo and the Attorney & Immigration Activist has retained his strong Mayo ties over the years.

    In early 1922, Foxford Woollen Mills presented a specially commissioned Travel Blanket to General Michael Collins to mark his appointment to Commander-in-Chief of the newly established Irish Army. The rug was in his armoured car at the ambush at Béal Na Bláth in August 1922 and was used to wrap the body for transportation to Cork. It was recovered at Shanakiel Hospital by Nurse Nora O'Donaghue and later donated to the National Museum.

    Foxford Woollen Mills have reproduced the blanket in conjunction with the Michael Collins House, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, and to mark the occasion of leading the New York parade, Mayo County Council presented Brian O’Dwyer with the commemorative rug.

  • Mayo-based Minister Michael Ring has completed a busy St Patrick’s Day schedule of events in Boston during which he met with politicians, representatives of the Irish American community and business representatives.

    The Minister for Community & Rural Affairs presented a gift from Foxford Woollen Mills to the Mayor of Boston Marty Walsh, who has family connections in Connemara and is due to receive the Freedom of Galway, and to the Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker, who visited Ireland last year.

    During his trip, Minister Ring met with numerous Irish groups including the Mayo Association, the Irish American Partnership, the Irish International Immigrant Centre, the Charitable Irish Society and the Irish Pastoral Centre. He said these organisations provide fantastic support for the Irish diaspora in Boston and they are a credit to the strong and vibrant Irish American community in the city. 

    Minister Ring said that during his meetings with public representatives, he highlighted the situation of the undocumented Irish, of whom there are many in Boston and the wider area.

    He said both Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh are very aware of the difficulties faced by the undocumented Irish – an issue which the Taoiseach also raised with President Trump.

    Minister Ring also marched in the St Patrick’s Day parade in Boston, which was attended by tens of thousands of people.