Foxford Woollen Mills, County Mayo

Over a century ago, the woollen mills were set up by the Sisters of Charity to provide employment in an area that was suffering great economic and social deprivation. The story of these mills, famous for their rugs and other woven products, is told in audio-visual form in the visitor centre, the Foxford Experience. The trials and tribulations of post-famine Mayo form a dramatic introduction to the tour of the mills, during which visitors can see Foxford rugs and tweeds being made.

24 km (15 miles) NE of Castlebar.
Admission charge.
Exhibition centre, shop, restaurant.
Tel. (094) 56756.