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"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" old English proverb.
In 1891, forty years after the great famine, the West of Ireland was still considered a wasteland and the area around Foxford Co. Mayo was considered to be the poorest district in the region.
Into this community arrived five Sisters of Charity, led by Sr. Arsenius. She believed the best way to improve the dire social and economic situation was to enable the people to help themselves and to that end hit on the idea of providing a woollen mill. The sheep farmed locally would supply the raw material, the river Moy would provide the power, and the inhabitants of Foxford would make up the labour force, Foxford Mills was established. The company thrived through the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's but in 1987 the nuns called in the receiver. By a stroke of fate, a group of investors were convinced that Foxford had a heritage and a brand worth preserving and so now, Foxford once again thrives, producing what can only be described as amongst the best worldwide in throws, scarves, blankets, rugs and upholstery fabrics, all woven still at the original mill at Foxford.