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How Foxford became a dyed-in-the-wool success

Mill adapted when hard times hit textile sector

10th February, 2019
Joe Queenan, managing director of Foxford Woollen Mills Picture: Michael McLaughlin

When accountant Joe Queenan took over at the helm of Foxford Woollen Mills (FWM) in 1987, the historic Mayo business was on its knees.

Originally established in 1892 by nun Agnes Morrogh-Bernard to provide a sustainable income for locals, the mill had fallen into receivership, a victim of recession and the lure of low-cost manufacturing in overseas markets. Mayo native Queenan was appointed by the receiver to find a buyer for the embattled venture.

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