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.

“It was a...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Tom Maguire: Tax changes we make now could help business for years

More Business Tom Maguire 9 months ago

The Daily Briefing

The Daily Briefing