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Cushendale Woollen Mills

Mill Road, Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny R95 PP83, Ireland
+353 59 972 4118
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Beautiful! And full of wonderful family history

Cushendale Woollen Mills is one of Irelands few authentic woollen mills still in operation. The... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
Judy D
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Brisbane, Australia
Unmissable

This is a wonderful and fascinating place, one of I think only two on Ireland where the whole... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
skeoghman
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Graiguenanamagh
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Since the mid 1800s, our Cushen family have been producing natural fibre textiles of unique colour, design and craftsmanship in the historic town of Graig-na-managh, Co.Kilkenny. We continue to preserve the traditional skills of dyeing, spinning and weaving allowing us to produce high quality, authentic Irish natural-fibre textiles. Our mill shop is open daily where you get see a selection of our products made in our adjacent mill including Irish wool blankets, lambswool throws, mohair throws and a range of fashion accessories and knitting yarns. We also sell a selection of gifts from other makers. A mill talk/tour can also be arranged. Tours must be pre-booked, ideally one week in advance. Minimum group size is 6 people.
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Mill Road, Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny R95 PP83, Ireland
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Cushendale Woollen Mills is one of Irelands few authentic woollen mills still in operation. The lady who greeted us was very friendly and very helpful. I was informed that their fleece is mixed with Australian wool to obtain its softness. The products we saw and...More

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Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful and fascinating place, one of I think only two on Ireland where the whole journey from fleece to finished garment is still viewable, on machinery that has changed little in years. Very welcoming, and the products are beautiful.

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Reviewed 14 October 2016

Graignamanagh, the monks village, was founded by Cistersian monks 800 years ago and the woollen mill dates to that time. The present owners are the 6th generation of the same family and Philip Cushen, if you can get a few minutes of his time, will...More

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Reviewed 19 September 2016

When searching for places to visit we happened across Cushendale's website. I love history and textiles, so this was near the top of our "to visit" list. We arrived in time to browse in the shop. They had many beautiful woven items to choose from....More

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Reviewed 9 September 2016

We made an effort to search out this place as it was close to our planned route. It was a fascinating place. We took the short tour and were able to meet Philip who is a 4th generation weaver at the mill. The staff explained...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2015

We wanted to visit at least one of the remaining woolen mills in Ireland, and Cushendale was right along our path. We were treated to a brief tour of the old machinery still in use at the mill. This is a place that has been...More

Thank Mary Z
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Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

We got a tour of the mill by the owner: how the wool was dyed, combined by color, spun, twisted, wound on bobbins and finally woven into tweeds, blankets etc. How boucle weave was brushed into mohair. All with wonderful old machines. And then of...More

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Reviewed 14 June 2015

First, it is a bit hard to find and we had to ask a local where it is located. ( Hint - up the hill and on the right - hard to see the sign) There was a sale on men's flat knit woolen sweaters...More

Thank 02corvette
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Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

I was so glad to actually visit the place where the Zwartbles blankets are made. I had met the sheep and I owned a blanket. The machines used are over 100 years old, one of the few left in Ireland. It was a wonderful experience...More

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Reviewed 28 June 2014

A super little mill shop which is very well stocked. The woollen mill has a long history and if you are lucky Philip Cushen will personally show you the hundred year old machinery within the mill itself and give you the history. Superb.

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