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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...more
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.