If getting wet isn’t on your list of things to do in Mayo we have you covered. A rainy day in Mayo might not seem like much fun, but there really is lots to see and do under cover too. From the unique Foxford Woollen Mills experience, to the vast collection of historic material at the Jackie Clarke, and the quirky catalogue of events at the Ballina Arts Centre, there’s something for everyone!
Take a short drive to the town of Foxford and the Foxford Woollen Mills. Originally founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892, the fledgling woollen and textiles business overcame many challenges down through the years in order to survive. Enjoy an interactive journey through a turbulent and fascinating history, finishing with a tour of the working mill where master craftspeople are at work on some of the world’s finest weaves using techniques and traditions passed down through generations to create contemporary blankets, garments and products that are sought after worldwide.
Foxford Woollen Mills
Providence Rd, Foxford, Co. Mayo
For tour bookings contact: +353 94 9256104
A collection of Irish material comprised of over 100,000 items that span 400 years, the Jackie Clarke Collection is the most important private collection of Irish historical material in public hands. Witness a dramatic narration from an original 1916 Proclamation of Independence or browse the vast collection which includes the tricolour cockade taken from the hat of Wolfe Tone by his captors in 1798 and letters from Michael Collins, Douglas Hyde, Charles Gavan Duffy, Michael Davitt and O’Donovan Rossa. As well as rare books, posters, political cartoons, pamphlets, handbills, maps, hunger strike material and personal items from Leaders of the 1916 Rising. The exhibit is located in Ballina on Pearse Street.
The Jackie Clarke Collection
T: + 353 (0)96 73508
Ballina Arts Centre presents a wide variety of theatre, dance, music and film. Theatre presentations range from touring/professional work to local, non-professional productions. The Centre’s policy aims for variety and quality. Visit the Arts Centres website or call to find out what exciting shows are on offer while you are in town. A perfect way to round off a rainy day in Mayo!
Ballina Arts Centre
Box Office: +353 (0)96 73593