The Admiral William Brown Society have launched a very innovative and unique ‘Admiral Brown Heritage Trail’ this weekend in Foxford. The launch which was attended by Dara Calleary TD, Minister of State and coincided with the annual RiverFest taking place in the town as well as marking National Heritage Week.
Born in Foxford in 1777, Admiral William Brown was the founder of the Navy in Argentina. He also who contributed to the fight for independence in the South American country. William Brown died in Buenos Aires in 1857 and is regarded as a national hero in Argentina.
The new trail
The trail is just under a kilometre in length and has been digitised via QR codes. Incorporate all the historical and significant sites associated with the late Admiral in Foxford town, it also includes the grave of Argentina’s ambassador to Ireland Laura Bernal who was buried in nearby Craggagh Cemetery. It also features fabulous drone footage of Foxford by David Beattie of My Irish Drone.
Maintaining strong connections
Strong ties between the Argentine community and Foxford have been maintained over the year by the late JJ O’Hara and the strong Admiral William Brown Society in the town.
Margaret Reilly, Chairperson of the Admiral Brown Society in Foxford said that she is “particularly excited about the digitalisation of this project as it allows Foxford to be showcased to a global audience”. Expressing her hopes for the future, she said, the society hope to continue working with Mayo County Council to develop a cultural museum in the town.
Watch our Instagram reel on Foxford here also.