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Cushendale Woollen Mills
Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny
Hidden gem
Family friendly
Rainy days
Cushendale Woollen Mills is found in the picturesque village of Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny, only thirty minutes by car from Kilkenny City. For over six generations, the Cushen family have created luxurious textiles from Irish wool, lambs wool and mohair at their historic woollen mill beside the River Barrow.

A remarkable history and a commitment to quality shapes everything at Cushendale Woollen Mills, County Kilkenny. Since 1778, their fibre artisans have collected local Irish fleece to dye, card, spin and weave, preserving those skills and crafts which are part of the national heritage. Their products are local, traceable and sustainable.

The craft of weaving was first established in this area in 1204 at Duiske Abbey, also known as Graiguenamanagh Abbey. The local tradition was continued by the Cushen family, whose deep knowledge and craftsmanship over the last 240 years has given Cushendale textiles their distinctive colours and quality. Yarns are hank dyed which is a delicate and signature process that enhances the fibres for a softer finish. Treat yourself to a finished item, or bring home their yarn for your own luxurious project.

During a visit to the mill you will see one of the oldest spinning machines still in use in Ireland today, learn all about wool and hear the story of the family who have shepherded this national treasure over six generations.

Why we like it
  • A family run woollen mill using traditional methods and local wool since 1778.
  • Specialising in sumptuous woollens and beautiful skeins of yarn.
  • See one of the oldest spinning machines still in use in Ireland.
  • Only thirty minutes by car from Kilkenny City and accessible by public transport.
Contact details
Mill Road, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, R95 PP83, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend up to 1 hour here.

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