Saturday, 29 June 2013

Getting Back to your Roots

during the foxford gathering weekend, Join the Mayo Genealogy Group for there informative Talk and Workshop in the Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre from 11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. The Group will offer practical tips to successfully trace your roots and family tree. 

The link below will take you to the national archives of ireland website. where you can take a look at the census of the foxford town taken back in 1911.

Friday, 28 June 2013

foxford jewellery

Master Goldsmith Michael Field demonstrates engraving a Celtic knot pattern on to a silver Celtic cross by the traditional method. If you find yourself in Foxford pop down to the Woollen mill and check out his work.

Father and Son

In lead up to the F.R. Higgins Memorial Service in the Church of Ireland, Market Square, Foxford on Sunday 4th August 2013 as part of the Foxford Gathering 2013, here is an audio poem recital of F.R. Higgins’ ‘Father and Son’ read by the actor Pierce Brosnan

The Foxford Gathering has a sign

Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Admiral

The Admiral will make its first debut in Mayo at the Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar on the 2nd July at 8 p.m. and will continue at this venue every Tuesday till September. 

Foxford girls

A group of young Foxford girls on the steps outside the Admiral Brown Memorial Hall, Chapel Road, Foxford, County Mayo.

The Class of '73

The Class of '73 are invited to be "anseo" in the former St. Patrick's Boys School, Chapel Rd, Foxford on Saturday the 3rd August at 1 p.m. for a retake of the photo below. If you meet them, be gentle as they are older now!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Frederick Robert Higgins

"Remembering Frederick Robert Higgins" Foxford's famous poet, friend of W.B.Yeats, and former Director of the Abbey Theatre Dublin. He organised and accompanied the first tour of the Abbey Players to North America He wrote volumes of poetry and a number of plays. Why not visit the locations of some of his poems while at the Gathering Foxford 2013 on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2013.

Padraic O'Conaire Gaelic Storyteller
by F.R. Higgins

They've paid the last respects in sad tobacco
And silent is this wakehouse in its haze;
They've paid the last respects; and now their whiskey
Flings laughing words on mouths of prayer and praise;
And so young couples huddle by the gables.
O let them grope home through the hedgy night -
Alone I'll mourn my old friend, while the cold dawn
Thins out the holy candlelight.

Foxford at Night

Foxford at Night
Photo by Aoife Bourke

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Bonfire 2013


To all of you who are going to be celebrating bonfire night. 
·         Keep warm 
·         Keep an eye on those children 
·         Don't be burning any microwaves (there are safer ways of getting rid of old electrical items)
·         Keep your community clean
·         Watch out for midgets
·         Watch out for changes in wind direction
·         And be prepared for rainfall
·         Watch out for ash the next day
 ·        Burn your chairs last


Lundy Haulage pulling out of O'Hara's Bakery in Foxford County Mayo. ( be careful with your volume when playing this video)

Saturday, 22 June 2013

The Argentine Navy

The Argentine Navy including Commodore Mark Mellett, Irish Naval Service, salute the memory of the late J.J.O'Hara, former President of the Admiral Brown Society, Foxford, County Mayo. The J.J.O'Hara Memorial Lecture will take place in the Mayfly Hotel, Main Street, Foxford on Friday the 2nd August at 8.p.m.
Pictured at the Admiral William Brown Monument in Foxford, County Mayo, Ireland was Thomas N. Hudson, author of Admiral William Brown Master of the River Plate. Of Admiral Brown he states" He will be remembered for his audacity, humanity, toughness, perseverance, and worldliness. He won the respect of all who knew him. The world could do with more William Browns".

Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Docklands, Dublin

Friday, 21 June 2013

Foxford Circa 1974

Some old footage of Foxford from 1974, really shows how much the town has changed over the years.
special Thanks to PJ Tiernan for giving us permission use this video.     

"toast the Admiral"

If you are out and about either this evening or tomorrow, don't forget to rise your glass to"toast the Admiral" Son of Foxford and Hero of Argentina whose 236th birthday is tomorrow. 

Thursday, 20 June 2013


“The J.J.O’Hara Memorial Lecture”: Mayfly Hotel, Foxford, and Friday 2
“Irish Emigration to Argentina and other Latin American Countries” which will be delivered by Dr. David Barnwell, N.U.I. Maynooth.
Admission Free.

“Getting Back to your Roots”:
Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre, Saturday the 3a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Join the hugely popular Mayo Genealogy Group for this informative Talk and Workshop in the Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre from 11.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. The Group will offer practical tips to successfully trace your roots and family tree. 
Admission Free

“Cycle Tour of Ireland”
Foxford Sports / Leisure Centre, Saturday Afternoon.
Start your cycle tour of Ireland here in Foxford on our exercise bikes, at our state of the art Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre, (Charitable Fundraiser). 
Great rates for gym, etc, over this weekend!. 
Admission Free. / Charitable Donation will be gratefully accepted.

“Class of ’73 Photographic Reunion”:
Morrough Bernard Social Services Centre, Chapel Road, Saturday the 3th August at 1 p.m.
Exactly forty years ago a photograph was taken of
St. Patrick’s Boys School, Chapel Rd.
Former students are to meet again in the yard for a retake of  old photograph. Happily all are well; most live in Ireland, while three live in England and one in the U.S. 

“Sean Nos Dancing Workshop”: Brown Memorial Hall, Chapel Road,
Saturday the 3rd
Join Edwina Guckian for a Sean Nos Dancing workshop for Beginners, at 3 p.m. while the Advanced Class commences at 4 p.m. Admission: Children €5. Adults €8.
 All are welcome

“Gathering Mass” Saint Michael’s Church, Chapel Rd, Saturday 3 August 7.30 p.m.
Remembering members of the Foxford community both at home and abroad.

“The Admiral” Show: Brown Memorial Hall, Saturday 3rd August, commencing at 8.30 p.m.
Moy Productions presents “The Admiral” the amazing story of Admiral  William Brown, Son of Foxford, Hero of Argentina.  This show will leave you breathless, featuring the very best dancers and musicians in a fluid historical narrative with strong traditional and Latino influences.  Seats may be reserved by contacting:

“American Wake”: Mayfly Hotel, Saturday 3rd

“Remembering F. R. Higgins”: Church of Ireland, Market Square, and Sunday 4th August at 10 a.m.
A Special Prayer Service takes place in the Church of Ireland, on Sunday
the 4th August, in memory of Foxford poet and playwright, Frederick Robert Higgins, friend of W.B.Yeats, and former Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. A family relative, Aiden Gray will recite one of Frederick’s poems during the service.     

“A Foxford Musical Experience”: Foxford Town Public Car Park, off
Main Street, Sunday 4th August at 2 p.m.
Come, Relax, and listen to all your musical favourites with the Sligo Concert Band, featuring local musician, Liam Jones.

“Possible Vintage Motor Display”: Foxford Town Public Park, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Traditional Session”: Cruiser’s Bar, Main Street, at 5 p.m.
Relax and enjoy a traditional session featuring traditional music, dance, and singing and poetry.

Talk on “Foxford’s Ironmasters” Church of Ireland, Market Square, at 7p.m.
Foxford historian and Geneva based, Vivian Sheridan will explore the history of Foxford’s Iron Industry and the families involved. 
Admission Free.  Donations towards the Church Restoration Fund will be gratefully accepted. Also why visit the Foxford Woollen Mills and the Admiral Brown Museum.

Foxford's invitation to the gathering

The historic town of Foxford, County Mayo like most towns in the West of Ireland suffered from the effects of emigration, resulting in the loss of family members, and a missing generation in the community, effectively leaving town lands devoid of its former population. Unfortunately, emigration has once again become a modern day reality as our young people seek out opportunities across Europe, Australia and the U.S.A. There are an estimated 60 to 70 million people worldwide, who place a huge value on this country and their connections to it, including those whose ancestors were from the Foxford area.  The traditional areas of destination for the Irish diaspora in England were; Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, the Midlands, Leeds, and  London, while countless other sought new lives in America, especially New York, New Jersey, Boston, and Philadelphia among others.The Gathering Foxford 2013 which takes place on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th  August affords us an opportunity to come together in celebration, renewing relationships with family, neighbours, and friends while paying tribute to all our emigrants from Foxford, County Mayo, and the West of Ireland.In addition, Foxford enjoys a unique relationship with Argentina,