Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Moy Davitt Ladies GAA

Moy Davitt Ladies GAA function held in the Park Hotel Kiltimagh, senior team,

front row:  Aoife Boyle, Deidre Gallagher, Rachel Lynskey, Sarah Gilmartin, Aoife Gilmartin and Grainne Mulligan. 

Middle row: Edel Mulligan, Martina Moran, Grainne Boyle , team captain, Alicia Lavelle and Stephanie Loughney. 

Back row; ClĂ­ona Mulroy, Tracey Hall, Grace Kelly, Fiona Doherty, Niamh Kelly, Sandra Hall, Natasha Gaughan. Photo
 © Ken Wright Photography 2013

Q Mark Award

O'Hara's bakery winning the Q Mark Award 

Fiddler Three

John, Kevin and Siofra McHugh


A Foxford jam session


A rare photo of Foxford taken in the 1970s

John Duffy

John Duffy with his catch 2009

Martin Roche and Paddy Holmes

Martin Roche who work at the Foxford railway station in the 1950s. The man standing next to Martin is Paddy Holmes who live on station road.

St Joseph's Class of 1992 20th Reunion

Photo taken by June Walsh

The Hangmen

Local Band the Hangmen at a birthday celebration in 1990. In the photo is Anthony Hennigan, David Howley, Brian Doherty, Thomas Doherty and Seamus Ryder.

Foxford Train Station Before and After

A photo of Foxford locals laying down wood to force the train from Ballina to stop at Foxford after its closure in 1963.  Despite the protests from locals the station remained close until 1988. 
The reopening of Foxford station in 1988. Train driver Christy Hunt is welcome at Foxford station by Packie Staunton. 

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

In the classroom

Mary O'Rourke then Minister of Education visiting St Joseph's Secondary School.

Foxford Ramblers


Mary Ginty working on the loom at the Woolen Mill.

Sport Day 1988

Brid O'Hara and Pat lillis sitting in a car while recording the results of the sports day back in 1988

Mayo Minor Champions 1987


Local band Celtica who will be playing in foxford during the Gathring.

150th Anniversary of the death of Admiral William Brown

The commemorations in Foxford to mark the 150th Anniversary of the death of Admiral William Brown, who was born in Foxford in 1777, In the picture going from left to right we have. Anthony Ruane, A.B.S. and Oliver Murphy, PRO Admiral Brown Society Foxford; Commander Mark Mellett, Irish Naval Sevice, Kevin Sherry, Foxford last surviving member of the original Admiral Brown Society in Foxford, and Paddy Naughton, community representative. Photo taken by Michael Donnelly

Scoil An Chroi Naofa sixth class of 2002-2003

Front Row: Micheal Melody, Tommy Gallagher, Seamus Conwell, Ian Moran, Micheal Tiernan,
Liam Devaney, Stephen Ward and Danny Hopkins

Second Row: Mr McHugh, Emer Burke, Sinead Roe, Eoin O'Hara, Lenna Morris, Deirdre Gallagher, Caroline Reddington, Cora Downey and Ruth Maloney.

Third Row: Tara Langan, Siofra McHugh, Conor Ruane, Sean Gilmartin, Niamh O'Hara, Lisa Sheerin, Ciara Walsh, and Siobhan Reilly.

Back row: Aisling Durkan, Sandra Dinan, Grainne Boyle, Aine Ruane, Brendan Mooney, Niamh Walsh, Aoife Clarke, and Aoife Bourke

National School

St Joseph Secondary School Staff Photo 1991-1992

Staff photo  with Willy Thornton, Mr. Kelly, Michael Hanly, Bertie Towey, Sr. Rosaleen,
 Patricia Cunningham, Michael Brennan, Michelle Behan (Fox),Nora Cawley,
 Marie Joyce, Paddy Gallagher, Brid Blehinn, Sr. Elizabeth, John Halligan, Mary Ryder, 
Peggy Cunney, Sean T McLoughlin, Marion McNamara, Eileen O'Brien, 
Catherine Calpin (Kelly), Michael Cosgrove,Seamus Durkin, Maeve O'Reilly, 
Joe McNamara,Seamus Kelly, Martin Conwell and James Cunney.


first year st joseph secondary students 1987. With Judy Killeen, Majella Farrell O'Hara, Louise Burke Dean, Valerie Glynn Gleeson and Michelle Neary.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Making Hay

John Moore, Roy Walsh, Frank O'Hara

Family Photo

 Sarah Bourke, Aoife Bourke, Sabrina Flynn, Gerard Flynn, Peter Flynn, Sandra Kneale, Alexander Davies, 
Stephen Kilgannon, Sian Davies, Peter Kilgannon.

Seamus Tiernan

Seamus Tiernan and then parish priest Dean Francis McGuinn

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Willie Thornton at the goat fair 1990

Willie Thornton at the goat fair 1990

Maurice McNulty with Tom and Pakie Carrabine

Maurice McNulty with Tom and Pakie Carrabine standing outside Johnny O'Hara shop that was on the main street of Foxford.

O' Haras of Foxford

The Foxford Scouts 1990

Members of the foxford scout

In the front row: Lisa Howley, Jacinta Coleman, Deirdre Ruane, Siobhan Guiry, Jenny Gordon,
Daniel Reape, Kevin Devaney, Marie Lavin,

In the middle row: John O'Hara, Niamh Devaney, Elizabeth Bones, Olivia Cunney, Connor O'Hara,
Tracey Brogan, Laura Bourke,

In the back row: Ann Gaughan, Des Kelly Annie Bourke

Thursday, 25 July 2013

St Joseph's Foxford Class of 1991 20 Year Reunion in 2011


Members of Riverdance visited Foxford national school on the 8th of September back in 2010. 
photos can be view here on there flickr page

The Woollen mill

In The Wool Store
Testing and Marking the Tweeds 

St Joseph's secondary school in 1961

Goat fair

Calum Best with Neil Cruise and family. Outside their pub on main street Foxford.


Maureen and Tommy Butler in O`Haras bar, Foxford in 1968

Do you recognise anyone?

The employees of the Providence Woollen Mills, Foxford Heading off to a pilgrimage to Knock Shrine. 1959

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

The Admiral, His Life, His Legacy

Sunday the 4th August 2013

Sunday the 4th August 2013
Remembering Frederick Robert Higgins:
Venue Church of Ireland, Time 10am
Reflect on the life of Foxford’s poet and playwright, friend of W.B.Yeats, Founding Member of the Academy of Letters, and Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin at this special prayer service. A family relative, Aidan Gray will recite one of Frederick’s poems during the service.

Ceoil na Muaidhe
Town Car Park, Time 2-5pm Relax, unwind and enjoy a wonderfulafternoon of music and dance in this family friendly event. The Sligo Concert Band, featuring local man, Liam Jones will give a performance of musical favourites from 2 – 3 p.m. A young local dance troupe and traditional musicians will give a dazzling performance from 3-4 p.m. while Celtica will deliver a foot tapping celtic rock fusion until 5 p.m.
The afternoon will also feature a Vintage Motor display, Bouncing Castle, and Face painting.

Music: Cruiser’s Bar: Traditional Session 
(5p.m.) “Super Ser” / “Young Ones” ( 9.30 p.m.) Hideout Bar: Survivor, Mayfly Hotel: Le Cheile.
(Organised by Cruiser’s Bar / Hideout Bar / Mayfly Hotel)

Foxford’s Ironmasters
Come along to this informative talk on the little known story of Foxford’s Iron Industry, and the families involved. This illustrated talk will be delivered by Foxford native, and Geneva based, Vivian Sheridan. Venue: Church of Ireland, Market Square. Time: 7 p.m. Admission free. Donations towards the on-going
renovations of the Church will be gratefully received. You are also invited to visit the Admiral William Brown Museum / Memorial Park, and the famous Foxford Woollen Mills during the weekend.
Foxford Gathering Committee 2013 would like to thank all our sponsors and all 
who helped out to make this event a success.

Saturday the 3rd August 2013

Getting Back to Your Roots: 
Mayo Genealogy Group will offer tips and practical
advice on how to successfully trace your roots / family tree. Venue: Foxford Sports
and Leisure Centre, Green Road. Time: 11.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Admission free.

Class of ’73 Photographic Reunion: The former students of both 6th and 7th class of
1973 /’74 are invited to be “anseo” in the former Saint Patrick’s Boys National School,
on Chapel Road for a retake of a photograph that was taken forty years ago. Venue:
Morrough Bernard Social Services Centre, Chapel Road. (formerly St. Patrick’s
N.S.) Time: 1 p.m.

Cycle Tour of Ireland
Start your cycle tour of Ireland here in Foxford on our exercise
bikes at the state of the art gym, in the Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre. As this is a
charitable fundraiser for Foxford Alzheimer Group, we invite and appreciate your
support and all donations will be gratefully accepted. Time: 10 a.m.
(Organised by the Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre)

Step it Out
Join Edwina Guckian for a Sean Nos Dancing Workshop with a beginners
class at 3 p.m. while an advanced class commences at 4 p.m. Venue: Admiral Brown Memorial Hall,
Chapel Road. Time: Beginners 3 p.m. / Advanced 4 p.m.
Admission: Children €5 / Adults €8. All are welcome. (Organised by Edwina Guckian)
Gathering Mass: Remembering members of the Foxford and District communities both at home and
abroad.Venue: Saint Michael’s Church, Chapel Road. Time: 7.30 p.m

The Admiral Show 
Eamonn Walsh and Liam Scanlon of Moy Productions presents “The Admiral” the
amazing story of Admiral William Brown, Son of Foxford,Hero of Argentina. The show will leave you breathless an dfeatures the very best musicians and dancers, in a fluid historical narrative, with strong traditional and Latino influences.Venue: Admiral Brown Memorial Hall, Chapel Road.
Time: 8.30 p.m. Seats may be reserved from the website: /
email: / 087-7659503.
(Organised by Moy Productions Ltd)

John McNicholl Live
 Join country star, John McNicholl and his band in a live performanceat the Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre, Green Road. The supporting act is the popular Pat’s Country Roadshow, and full bar facilities will be available. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission €15. A great night is promised so don’t miss it!.........
(Organised by the Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre)

 Mayfly Hotel: Country Barn Dance / Music in Bar, Cruiser’s Bar: DJ Enda,
Hideout Bar: Gerry Singer, Bourke’s Bar: DJ / BBQ, The Riverbank Bar: John Carter.
(Organised by the Mayfly Hotel, Cruiser’s Bar, Hideout Bar, Bourke’s Bar and The Riverbank

Friday the 2nd of August

Official Opening by Councillor Jimmy Maloney: Mayfly Hotel on Friday the 2nd August, commencing at 7.30 p.m.

The J.J.O’Hara Memorial Lecture:
“Irish Emigration to Argentina and other Latin American Countries” by Dr. David Barnwell, National University of Ireland Maynooth. Venue: Mayfly Hotel, Main Street. Time: 8 p.m. Admission free.

Music: Cruiser’s Bar: Celtica, Hideout Bar: Stuart Moyles,
(Organised by Neil Cruise / Campbell Family)
Invitation to The Foxford Gathering 2nd, 3rd and 4th August 2013

The historic town of Foxford, County Mayo nestling on the banks of the famous salmon rich River Moy, like most towns in the West of Ireland, has suffered from the effects of emigration. This often resulted in the loss of family members and a missing generation in the community, effectively leaving town lands devoid of its former population. There are an estimated sixty to seventy million people worldwide, who place a huge value on this country and their connections to it, including those who are, or their ancestors were from Foxford.

The Foxford Gathering affords us an opportunity to come together in celebration, renewing relationships with family, relatives, neighbours and friends. We offer a fun filled cultural weekend, while extending a “cead mile failte” all our emigrants / migrants from the Foxford and District areas, County Mayo, and beyond.
In addition, Foxford enjoys a unique relationship with Argentina, by virtue of the fact that Admiral William Brown was born here in 1777. 
He is revered in his adopted country of Argentina having achieved its liberation from the Spanish and Brazilian empires, and is regarded as one of the “Fathers of the Nation”.
Foxford is also famous for its Woollen Mills which were established by Mother Arsenius of the Irish Sisters of Charity in 1892, while the Patriot, Michael Davitt was born in nearby Straide. A relaxing holiday destination, Foxford is renowned for its excellent fishing, beautiful scenery, wonderful walking trails, mountains, lakes, traditional music, archaeology, flora and fauna and a very friendly atmosphere.
Join us for the Gathering in Foxford, immerse yourself in our heritage and culture and be part of it!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Admiral William Brown Memorial Park

A short slideshow of the Admiral William Brown Memorial Park. It a great walk along the river.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Where are they now?

Foxford National School 6th class of 1998-1999

Front row: Paul Fitzpatick, Cian Gilmore, William Philips, Grainne Ni Ghradaigh, Emer Ruane,
Emer Maloney, Nadine O'Hara, Lisa Brogan, Sarah Bourke, Andrea Murphy, Shaun McDonnell,
Enda Reape,

Second row: Stephen Joyce, John Doherty, Kieran Ward, Donal Hennigan, Gillian Bourke, Martina Boyle, Sarah Coleman, Anita Mc Loughlin, Maria Mc Nulty, Pat Judge,Tommy McNulty.

Back row: Mr Dennedy, Micheal Mc Nulty, Mark O'Hara, Gina Laffery, Martina Melody, Clare Maguire, Katie Moore, Aine Devaney, Christina Ruane, Tomas Cosgrave, Kevin Conlon, Mr Mc Hugh.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Market Square 1960

Joe Morrison walking near his home on the Market Square back in 1960

Opening of the Foxford National school in 1991

Staff getting there photo taken at the opening of the Foxford National school in 1991. with the then Minister of Education Mary O'Rourke.
 In the front row going from right to left we have Mary Kilgallon, Kathleen Gallagher, Minister O'Rourke, Sean Lavin and John McHugh.
Then in the back row we have Pauline Kirrane, Maura Grealy, Vera McEvoy, Mary Doherty, Dean Francis McGuinn, Breda Halloran, Eileen McGowan, Mary Kyne, Tony Fahey.

The first holy communion class of 1962

The first holy communion class of 1962 in front of the our lady's grotto in the convent garden.
 In the front row going from left to right we have. Ciaran Maloney, Jimmy Moyles, and Aiden McDonnell.
 In the second row is Kevin O'Hara, Pat Judge, Kieran Ward, Seamus Mayock and Pat Bourke.
 Third row Brendan Flynn, Sean Moran, Sean Wallace, Peter Walsh and James Sherry.
In the fourth row Brenda Maloney, Mary Bourke, Mary Kneafsey, Betty Coleman and Kenneth Jones.
On to the fifth row and we have Sally Mullagh, Margaret Tolan, Angela Durkan, Frances Brogan and Patti Durkan,. In the back row there is Mary Higgins , Iris Ruddy, Pauline Browne and Maureen Staunton.