In 1750 Timothy Mahony build a small mill in Blarney Co Cork, close to the now famous Blarney Castle. Blarney village is about 5 miles from Cork City.
The mill passed down through generations of the Mahony family who kept the business going, despite a fire in 1869, which destroyed the building. The mill continued in business until 1973 when it closed as a result of increasing synthetics and globalisation of woolen production.
Two years later a former mill worker Christy Kelleher bought the mill and opened it as a visitor centre in 1977.
Blarney Woolen Mills specialises in high quality Irish knitwear, rugs, crystal, linen and jewellery.
The store is still in Blarney today as well as stores in Bunratty, Co. Clare and Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary and a vibrant on-line store at www.blarney.com