Sheep and Wool Centre, County Galway

Sheep and Wool Centre, County Galway

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The Sheep and Wool Museum was founded in 1992 by Michael and Kathleen O'Toole, with a view to preserving and protecting the traditions and skills of the local sheep and woolen industry in Connemara. Their daughter Aine and husband Gregg took over the management of the Sheep & Wool Centre in January 2009. Another daughter, Orla, has taken on her Dads gumboots and is the museum demonstrator and resident sheep farmer. It is a true family business.
 
The Sheep and wool museum offers an insight into the importance of sheep and wool in Connemara's past. Learn the history of sheep farming, local woolen industry and the process of how sheep’s fleece is made into cloth through technology, displays and demonstrations. Marvel as sheep’s wool is made into yarn at daily carding, spinning and weaving demonstrations, practiced on wheels and looms from the turn of the last century. Listen to interviews from those who remember the past. Enjoy quirky slide shows and allow children to discover what their role would have been in the 1900s through hands on experience. You can also meet a sheep and admire the art of hand shearing by a local farmer in July and August.

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