The Donegal Woollen Mill Story

Since 1953 Donegal Woollen Mill has been producing high quality, 100% woollen products. The mill, now over 60 years old, is based in Downings, Co. Donegal.

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William McNutt now runs the company his father Bill set up over 60 years ago.

 

The highly-skilled craftsmen and women at Donegal Woollen Mill have mastered the art of the hand-crafting woollen products and have resurrected the use of the old handloom.

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One of the original hand looms in Donegal Woollen Mill


All products are designed in-house at the headquarters in Downings, and are inspired by dramatic and coastal surroundings. Donegal Woollen Mill produces woven products that are made by hand as well as by modern looms. The skilled crafts men and women perform a number of processes including warping and weaving.

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The Warping process

 

All products are designed in-house at the headquarters in Downings, and are inspired by dramatic and coastal surroundings. Donegal Woollen Mill produces woven products that are made by hand as well as by modern looms. The skilled crafts men and women perform a number of processes including warping and weaving.

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The diverse range of colored wool

 

Like many family businesses, the mill has had its share of troubles. The original company got into financial difficulties in the 1980s. There was an expansion and it went wrong. The mill went into receivership in 1989 but was then taken back over by Mr McNutt and his brother Peter in 1992. Today the company employs 11 people and continues to grow producing some of the most loved wool products on the market today.

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The Irish Gift Market own brand Carnua

Donegal Woollen Mills is one of the makers that supplies The Irish Gift Market with the beautiful products that are under the Carnua Brand.

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