Industry

Everything and anything to do with industry in Ireland.

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Page updated 18/5/2017


ANTRIM

Braidwater Spinning Mill, Ballymena, Co.Antrim

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The linen industry once employed thousands in Northern Ireland, and the Braidwater Mill was established in 1865 employing generations from the town and surrounding area. The Mill closed down in 1998 and has since been demolished. Today the site is occupied by a retail park.


Gallaher’s Tobacco Works, Belfast

Gallahers Tobacco Works Belfast pu 1911

A rather fine early view of Gallaher’s Factory. No publisher but probably an officially commissioned card. Postally used in 1911. More information about Gallaher’s here.


Harland & Wolff, Belfast

H & W Shipyard Fergus O'Connor, DublinHarland & Woolf FRONT

Left to right: Harland & Wolff Shipyards, Belfast viewed from Queen’s Road. Published by Fergus O’Connor, Dublin and The South Yard published by W.E.Walton, 57 Royal Avenue, Belfast.

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Above: Three views published by Valentines of Dundee.

At the shipyard’s peaking during World War .2. an incredible 35,000 people worked here!


The Belfast Ropework Company

Founded in 1875 by Gustav Wilhelm Wolff one of the partners in the Harland & Wolff Shipyards, and W H Smiles.

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Card is from the W R & S ‘Reliable’ series (95/246) and produced for a local publisher – W.J. Cunningham, Connswater.


Whiskey Distilling at Bushmills

Bushmills Distillery

A modern view of the “Old Bushmills” Distillery at Bushmills, County Antrim. Unknown publisher.

More information about the history of the distillery here: www.bushmills.com


Co.Armagh

The Bleach Greens at Annvale, Keady, Co.Armagh

USED 1912 PUB BY EDMONDSON & CO Annvale Keady Co Armagh

County Armagh was an important centre for the linen industry and this interesting card, pu in 1912, shows the massive scale of the works in a very rural location. The card was published by Edmondson & Co.

More information about the Linen Industry in Co.Armagh here.


DOWN

Early Windpower

Ballycopeland Windmill Ranscombe IOM pc FRONT

Ballycopeland Windmill, Co.Down published by Ranscombe Photographics Ltd., Douglas, Isle of Man.

More information here.


Lead mines at Newtownards, Co.Down

View of Lead Mines Newtownards Pub Boyle of Newtonards

Whitespots a couple of miles north of Newtownards was once an important area for lead mining (c.1849-1910) and at one stage  in the mid-nineteenth century accounted for almost 40% of all lead produced in Ireland. The post industrial wasteland is now being redeveloped as Whitespots Country Park.

Card by a local publisher – Boyle of Newtownards.


Harnessing Wind Energy in an earlier era

On An Irish Hilltop pu 1958 Valentines Carbo Colour

On an Irish Hilltop: a nice Valentines card of an unidentified windmill p.u 1958.


Dublin

The Guinness Brewery, St.James’s Gate, Dublin

Another fine view taken from the Kingsbridge (Heuston) Station end of the brewery. The extent of the rail operation within the complex is visible on the left. An official card – GA/ 1028.E.

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Guinness Wharf Dublin

Guinness Ship Lady Patricia

Above: ‘The Lady Patricia’ heads past the Bailey Lighthouse with a load of stout bound for Liverpool.

Three Guinness ships

Above: A nice aerial view showing three Guinness ships tied up near the Custom House, Dublin – unknown publisher.

Arthur Guinness established his brewery at St.James’s Gate in 1759 and for many years it was the largest brewery in the World. Occupying some 64 acres it had an extensive internal railway system – also the largest of its type to be found anywhere and a fleet of ships for the export trade. Sadly, Arthur Guinness & Co. passed out of family control in 1986 and today is part of the giant Diageo Group.

Guinness for Export

Ferries at Custom House FRONT

A hectic scene on the River Liffey published by Philip Hunt, London.

More information here: Guinness Brewery


LIMERICK

The Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme (1925-29)

Ardnacrusha RP Signal Series pu 1948Shannon Scheme Headrace

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Above left to right: The Dam and Power Station at Ardnacrusha from an Eason & Son ‘Signal Series’ card p.u. in 1948. Construction work at the Headrace from a 1931 photograph by C.Shepherd; General construction scene – unknown publisher.

Note the extensive network of mixed narrow gauge railways employed in the days before road machines ruled the roost..

Above: Erection of the turbine casings and pipes – published by T Carroll & Sons Stationers, Limerick.

Lots more information on the project here: Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme


Limerick Docks

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An interesting selection of views of Limerick Docks, taken from the same viewpoint and showing significant changes with the passage of the years.


Londonderry

William Clark & Sons Ltd., Upperlands, Co.Derry

Beeetling Mills Derry FRONT

The Weaving Factory, Beetling Mills, Finishing Works and Warehouse. Founded in 1740 to process linens by harnessing the water of the Claudy River.

Seems to have been an official card printed for the company by The Press Gang, Norwich.


SLIGO

Flour Milling at Ballisodare

Ballisodare Mills by S M Gibson Dublin pu 1909

Ballisodare, Co.Sligo was once a hive of industry and the mills which straddled the Owenmore River were sufficiently important as to have their own rail connection to the Dublin/Sligo railway. Latterly owned by Odlums, the mills finally closed down in 1989 and were demolished during the so-called “Celtic Tiger” era to make way for a housing development. This card was published by S.M.Gibson & Co., James Street, Dublin and posted in 1909.


TYRONE

Augher Creamery, Co.Tyrone

The Creamery Augher Real Photo NO publisher

Rural Ireland never had much in the way of industry in the early 20th century and the local creamery, like the one above, would have been one of the few sources of employment for those not working directly on the land.


Waterford

Irish Tanners, Portlaw, Co.Waterford

In the early 20th century, outside of Dublin, Belfast and Cork there was little industrialisation and what there was tended to be based on agricultural products. Irish Tanners Ltd., in Portlaw was a good example of this. The factory here opened in 1935 on the site of an earlier cotton mill. However the decline in demand for shoe leather once synthetic soles became the trend saw the  factory close in 1985.


Wexford

St.John’s Mill, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford

Davis Mills Enniscorthy

Known locally as Davis’s Mill the extensive premises closed in 2004 and was largely demolished to make way for upmarket housing (which never materailised) the remains of the mills can still be seen just outside Enniscorthy on the New Ross Road. In their heyday the mills even boasted a short branchline off the Dublin/Rosslare railway.


Wicklow

Kynoch’s Explosive Works, Arklow

Cordite Works Arklow

Arklow’s chemical industry played an important role in the British war effort during World War .I. The short-lived Kynoch’s Explosive Works was an important, if controversial, employer in the town for a quarter of a century (1895 -1919). Wracked by industrial relations problems, political interference and a number of significant workplace accidents – explosions – its fate was sealed by consolidation of production to the UK mainland in the closing stages of the war. An in-depth article about Kynochs may be found here.

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