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Saturday 20 September 2014

Linen mill reunion attracting a crowd

Published 12/02/2014 | 05:28

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The Greenmount and Boyne Mills Reunion committee: (back) Tony Barrett, Frank Godfrey, Maura Tuite, Roseleen Connor, Ann Devitt and Tony Barrett, (front) Marlene Delaney, John Moore, Twene Lidster and Olive Connor.

THE Greenmount & Boyne Linen Mill reunion takes place on Easter Monday and already there is huge interest in the night.

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The event, on Easter Monday, April 21, is a buffet dance with music by Bold As Brass, and DJs Pat Thornton and Franklin Dee.

This will be a night of nostalgia for former employees of this former great industry said Cllr. Frank Godfrey, co-ordinator of the event.

'There is a great interest in the reunion and tickets are on sale at €20 from The Westcourt Hotel or any Committee Member. This is the 150th anniversary as the foundation stone was laid in 1864.'

They also hope to hold a Memorial Mass for deceased members of the Boyne Linen Mill on Sunday, April 27.

The mill gave employment to the townspeople for some 110 years, with 1,200 looms and all the necessary preparing machinery.

Originally engaged in weaving only, the industry embraced many other aspects such as dyeing and finishing, making-up and distribution and the scope of its production covered an amazing range of articles for everyday use. Most of the cotton yarn used came from Lancashire, while later spun yarn came from the factory in Dublin and from Castleguard in Ardee.

A factory within a factory was the making-up department where cotton and rayon dresses, colours and printed coats, doctors' and dentists' coats were manufactured by the 100 workers.

Before the factory closed in 1976, the managing directors for the previous 50 years were, Mr Anthony Cowdy, Mr WC Guiler, Mr Leslie B Jones and Mr Robert Hall.

Drogheda Independent

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