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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Workers return to the Mill

Published 26/12/2012|21:55

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Cllr Wayne Harding with former workers of the old mill in Slane who are planning a reunion at the mill next summer. Pictured are John Finnegan, Peadar Heavey, Betty Tallon, John Keelan, Wayne Harding and Tommy Finnegan.

THE WORKFORCE of Slane Mill will come together for a reunion as an official event of next years ' Gathering' it has been confirmed.

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Slane Mill which manufactured Greenhills bed linen, tea towels, napkins and hankies was a major employer up until the early 80s with almost 500 people working there.

At its peak it was in production 24 hours a day and indeed continued to employ people until the mid 90s .

Because of the size of the workforce Slane alone could not supply enough people to the company and workers came from, Rathkenny, Wilkinstown, Lobinstown, Nobber, Monknewtown, Kentstown, Beauparc, Duleek, Ardcath, Bellewstown, Rosnaree, Collon and Tullyallen.

A committee has been set up and a representative from each of the areas have come on board to promote the event in their own locality.

There will be writings on the history of the mill, details about the working of the mill, experiences of workers a photographic exhibition and some film footage.

The committee are looking for any memorabilia that people might have and also should people want to help out they are more than welcome to get involved.

Wayne Harding who is chairperson of the reunion committee said he was delighted to be involved with the event as all of his aunts and uncles worked in the mill and he found the conversations at the meetings to date fascinating.

The reunion takes place on June 30th 2013 and it promises to be a day of nostalgia and fun for the hundreds who worked there and their families. For further details contact Wayne Harding on 087 9905585, waynemharding@gmail.com or Peader Heavey on 0419824121

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