Wednesday 22 November 2017

Jacob's rolled out figs claim

Back to work: Jacob's biscuit factory the week after the Rising. Photo: Getty
Back to work: Jacob's biscuit factory the week after the Rising. Photo: Getty

In the aftermath of Easter week 1916, Jacob's Biscuit Factory requested compensation from the Government for the loss of figs to make its fig rolls.

A claim for 14 pounds, 1 shilling and 3 pence by its owners is one of the 6,500 claims submitted to the Property Losses Committee following the Rising.

All files have now been digitised by the National Archives of Ireland. Launching the website yesterday, acting Arts Minister Heather Humphreys said it "provides a fascinating insight into the very personal cost of the Rising and the impact that the fighting had on both homes and businesses".

Both individuals and businesses applied for damages for loss of personal property as a result of the fighting and subsequent looting, including Jack B Yeats who lost three drawings from the Royal Hibernian Academy.

Irish Independent

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