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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Archive's survival defies Murphy's law

Kevin Keane

THE notes simply read: "We will reinstate this person if he returns from war."

They are a stark reminder of dangerous times, when people left the Murphy's Brewery in Cork to fight in World War One.

They are among the artefacts from the brewery archive which have now been opened to the public, laying bare the secrets behind the famous drink.

The documents -- which include brewing books, lab reports and personnel accounts from the Lady's Well brewery -- catalogue more than 150 years of Irish business history.

The records were handed over to University College Cork in 1999 by the brewery's current owners, Heineken.

They are now being permanently preserved within the university's purpose-built special collections department.

Archivist Emer Twomey says the records will be of huge genealogical interest to the families of people who worked there.

Irish Independent

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