Sweet sorrow as iconic factory is torn down
These were the scenes in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, yesterday as a part of local history was torn down.
Locals were dealt a devastating blow when the iconic Oatfield factory shut down in 2012 with the loss of 15 jobs.
The dilapidated building had been under demolition over the past number of weeks, but yesterday morning diggers moved in to remove the front facade. Oatfield had produced sweets at the site for 77 years before it was sold to Dublin sweet firm Zed Candy in 2007.
However, the chewing gum manufacturer closed the factory two years ago with the announcement it was moving operations to England.
Town mayor Gerry McMonagle told the Irish Independent that any planning application received for the site by the local council would be highly scrutinised to ensure it will bring jobs to the town.