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Pat Purcell Papers

Mr. Francis (Frank) Slater. 1881 - 1937.

Businessman and Entrepreneur


Source: Michael Purcell 2011

Frank Slater c.1920

Nationalist and Leinster Times. February 1937.

Mr Francis Slater. 1881 - 1937.

We are very sorry to have record the death of Mr Frances Slater, which took place at his home, Hanover House, Carlow, on Saturday afternoon last.

The late Mr Slater was a very well known figure, not alone in Carlow and district but throughout the greater part of Ireland, for he developed in a very short number of years a business concern of varied and multitudinous proportions.

In the town of Carlow he was the owner of a great amount of property, and he gave considerable employment.

Image 59. A gathering of a different sort, the fowl pluckers and employees of Slaters Works. The firm was owned by-local wonder money-maker Frank Slater, pictured on the right with hat and drooping moustache. Frank owned extensive property in Carlow town including the Palace Cinema, he was also proprietor of 63 'bookie shops', situated throughout Ireland. His name can be seen painted on the fowl and rabbit 'coffin' boxes.
Image source: Carlow in old Picture Postcards by Michael Purcell 1994

Mr Slater's interests were chiefly concerned in the poultry trade, the bakery business and Turf Accountancy.

He was one of the largest exporters of eggs and fowl in Ireland, and his possessions included over a hundred branch betting offices located throughout Ireland.

His other interests included his ownership of The Palace Cinema in Burrin Street, which he purchased some years ago.

It was stated at that time that he had never been in a Cinema in his life up to the time he acquired The Palace. To a man of Mr. Slater's calibre nothing was impossible. He possessed those rare qualities of making everything he touched an undoubted success, and this was possible owing to his amazing courage and foresight.

One might say that he managed all his unwieldy business concerns almost single-handed, and certainly did it with great success.

It is a very sad thing to see a man like him passing so prematurely from this life. He was only fifty-six years of age.

His health declined somewhat about a year ago and he never really recovered, although he was active to his unexpected end.

It was typical of the man that he should die virtually in harness, for he was always greatly interested in his business at the expense of enjoyment of any considerable nature.

He personally supervised his staff, who had a great respect for him, and he kept to his untimely end a keen eye on the organisation and progress of his considerable and far-flung business interests.

Of his personal qualities, Mr Slater was known to all for his charity and generosity. No organisation with the least spark of worthiness ever went to him for help without coming away the better of their visit.

His unsolicited donations to charity were large and numerous.

Unlike many men, he remained throughout his life and through all his lightening business successes the same simple, level-headed and kindly person.

His loss to the town of Carlow is inestimable, and it is with great regret that we have heard of his early passing.

On Sunday evening the remains were removed to the Cathedral. They were carried from Hanover House to the Cathedral on the shoulders of his employees, their last tribute to a kindly employer. Practically the whole population of the town turned out to pay their last respects.

The chief mourners were:- Edward Slater and John Slater, (sons), Master F. Slater, (grandson) Mrs S. Moynihan, Mrs J. Glavin, Miss Baby Slater and Miss Mary Joe Slater (daughters).

John Slater and Val. Slater (brothers), Mrs Mary Snoddy and Mrs Bridie Walsh (sisters). Val Slater, Tom Fennell, Mick Snoddy, Tom Snoddy, John Snoddy, Sam Snoddy, Joe Walsh, John Walsh, Francis Walsh, Edward Walsh (nephews) Mrs Pat Jones, Mrs Joe Phelan, Mrs Michael Purcell, Mrs Patrick Purcell, Mrs Pado Redmond-Goebells, Mrs Joseph Leonard, Esther Walsh, Susanna Walsh, Bridget Walsh, Anne Walsh, Catherine Walsh, Mrs John Largey (nieces). John Ralph, (father-in-law). Mr J. Glavin and Mr S.Moynihan (sons-in-law). Mrs Edward Slater (daughter-in-law), Mrs John Slater, (sister-in-law), Mrs V. Slater, S. Costello, John Hayden, E. Largey, Miss S. Wynne, Master O. Slater, Miss Rose Slater and Miss Marie Slater.

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