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Nationalist & Leinster Times

18 July 1936


Hacketstown Hosiery Industry

This article appeared in the Carlow Nationalist & Leinster Times: 18 July 1936

Shortly after his arrival in Hacketstown almost a year ago, Mr. B. Walsh, B.Sc. Principal of the Vocational School commenced experiments in an endeavour to provide permanent remunerative employment locally for some of his students when they would have completed their studies at the Vocational School. The success which has greeted his persistent efforts in spite of numberless difficulties, is now apparent to all who have seen his team of girls busily engaged producing men's socks with expert skill.

Although they have been engaged at this work for several months past, and although the highest praise was forthcoming on all sides from those who had used their products, yet it is only now that the promoter of the infant industry is perfectly satisfied with the acme of perfection accomplished, and he has placed, a wide range of excellent men's socks at the disposal of the general public at competitive prices.

Only first-class wool is used, while a special feature which will be welcomed by housewives in particular is that the heels are specially reinforced. The local business people have heartily co-operated in helping along the venture and have acquired ample stocks to satisfy the needs of the most critical.

It is to be hoped that neighbouring towns will assist the industry in a similar manner, and thus help to establish it on a firm and permanent basis. Boys' and men's golf hose are also being produced, and will shortly be on sale. Mr. Walsh is certainly to be congratulated on his initiative and foresight in embarking on this scheme, which marks another milestone in the annals of Vocational Education.

Source: Carloviana 1994/1995

Nationalist & Leinster Times 1891

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