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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