Local history project by pupils of St. Patrick's B.N.S, Castlebar

 

What did the young workers in the bacon factory use as a ball when they were playing football? They used the bladder from a pig or a sheep as a football in those days. Many of the workers started working there when they were only 13 or 14.

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What kind of work did our grandparents do in the hat factory in Castlebar? Many of the workers dyed the material and yarns used to make the hats. Here is a photo taken in the dyehouse in the 1950's.