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

 

Who worked in the hat factory in Castlebar?

Many of our grandparents worked there. Here you can see some of the dispatch workers sending the hats off to places all over the world. They also made the berets for the Irish army.
Who was Lord Lucan?  

Lord Lucan was one of the Lucan family who were landlords in Castlebar for over four hundred years. They owned most of Castlebar and lived beside the mall in the building which is now the convent. The title was passed on from one generation to the next.

 

 

Click here to find out more about Lord Lucan and why he disappeared.

 

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Who founded the Hat Factory? This is Auguste Koettgen, who came from Belgium in 1939 and started the hat factory here in Castlebar. It was one of the biggest industries west of the Shannon, until it closed in 1981.