David Sorensen’s latest lecture on Balbriggan Cotton Mills delivered to a large audience in the Bracken Court Hotel

August 28, 2018 0

The arrival of cotton mills in Ireland in the late 1770’s brought the promise of relief from widespread poverty and unemployment in the country. Along with existing industrialists, a number of “Improving Landlords” also embraced the new textile enterprise. Baron George Hamilton of Balbriggan was one of the more successful, with this small town continually mentioned in the same context as Dublin, Belfast, Limerick and Cork.

Cotton manufacture was the “dot com” bubble of its day. Like all bubbles, it had to burst. However, because of the sturdy construction of the mill buildings, Balbriggan still has two fine examples on its streets. Although this presentation starts with discussing events of almost 250 years ago, there are also strong resonances with current events.

For anyone who may have missed the opportunity to attend, David will do a repeat performance in the coming months.  Event sponsored by “Balbriggan Tourism”

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