Stories from Old Newspapers

Waterford Standard 18 June 1870

New Industrial School Kilmacthomas (Woollen Mill)

The laying of the foundation stone of the new Industrial House, Kilmacthomas, was celebrated here today before a very large and enthusiastic assemblage, by the Marquis of Waterford…twenty years ago it was undoubtedly one of the poorest and most miserable spots in the county Waterford.  About that time, while passing through the town, Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, was struck by the destitution which prevailed…she set about devising a plan for giving…employment.  It occurred to her that the establishment of a woollen factory at Kilmacthomas would be the means of causing a circulation of money.  Of late years the factory was found to be quite too small.  At the present time there is but seven looms at work under the management of Mr. J Abbott…when the present new building is erected it will afford full employment to upwards of one hundred persons.  The wool will there undergo every process from its imperfect state until it is made cloth.  The new building will be 78 feet by 35 feet, and will be three stories high, and will cost £3,000.  Up to the present the profits of the present factory, have been expended on the inhabitants for their comfort.  The town was beautifully decorated with evergreens.  A triumphal arch very beautifully conceived…spanned the main street.  The band of the Waterford Militia was engaged by the committee…The Rev Mr. Parker Rector of Kilmacthomas then called upon the assembly to give his lordship a real Irish Cead Mile Failte which was given heartily.  The Rev Parker then said that the next part of the programme was that his lordship should put on the apron which all journeymen masons wore.  Mr. Thomas Browne…put the apron on his lordship amid much merriment…Dr Green then presented him with the square which he applied to the stone, Mr Shanhan, the level, and Mr Abbott, the mallet, and Captain Coghlan, the trowel, which was a handsome silver one, manufactured by Mr James Mosley, the Quay, Waterford.