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PODCAST: Memories of Clondalkin Paper Mills

The paper mill was located beside the Camac River, and it was established in the early 19th century by Thomas Seery & Son. The fresh, clean water of the Camac was ideal for use in paper making, and the business thrived during the Great War. It went downhill thereafter and closed in 1922.

The paper mill reopened in 1937 when a change in government came about. Eamon deValera was instrumental in getting paper manufacturing up and running in the Republic after the formation of the Irish Free State.

In this podcast you will hear the voices of the following people:

Ann Cusack, daughter of M.D. Dr. Bert Cusack

Mary Curtin, Dr. Cusack’s Private Secretary

Danny Curtin, Transport Manager

Deirdre Dowling, Paper Controller

Des Tannam and Derek Breen, Computer operators

Don Dardis, Production Planning Controller

Catherine Dardis, Chemist

Jim Nolan on paper making during the Emergency

Tommy Keogh, Clerk

Joe Stagg, Timber Purchaser

John Clarke, Loading Operative

Michael Davitt, Engineer

Liam Stone, Pulp Squad

Carl Walsh, Machiner

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