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PODCAST: Old Dublin Family Businesses – Smith & Pearson Ltd.

In 1901 John Pearson and Joseph Smith began to manufacture gates and fencing.  Their showrooms and offices were situated at 47 Dawson St., Dublin.  The company exported high quality ironwork to the British colonies and to South America, and they expanded their business to manufacture structural steelwork.

This podcast explores the successes and challenges the company experienced before it fell into receivership in the 1970s.   The voice of Irwin Pearson, son of John Person, may be heard.  He was recorded at the premises of the Irish Architectural Archive in Merrion Square in Dublin.

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