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DANIEL EDMUND WILLIAMS, AGE 78

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This recording took place in the comfort of the Williams home. Edmund Williams first spoke about the history of the distillery, and its many developments and inventions over the generations. His brother Desmond was responsible for the invention of ‘Irish Mist’ and Edmond himself was made Managing Director when he first started with the firm. The workforce then was 350, and later grew to 1300. Edmund’s boarding school days were discussed at great length. Because of family problems in the early days, he had to make firm decisions. He abolished family privileges and introduced three outsiders into the management. They were William Ralph, Frank McCann (finance) and Mick Murphy (sales). His relationship with Hardress Waller, who had a malting business in Bannagher, was good. Edmund still has a bottle of an 1861 malt brew, which he regards as a family heirloom. He passionately loved the Tullamore Dew business, in which he spent 47 years. He spoke about his travels around the world after Desmond’s death, and he got a very warm welcome everywhere because of his association with Tullamore Dew. He spoke about the disbandment of the Williams Group, during which time he took advice from Garett FitzGerald. Edmond showed me his prized book collection, and some early photographs of the P. E. Williams Group buildings and workforce. This recording captures an important part of Tullamore history for posterity.

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This recording took place in the comfort of the Williams home. Edmund Williams first spoke about the history of the distillery, and its many developments and inventions over the generations. His brother Desmond was responsible for the invention of ‘Irish Mist’ and Edmond himself was made Managing Director when he first started with the firm. The workforce then was 350, and later grew to 1300. Edmund’s boarding school days were discussed at great length. Because of family problems in the early days, he had to make firm decisions. He abolished family privileges and introduced three outsiders into the management. They were William Ralph, Frank McCann (finance) and Mick Murphy (sales). His relationship with Hardress Waller, who had a malting business in Bannagher, was good. Edmund still has a bottle of an 1861 malt brew, which he regards as a family heirloom. He passionately loved the Tullamore Dew business, in which he spent 47 years. He spoke about his travels around the world after Desmond’s death, and he got a very warm welcome everywhere because of his association with Tullamore Dew. He spoke about the disbandment of the Williams Group, during which time he took advice from Garett FitzGerald. Edmond showed me his prized book collection, and some early photographs of the P. E. Williams Group buildings and workforce. This recording captures an important part of Tullamore history for posterity.

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Type:

Disk, MP3

Audio series:

Offaly county, second series

Bitrate:

128 kbps

Download time limit:

48 hours

File size(s):

58.43 MB

Number of files:

1

Product ID:

CDOF02-20

Subject:

The Williams family and Tullamore Dew

Recorded by:

Maurice O'Keeffe

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