Douglas Appleyard (b. 1930s)
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Douglas Appleyard (b. 1930s)


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Track 1: Douglas Appleyard recalls his early years in Clontarf. He joined Jacobs in 1962 and remained with the company for 41 years, working first in the Delivery Office. He recalls his manager Harold Burgess, and also John Higgins. He also discusses his interest in collecting Jacobs memorabilia. Track 2: In the 1960s, the workforce was 1,100, made up of a majority of female employees. Douglas recalls the musician Luke Kelly’s father, who worked for a time in the grain loft. Track 3: A discussion ensues on the history of the Bishop Street property and the functions of the individual buildings within the block. Douglas explains that there was a graveyard on the site, and those buried there had to be exhumed and re-interred in Mount Jerome cemetery, an undertaking which was managed by Jeffrey Jenkins. Track 4: Douglas recalls the gasometer in Jacobs during the Emergency years, and the stockpile of turf kept for emergencies. During those years, the company allowed employees time off to save the harvest and to cut turf. Track 5: Explains that the national school provided by Jacobs was later closed by the then government. The introduction of disciplinary systems within the company. The change of ‘the old guard’ in the running of the company.

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W. and R. Jacob Oral History Collection


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48 hours

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Credit controller at W. and R. Jacob

Recorded by:

Maurice O’Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore