Alo O’Connell spent forty years in Tullamore Textiles. He was first employed at the age of 14 as a bobbin-setter, and he explained in great detail the atmosphere in the workplace. The workforce got on well with the managers and he recalled how, in common with many of the other workers, he met his future wife there. In 1943 the wage was one pound and two shillings, and at that time 5 Woodbines cost threepence. His other income came from cutting turf, which he sold around Tullamore. Alo’s story is an important link with the old factory traditions.