Tom O’Brien (aged 80) (part 1)
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Tom O’Brien (aged 80) (part 1)


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I met Tom O’Brien at his own home, where we spoke about the day his father started work in a tanning factory in Limerick city, run by the O’Callaghans. He described his father’s early days growing up in the city, and his involvement with the Garryowen Rugby Club in the early 1900s. The family moved to Dublin in 1927, where his father set up business as a wholesale leather merchant under the title of Kennedy O’Brien and Company Ltd (Kennedy was his father’s Christian name, a name which can be traced back in the O’Brien clan). Tom himself began work in his father’s tannery in Milford in 1948.

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Carlow county, first series


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The family tannery business

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Maurice O'Keeffe