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July 16, 2006


The final parts of Chapter 18 of the An Tostal Programme of 1953 are dedicated to the Wallpaper factory and the Chilling Factory.



        THE two main approaches to the ancient town of Kildare are guarded by two handsome and modern buildings of noble proportions These are the McGee Barracks on the eastern side, while on the western side nobody can fail to notice the modern factory erected in 1936 by Wallpapers Ltd. This striking building set in ideal surroundings is an indication of the important work, in so far as it affects every Irish householder, that is carried on within.

        With the industrial revival in this country, the fact was grasped at a fairly early stage that wallpaper should be produced in Ireland. With this end in view Wallpapers Ltd., was incorporated in June, 1936, and as a result of intense efforts, wallpaper was first printed in Kildare on 1st, January, 1937. Since that date, in spite of serious difficulties, particularly during the emergency period, wallpaper has been turned out consistently, while employment has been given to upwards of one hundred workers drawn from the Kildare area.

        Fashions in wallpaper change frequently, but these changes, which are seasonal, mean that the manufacturers have constantly to alter their colourings and designs, with a view to keeping the homes of the land brightly and cheerfully decorated, and as a result Wallpapers Limited has produced hundreds of designs and colourings in Wall and Ceiling Papers and Borders since the Company was established.

        The manufacture of wallpaper is in the main a paper staining process, the bulk of the colouring being through the blending of chrome colours, which are mixed with fixatives. Simple as the finished product may seem its production is highly technical, calling for the use of a complicated and expensive type of plant, and also for skilful and perfectly trained operatives.

        Irishmen have proved themselves most adaptable to the delicate processes which are necessary to produce good wallpaper, and Irishmen, and Kildare men in particular, may well be proud of the success that has been obtained, as a result of their development of the Wallpaper Industry.



        THE Chilling Factory is one of Kildare’s modern industries. The chilled meat processing is comparatively new to Ireland. In the early summer of 1952 work began in the Kildare factory and about two hundred prime beasts have been processed weekly ever since. Upwards of twenty specially trained men are employed. Many more are employed in maintenance, in haulage, and in the processing of the by-products. There are about thirty such factories in Ireland.

        Kildare and its neighbouring counties are famed for their rich grazing lands. The cattle for the Chilling Factory come off these lands and so the best of prime beef is used. As a result of the chilling industry the cattle trade has improved throughout the Midlands.

The chilled meat is exported to Britain and America. As the industry progresses trade with the U.S.A. will develop much more. Special transport is provided by road and sea. The hygienic handling of the meat ensures that it arrives at its destination in perfect condition. Thus Irish Beef keeps its reputation of being the best in the world, and the Chilling Industry will become a benefit to its enterprising founders. [, - sic] as well as to the town and district of Kildare.

        The Kildare Chilling Factory is completely Irish owned and directed.


[A dresssed meat industry was begun at J. J. Conlans premises at bride Street in 1941 for the preparation of meat for the export market during the war. The new Chilling Factory on the Dublin Road was opened in 1967. - Mario Corrigan]

The final parts of Chapter 18 of the An Tostal Programme of 1953 are dedicated to the Wallpaper factory and the Chilling Factory.

Posted by mariocorrigan at July 16, 2006 10:00 PM