Douglas, Cork: early twentieth century photographs

 

Douglas village became a centre of the sailcloth industry in the early 1700s. The linen mills at Donnybrook provided employment for hundreds of local people at their peak. St Patrick’s Woollen mills, founded in 1882, likewise provided ample employment for workers in the surrounding areas. The village expanded over time, becoming home to a number of prominent families including the Besnards, the Sewards and the Ronaynes. By the turn of the twentieth century, the electric tram had connected Douglas to Cork city.

 

Mills at Donnybrook, exterior
Mills at Donnybrook, exterior

 

 

Hunt Gathering in Douglas
Horses gathering in Douglas

 

 

Donnybrook Mills, interior with workers
Donnybrook mills, interior with workers

 

 

Signpost and cottages at Douglas
Signpost and cottages at Douglas

 

 

Tram at Douglas Village
Tram at Douglas Village

 

 

Douglas view of river
Douglas, view of river

 

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