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Covers 147 Liam Devlin

'Liam Devlin, BB Toffee and Gloucester Street, Dublin', presented by John Healy

17 August, 6pm - 7:30pm

The Old Dublin Society

  • Dublin City Library & Archive Conference Room
  • Pearse Street Library, 144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
  • DO2 DE68
  • Co. Dublin – Dublin City

This talk will tell the remarkable story of Liam Devlin and reveal his active involvement with, and close connections to, the leaders of the new Irish Free State and their ambitions, examine his central role in the early development of the industrial sector in the Free State with particular emphasis on his sweet manufacturing endeavors, and look at Gloucester Street Lower in Dublin's north city, an area of extreme poverty, which was to be location for his first manufacturing office. This presentation will cover the period 1924 to 1939, from the time that he started his first factory to 1939 when Dublin Corporation compulsorily purchased his and other Gloucester Street premises as part of the redevelopment of that area for public housing with Devlin then relocating his factory to Cork Street until the factory was sold to Urney Chocolates which continues to operate it until finally closed in 1969. Devlin died in September 1964 aged 87 and was buried in Dean's Grange Cemetery, Co. Dublin.

Doors open at 5.30 p.m. with places allocated on a first-come basis.

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