Irene Dean’s first wage

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It was January so I was well wrapped up in fur boots – which my Granny had bought for me –  hat, scarf, and gloves which was provided by my Aunt Sue. The hat however I refused to wear. The 7.30am horn sounded from the mill as my Aunt Sue came to the door with me. A woman she knew and who worked in the mill was walking down

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"Can you show our Irene where the reeling loft is, as this is her first day?" asked Aunt Sue. The woman was happy to oblige.


I settled in and enjoyed my duties;  these involved writing and distributing tickets for the different yarns.


The craic was great and we had many laughs and a lot of my school friends worked alongside me; Carmel Mc Keown, Mary Mc Shane, Delores Fearon and several others. Then there were the boys!


Now you know why I refused to wear the hat.


You worked a week in hand; I received my first wage packet of

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