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Last Linen Factory in Belfast closes.


Mackers

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Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

Copeland Linens - Irish linen

When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
 

Mattarigna

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Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

Copeland Linens - Irish linen

When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
It is unfortunate. However, it highlights the challenges NI needs to overcome on the economic front.
 

between the bridges

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Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

Copeland Linens - Irish linen

When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
nice OP, have to say i loved the link! fair play to him sounds a feisty ole devil!
 

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It is unfortunate. However, it highlights the challenges NI needs to overcome on the economic front.
To be honest I just thought that this deserved to be aired due to the connection Belfast had with the linen trade. It was massive at one time. And when you think it was bigger than ship building in importance, especially for women in employment in the city. It surely deserves to be given a bigger profile than a big ship that sunk first time out. Women from all sides of the community worked in the factories for scant reward or recognition. I remember seeing these women in their hundreds going to and from the mills, including my own mother and grandmother. The salt of the earth.
 

Drogheda445

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Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

Copeland Linens - Irish linen

When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
The linen industry is probably responsible for turning Belfast into the city it is today, dating right back to the 18th century. It's sad to see such a fundamental part of the city's heritage coming to an end.
 
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It is unfortunate. However, it highlights the challenges NI needs to overcome on the economic front.
It highlights the problems facing SMEs. It is very unfortunate that his parting comment to customers is that a main reason that he's closing is because he feels he has become a revenue collector for the government. The tax and bureaucracy in NI is crippling.
 

Cruimh

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Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

Copeland Linens - Irish linen

When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
Sad indeed - though it raises an interesting thought - how much should we lament the passing of the "good old days" of exploitation of the masses?
 

Mattarigna

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The linen industry is probably responsible for turning Belfast into the city it is today, dating right back to the 18th century. It's sad to see such a fundamental part of the city's heritage coming to an end.
Indeed. Although a large abundance of unskilled work in recent history doesn't count for much when times change. It also partly explains the recent riots in Belfast.
 
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Mattarigna

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It highlights the problems facing SMEs. It is very unfortunate that his parting comment to customers is that a main reason that he's closing is because he feels he has become a revenue collector for the government. The tax and bureaucracy in NI is crippling.
He should have just relocated South then.
 

Mattarigna

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It highlights the problems facing SMEs. It is very unfortunate that his parting comment to customers is that a main reason that he's closing is because he feels he has become a revenue collector for the government. The tax and bureaucracy in NI is crippling.
True. The riots in Belfast must not have helped.
 
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