Coalisland Weaving Factory Museum

EUROPEAN HERITAGE OPEN DAYS, 2019

In association with the Coalisland & District Development Association and the Craic Theatre.

The Coalisland Weaving Factory Museum was brought back to life in September 2019 when the former factory owner, Jackson Clark, and his machine operator Peter McGrath, travelled 100 years to the twentieth century to tell visitors their story.

“Coalisland Tales…”

“COALISLAND TALES: CRAFTED, GRAFTED, WOVEN AND SPUN.”

In association with the Craic Theatre.

Written by Mark Shields and directed by Oliver Corr. The original performance at the Craic Theatre was postponed due to Covid-19 but the cast got together and recorded this brilliant audio production of the final act.

“The Lock-keeper’s Wife’s Tale”

In association with the Craic Theatre.

Please come back later this year and watch our new play, written by Mark Shields and directed by Oliver Corr.

“The Factory Tale”

In association with the Craic Theatre.

Please come back later this year and watch our new play, written by Mark Shields and directed by Oliver Corr.

“The Stable Boy’s Tale”

In association with the Craic Theatre.

Please come back later this year and watch our new play, written by Mark Shields and directed by Oliver Corr.

“The Miner’s Tale”

In association with the Craic Theatre.

Please come back later this year and watch our new play, written by Mark Shields and directed by Oliver Corr.

"James Brown: A Tyrone Memoir”

In association with the Craic Theatre.

This is a reading of a brief memoir from James Brown 1823-1907 from Donaghmore, Co Tyrone as dictated to his daughter Nora Brown in 1904. His account mentions everything from Famine to breweries and illicit stills, and it offers us a wonderful insight into the day-to-day lives of our ancestors. James Brown’s father had been a weaver, before opening a bakery and later a successful soap and candle making business.  As the family prospered, James also bought a large farm and became a leading figure in the promotion of modern agricultural techniques.  He was active in local government and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1879.  James ran the family soap making business until his last days and he died on 17 August 1907 aged 84. The memoir is read by actor Conor Begley

The source material for this podcast comes from the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI) and is reproduced with their kind permission.

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