HOW FURNITURE MANUFACTURING CAME TO MONAGHAN

2 November 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

In the following essay on social and industrial history in the Monaghan area, DERMOT McNALLY documents how trade and frontier instability in the decade after Partition delivered some unexpected benefits… As the instability of Brexit still looms over the border region it’s interesting to remember how trade and frontier instability in the 1920’s (after partition) delivered unexpected industrial benefits for Monaghan. Early May 1925 and Mr Thomas McDonagh, a businessman and Quaker from Co Armagh, had just completed a deal to rent a building in Monaghan Town. The letting agent of the day mischievously spread the rumour that McDonagh was planning the first congregation of “Friends” in the county. But when woodworking machinery and timber arrived, it became apparent that the project …

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