Belfast Telegraph

Derry Girls play key role in saving shirt factory

Zoe Carlin and colleagues at work in the Waterside factory unit
Zoe Carlin and colleagues at work in the Waterside factory unit

By Staff Reporter

A combination of real life and fictional Derry Girls are keeping the city's famous shirt making tradition alive and well.

Sportswear giant O'Neills came to the rescue when Smyth & Gibson announced the closure of its Derry factory in May this year with the loss of 34 manufacturing jobs.

O'Neills, which employs over 900 staff across Ireland, immediately took on 20 workers facing redundancy from one of the last traditional hand-made shirt firms.

O'Neills boss Kieran Kennedy said he was delighted with the decision to reopen the factory unit in the city's Waterside area - and now staff are busy working on a new Derry Girls product range, including newly designed jerseys featuring catchphrases from the Channel 4 hit comedy.

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