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Trying to stitch together history

I am artist-in-residence at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh, Co Cork for August and September.

While at Cobh, I hope to travel throughout Ireland recording interviews with women who worked as seamstresses in military parachute factories during the Second World War.

I know that a parachute factory operated during the war in Carrickfergus. I contacted the local heritage centre and they confirmed the factory manufactured military parachutes and decoy dummies for the Allies and after the war, the factory became a wool and worsted yarn mill. It is now an apartment complex for tourists.

Can I ask your readers to tell their mothers, grandmothers, great-aunts, and neighbours about this project? They might have worked as seamstresses or know of someone else who has.

I believe these women provide a very particular memory of history, one that might have easily been forgotten. If you can assist this project in any way, you can contact me at the address below.


c/o The Old Yacht Club, Cobh, Co Cork,


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