On Tuesday, 27 March 2018, nine members and a guest visited the City Hall to see an exhibition on Jacob’s Biscuit Factory. It was comprised mainly of posters and photographs, with a few artifacts which unfortunately were very poorly illuminated. However, everything else made up for that small defect, as there was so much to absorb and learn about Jacob’s.
Two brothers, William and Robert Jacob, inherited a ships’ biscuit factory from their father in Waterford in 1850. It was so successful that by 1870 the brothers had leased premises in Peter Street in Dublin. Business continued to increase and by 1903 there were two hundred lines in production. By the late 1930’s, six thousand tons of biscuits were exported annually. Three hundred different varieties were being made and the workforce, who were mainly women, numbered three thousand. At this time, the decoration on biscuits was done by hand!
The Jacob’s archives were donated by Valeo Foods, who had bought the Tallaght factory in 2008. These, along with memorabilia collected by Douglas Appleyard (a member of staff for over 40 years), were donated to the Dublin City Library’s Archive in 2012.
Jacob’s took a great interest in the welfare of their staff. There were numerous sporting clubs, a dentist visited the factory every week, a doctor called regularly, and a coffee bar was installed for the workers long before it was considered an essential part of work-places.
As our group viewed the exhibition the conversation was punctuated frequently with “Do you remember...........? “ and, “I loved........!” We gazed at the varied designs of the boxes, and recalled the days when biscuits were sold from tin boxes with glass lids, all temptingly displayed. It was interesting to learn that many variety boxes were named to celebrate events, e.g. Jubilee, USA, Carnival, Pic Nic, etc.
We recalled our favorite biscuits with nostalgia and most of us agreed it was broken biscuits. You could never know what delights would turn up in the bag, but you always hoped for a large number of broken chocolate biscuits. They were the greatest treat!
On Shrove Tuesday (13th February) the St. Mary's Social Group are meeting in the Parish Centre at 2:30pm for pancakes and a chat. All are always welcome.
Some upcoming dates for the diary are
Tuesday 27th February - visit to cinema. Further details at the meeting on Feb 13th.
Tuesday 13th March - Meet in Parish Centre at 2:30pm
Tuesday 27th March - proposed visit to TCD to see the Garland of Howth. Details to be confirmed.
At the last meeting of the Tuesday Social Group a varied programme was set in train for the rest of the season. The first of which is a visit to the GPO Exhibition on Tuesday January 30th. This event is being coordinated by Ann Coulter.
Message from Ann
Plan for visit is to travel on Dart which leaves Howth at 13.45 on Tuesday, 30 January. Cost of ticket is €7.50, booked in advance online. Cost of ticket at entry is €9.00. I am happy to do a block booking, provided I receive names and cash, no later than Sunday, 28 Jan . I plan to be in St Mary’s on 28 th to get names, contact numbers and €7.50 per person wishing to travel.
Otherwise - you can contact Ann directly on 086 340 5379
There will be a meeting in the Parish Centre at 2:30pm on the 16th January to organize the programme for the rest of the year.
We had a great time yesterday at Ardgillan Castle and restored walled gardens, and loved to find the restaurant "paws" where you can bring your dog in with you!
Meet in the Parish Centre at 2:30pm. The lady who distributes knitted blankets to maternity hospitals will be present and will talk about the charity. Those blankets that have been completed by members of the group will be given to her.
Meet in the Parish Centre at 2:30pm for Halloween quiz and tea
Tour of All saint's Church, Raheny. Meet at Raheny Church at 2:30pm. Visit to be confirmed. Further information from Doreen Galbraith
Meet in the Parish Centre at 2:30pm to share recipes and taste samples
Our annual Christmas lunch will be held at the Upper Deck Restaurant, Waterside Inn, Howth at 12:30pm. Cost is 25 euro (all inclusive). All are welcome. Names and payment needed by Wednesday 6th December, to be given to Barbara Sargent (832-5392 086 210 0579) from whom further information may be obtained.
We are an active group of "more mature" parishioners who get together on Tuesday afternoons, either in the Parish hall, or at one of our many outings. Please come along to one of our meetings and join in the fun! Contact Ann Coulter