The Vice Chair of Mid Ulster District Council is to welcome home a weaving family, associated with the development of Coalisland over the course of a century.
Councillor Kim Ashton hosted a reception for the Beatty family, ahead of a talk by Elizabeth Beatty on her father and grandfather’s ownership of the Coalisland Weaving Factory Co Ltd, once a significant textiles employer in the town and mainstay of the local economy.
Elizabeth Beatty is the daughter of the late George Rooston Beatty, former Managing Director of the company, who has travelled to Dungannon to give an historical talk at Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre on Friday (16 October).
She will be giving an insight into the significant business which was established in 1866 in Coalisland, at the height of the industrial revolution, as well as an account of the families and employees who were instrumental in its development and its role and influence in the town during a period of over 100 years.
“Much of the Mid Ulster region has a very close association with the old traditional linen, cloth and weaving industries and they undoubtedly helped shape the development of our towns and villages, as well as the skills of our people.
“This is an important part of our local history and I’m delighted that the Beatty family are retaining their connection to their roots and sharing their memories and experiences”.
The factory was initially owned by the Stevenson and Clark Families until 1922, when it was acquired by Elizabeth’s grandfather, Christopher Beatty, in association with Sir Samuel Kelly. It was destroyed by fire in 1977.
The Coalisland Weaving Company’s history has been preserved in a book “A Weaver’s Tale” published in 2014.