Re-union remembers Porters of Castlefin

Friends and colleagues of the old Porters factory in Castlefin gathered in the town last Friday night for a special reunion event.

Friends and colleagues of the old Porters factory in Castlefin gathered in the town last Friday night for a special reunion event.

Over 70 former employees of the shirt and pyjama manufacturer attended the reunion function that took place in Lynch’s Tavern.

It was a trip down memory lane for those who held various jobs in the company from machinists to smoothers, cutters and delivery drivers.

This was the first time the workers got together to re-live the memories of their days at Porters, which was a major employer in the area before it closed down in 1987.

Event organisers were John O’Dowd and Martina McClay.

John, who was a lorry driver for the company for 14 years, said the night was a great success and it was great to see so many faces from the factory’s heyday.

“The event went very well and there was over 70 people at it. There were a lot of people employed at Porters and we never really had the opportunity to have a reunion like this,” John stated.

The entrance fee was donated to the St Vincent de Paul and the event raised almost e400.