ENKALON FIRE CREW 1988
This photograph is of Enkalon Fire Crew in the mid 1970's which had won the
Inter-Plant man made fibre Fire Crews competition. Only two are known in the
photograph and that is Joe Boyle the plant's Health & Safety Office and
Charles Doyle the plant's Fire Officer.
Now I'm sure you are wondering what on earth this photograph is doing here.
Well all this steel was the beginning of a new era of prosperity in Antrim.
It's 1961 and this steel will hold a plant that everyone will know, Enkalon.
This aerial photograph taken 1964 gives you an idea the size it was and the
prosperity it brought to Antrim town.
As you can see the building is growing, it's January 1964 and soon Enkalon
will be up & running.
Just off their flight with British European Airways from Holland are some
of the new Enkalon workers back in 1963. They had been to Emmen to train for
the jobs they were going to do in Ankelon and also to train other workers.
Here we are inside Enkalon and these two men working this machine are producing
Beaming yarn for the warp-knitting industry
Here we are in the Enkalon back in September 1971. These apprentices
are all smiles and it's no wonder for they have just received their prized
certificates confirming they had completed their apprenticeship.
From the left we have Alan Porteous, Sammy Lyttle, Unknown, Unknown, Willie
Greer, R Tate, Ivan Brownlees, Ivan Fox (Apprentice training Centre Manager),
Kenneth Fletcher, Sammy Wolfenden, Unknown, Eugene OHagan, Dan Lorimer,
and Wallis Service.
This is the Inspection department in Enkalon and these two girls inspecting
the tubes of yarn for any faults before going to the Despatch department for
Hard at work in Ankalon is Elizabeth Witherspoon who is the ' senior girl
' in the Data Preparation department in 1971.
Elizabeth works along with six other girls each capable of punching the equivalent
of 300 foolscap sheets of information every day!
This is Heather Bulter then aged 21 in 1971 who worked in Ankalon. Heather
was a keen badminton player and a member of the Ulster Minor representative
team which won the inter-provincial championship that season.
Photographed at Enkalon in 1971 this amazing machine that this girl - who
is unknown - is operating can actually transmit pictures through a telephone
to anywhere in the world! Then it took five minutes to transmit a sheet A4
but they hope to in the not too distance future to get it down to 45 seconds!
This of course was the fore runner of your everyday fax machine.
ENKALON FOOTBALL TEAM G. SHIFT
This is Enkalon Football Team G. shift getting their photograph taken.
At the back are B. Loughran, J. Burton, Unknown, Danny Letters, F. Robb and
In front we have B. Devlin, R. Coles, Unknown, J. Cathcart and W. Shaw.
ENKALON FOOTBALL TEAM
All smiles before their match we have the Enkalon boys of 1965.
At the back from the left B.Clarke, T. Johnston, D. Letters, B. McVeigh, S.
McKee, Unknown and E. Smyth.
In the front are E. Baillie, Unknown, B. Devlin, Unknown, J. Wright and W.
After the match they weren't smiling, they lost 4 -2 to the Dutch factory
ENKALON FOOTBALL TEAM G. SHIFT
This is Enkalon's football team from G shift in 1963.
At the back the goalie is unknown, then Mr. Macguire, Unknown, Unknown, D.
McCreight and the manager M. McCauly.
Seated in front are Unknown, C. Creighton, Bill Atkins, Unknown, Danny Letters
and W. Craig.
This is Anne McKee one of minders who took the Enkalon workers children to
the annual Christmas circus in 1970.
Enjoying a bottle of pop at the theatre is Bridgett Murray and Eileen Nicholl
who had taken these children to the theatre for their annual Enkalon Christmas
treat in 1970. The children's names are sadly unknown.
All eyes and total concentration from these children at the theatre in December
This was their annual treat as their parents worked in Enkalon, their names
are not known
Here enjoying themselves at the theatre are Enkalon workers children in 1970.
At the moment the names are unknown.
Jiving the night away in 1970 at the annual Enkalon Christmas do, the two
jivers are unknown.
Pictured here enjoying themselves at the Enkalon Christmas do in 1970.
At the moment they are all unknown but who is the Elvis look-alike on the
Pictured at Enkalon's Christmas do in 1970 we have on the left is June McIlvenna,
Melvyn McIlvenna, George Patterson, Joyce Patterson, Patrica Kirkwood and
Leslie Wallace who later got married.
ENKALON "H" SHIFT PARTY
This is Enkalon "H" shift at their club having a party in 1967.
Lifting their glasses are F. Adams and Danny Letters, not to be outdone we
have F. Smith lifting a bottle instead. Sticking his head in A. Murray and
next to him is E. Smith, the other two men are unknown.
ENKALON CLUB 1467
Out for the night at Enkalon Social Club, having a good time and when you
have something to celebrate that's even better. The reason for being there
was that is was the last night of 1970 Old Year's Night and seated at the
table waitng for midnight from the left we have Isobel Sands, Maurice Cullen,
James McClintock, Gladys Cullen, Ena McClintock and Jackie Sanos.
Notice that it is the men that are eating well from the cocktail sticks.
ENKALON DARTS CLUB
Winners of the Enkalon darts team competition in 1971 is Marshall Hunter and
his boys from the 'H' shift.
It's the 23rd September 1963 and Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix Crown
Princess of the Netherlands has just arrived to officially open the Enkalon
There to meet Her Royal Highness is the Joint Managing director of Enkalon
Mr R.L. Shierbeck
Greeting her on her arrival is a little girl giving her a bouquet of flowers,
are you this little girl if so please let know.
Here in this photograph in Enkalon's Textile Laboratory, the Joint Managing
director Mr R.L. Shierbeck is explaining the function of one of the pieces
of appartus to Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix Crown Princess of the Netherlands,
during her tour of the plant.
copy was taken from a newspaper photograph and so does not do the girls justice,
if anyone out there has an original photograph I would love to borrow it to
make the girls faces more identifiable.
ENKALON WORKERS ANNUAL DINNER DANCE
Here we are in Halls Hotel it's a Wednesday night but the date and year are
unknown. The people in the photograph who seem to be having a great time
are from the left Mr. G. Davis with his wife Mrs G. Davis and then Mr. S.
Gallagher and his wife Mrs S. Gallagher. The reason they are there is because
it's The Annual Dinner Dance of Enkalon 'E' shift, Drawtwist department.
ENKALON APPRENTICES 3451
These proud young men having their photograph taken in August 1977 is because
they have just received their Tradesmen Certificates.
At the back on the left we have Norman Kirk then Stephen Chestnut, Adrian
Clarke, Stephen Lee, John McBurney, David McDowell, Sam Tweedy, Stephen Gillen,
Mervyn Fletcher, Gerry McLarnon and Colum Milner
Seated are Unknown, Unknown, Mrs Schierbeek, Norrie Sullivan and Richard Logan.
ENKALON WORKERS CHRISTMAS DINNER DANCE
Here are some of the Enkalon workers at their Christmas Dinner Dance all smiles
because they have had a great meal and are now washing it down with some
local beverages before getting up and having a bit of a dance. Now I'm sure
some of the Enakalon workers are trying to figure out where on earth the photograph
was taken in the club, well it wasn't it was taken in the 'The Hall's Hotel'
for at that time the Enkalon Social Club had not been opened.
On the left Tom Kempson, then Mary Kempstan, Maureen and Victor Mulholland,
Rosemary and Tom Creighton and finally Maud and Jack Montgomery.
ENKALON SPORTS DAY -3548
Here we are on a bright sunny day in 1968, these eight strapping smiling lads
are having their photograph taken because they are the winners of the Tug
of War at the Enkalon Sports day.
Standing at the back (from the left) are J. McClintock, J. Robinson, M.Laird
and T. Mawhinney.
Kneeling are (from the left) we have R. Elliott, T. Harbinson, R. Maguire
and W. McIlroy.
It's either 1962 or 1963 and we are in Enkalon's Yarn inspection department
and the girls have been given a break to have this photograph taken.
At he back from the left are , Lois Martin, Ailish Burns, Coleen Tethers,
Jean McCaughey, Dolores Murray, Lillian McQuillan, Valerie Murray and Philomena
Middle row has Sheila Kelly, Annie McClung, Rose McCoy, Rita Hall, Sally George,
Mary O'Neill, Margaret Battersbay, Ruby McClung and Ann McCloan.
In the front row are Elizabeth Beresford, Pat Cummings, Violet Millar, Dorothy
Millar, Ann McQuillan, Eileen Jackson and Eleanor Malon.
All smiles for the camera in 1970 at their annual Enkalon Christmas do. The
couple on the left are Tommy Corrigan and his wife her name is Unknown at
the moment along with the rest of the group.
I wish to thank Carol Corscadden for remembering