Whilst records suggest Linen production in Ireland as far back as the 13th Century it is really the latter part of the 17th Century that sees a transformation. The influences of Government Policy and the refugee Huguenots from France and the Low Countries brought about new thinking and before long Ireland was ready for the Industrial age.
Linen production was at its strongest in Ulster and by the 18th Century it affected neary every household in either the growing of Flax and or the spinning of yarn. The more fortunate had small looms which brought poor tenant farmers much needed additional income. This economic benefit lead to better health and a population boom which in turn created pressures on the availability of land.
In the area of Killeeshil Clonaneese local families where involved in the growing and processing of Flax. In Castlecaulfield there where Bleach Greens and all around houses had spinning wheels and looms.
Come to the Killymaddy Centre and hear how this industry shaped the lives the local people for over 300 years.