Dunlops Factory, It Made Golf and Tennis Balls.

Dunlops Factory operated in Cork on the Centre Park Road from 1935 to 1983.

At one stage, almost 2,000 people worked in the Dunlops complex, many hundreds from this area.

While the factory mainly produced tyres, the workers also made rubber footwear, tennis balls and hundreds of thousands of golf balls.

Dunlops factory was the workplace of many Cork sportspeople and they had very strong hurling and soccer teams. Athletics also featured prominently.

The workforce acquired the Drumcora House, across the road from Menloe Stores on the Blackrock Road in 1972, which became the social centre for the Dunlops Employees Social Club. It had a fine pitch and putt course. It too closed a number of years ago.

Dunlops closure in 1983, caused a huge shock to Cork as about 850 men and women lost their jobs and heralded the start of a series of closures which included Fords, Verolme Dockyard and Egans. In that period we nearly lost the English Market as fires in 1980 and 1986, almost led to it being turned into another car park.

Among the workforce was Con Hannigan, who is shown here in the 1957/58 team as secretary.

Here are photos of some of the soccer and hurling stars who worked there. The hurlers are listed L to R: Tom Donoghue, John Clifford, Jimmy Brohan, Billy Campbell, Micka Brennan, Billy Murphy, Derry Hayes and Joe Twomey.

Any comments or memories of the place or people?

Published by ferdiaomahony

Writer of local news and history, in the community of Mahon, Blackrock, Cork. Graduated from UCC, with a BA in History and Politics.

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