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Dundalk treasure trove of unseen documents from Macardle & Moore history now available

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David Lynch

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David Lynch

Dundalk treasure trove of unseen documents from Macardle & Moore history now available

Hundreds of previously unseen documents, photos and advertising materials associated with Dundalk’s bastion of industry Macardle Moore are being uploaded for the first time to the Marcardles.ie website in time for the 20th Anniversary of its closure. 

The treasure trove of documents, preserved and curated by former employee Jason McGee, has been painstakingly catalogued and uploaded to serve as a time capsule of a vibrant industry from times since the past.  

Macardle Moore was founded in 1863 by Messrs EH Macardle and Andrew T Moore,  manufacturing an iconic beer brand and providing employment for over 350 people at  its peak in Dundalk, Co Louth until its closure by Diageo in 2001. 

“I suppose I was one of the last people to leave the site as I was responsible for shutting  down the I.T. systems,” said McGee. “I remember I did a last sweep of site on the final  day and came across a wealth of old documents, labels and share certs that had been  overlooked. I thought it was my duty to preserve this material for future generations”  said McGee. 

Via his web design company, Jason decided to scan, catalogue and upload  all of these documents to www.macardles.ie as he feels the time is right to share with everyone online. A time to look back and remember. 

“I continue to get emails via the website every day from people looking for bottles of  Macardles, to people tracing family trees and people looking for merchandise” said  McGee. “I would invite anyone who has any other Macardles memorabilia to contact me  via the website as I would like to create a single repository for all this material.”