Library exhibition explores role played by Jacob's in our history

An exhibition looking at the role the Jacob's Biscuit company played in Irish history has opened at Dublin City Library and Archives.

Drawing on the vast Jacob Biscuit Factory Archive (held at Dublin City Library and Archive on Pearse Street), the major exhibition explores all aspects of the factory’s twentieth century history and its impact on lives of Dubliners - writes buzz.ie.

Colourful panels demonstrate the history of the factory, the workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life.

The events of the 1913 Lockout and the Easter Rising of 1916 are also covered.

During the Lockout, members of the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union walked out of Jacob's factory on Bishop Street in support of workers who were dismissed for sympathising with local tram workers who were out on strike over pay and conditions.

Then, in 1916, the factory was seized by 150 rebels on Easter Monday, under the command of Thomas McDonagh. He, along with fellow leaders John McBride and Michael O'Hanrahan were later executed at Kilmainham Jail.

Visitors will also learn about the origins of the famous Cream Cracker - which was invented in Ireland and be reminded of Jim Figgerty, the star of famous Jacob's TV adverts.

Jacobs moved out to the Belgard Road in Tallaght in the 1960s and remained there until 2009. DIT Aungier Street occupies the old Bishop Street site while Amazon owns the Tallaght lands. Jacob's are now part of United Biscuits in the UK.

The exhibition started last Friday and runs until October 28.

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