Articles, Music & More
All the 'bars' from the Factory Floor.
Please find a selection of links to articles, music & pictures related to the Shirt Factory Industry &
historical women associated with the City.
Shirt Tales - 2017
A great place to start learning about The Shirt Factories by Freya Clements.
Songs & Music sharing the story of The Factory Girls & Workers.
'My Granny was a Factory Girl' - By Sadie Norris & Roy Arbuckle August 2020
This song was written during the Covid lockdown of 2020 as an ode to The Norris Sister's Granny - who was a Factory Girl & inspired the plaque intitative. Further Info.
'Factory Girls' - ELMA ORKESTRA November 2018.
Elma Orkestra was commissioned by Ulster Architectural Heritage to write a piece. They chose to write about the shirt factories in Derry... specifically the girls who worked in them. 'Factory Girls' features the voice of Maggie McIntyre (1904-1982)'
'The Town I loved so Well' - Phil Coulter
'In the early morning, the shirt factory horn, Called women from Creggan, the moor and the bog, While their men on the dole played a mother's role..'
Just one of the many memories & photos from the Factory floor.
Further memories and pictures are shared on the Facebook Group.
Trade Unions have always backed the Factory Girls
From the past to the present DTUC has supported the ongoing recognition of the contribution of The Factory Workers from the City & beyond.
Leading academic and former Forensic Medical Officer, Dr Keith Munro, looks back at the life of activist Margaret Cousins who attended Victoria Girls School in Derry - now Foyle College - and later joined prominent feminists such as Emmeline Pankhurst in fighting for female emancipation.
A great nephew of Margaret Cousins, Dr Munro offers a personal and insightful narrative of her life and her leading role in establishing the Irish Women’s Franchise League.
Margaret Cousins was instrumental & accompanied Emmeline Pankhurst on her visit to the City, speaking at St.Columb's Hall.
From Factory Girls to Derry Girls -
Anna McAree October 2020
The past, present, and future for the feminist narrative of life in Derry.
Honouring The Original Derry Girls
Naomi Petropoulos's (PhD candidate at Queen's University Belfast specialising in the history of Derry) blog 'Honouring the Original Derry Girls – the Resurgence of the Commemoration and Celebration of Shirt Making in Derry, Northern Ireland' is now online on the
website. Read it here: Naomi's Blog
WHN Seminar - In conversation with FOTF. Hosted by Helen Antrobus.
Thanks to WHN & representatives from FOTF, Julie Piggott, Dr Keith Munro, Clare Moore & Yvonne Norris.
“We are honoured to be part of a project, created by the Factory Workers, for the Factory Workers, keeping herstory well and truly alive.”
The Star Factory - further reading
The Star Factory original footage
The Star Factory built in 1899, has become one of these repurposed sites. After becoming derelict due to the decline of the shirt factory industry, the Star Factory was at risk of demolition.
FOTF are honoured to have been nominated as finalists in the #DJPeopleAwards - Community Champion Award - Group