Male workers at the Paragon Factory (William Street) in the late 1950s

Male staff members of Richards' Paragon Factory, William Street, in the late 1950s.

Male staff members of Richards' Paragon Factory, William Street, in the late 1950s.

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This photograph features some of the male members of staff who worked at Richards’ Paragon Factory on Derry’s William Street in the late 1950s.

The factory manufactured shirt collars and pyjamas. It stood where there’s now a car-park on William Street.

Here are the names of those in the photograph, kindly supplied to us by ex-worker Sean Mullan.

Front, from left, John Coyle, Jim McDaid, Liam McCallion and Jim McBrine.

Middle row, from left, Jim Canning, George Dunlop, Danny Harrigan, Kevin Doherty, Pat Fegan and Charlie Kelly.

Back row, from left, Sean Mullan, Billy Younge and Jimmy Lyttle.

Derry was, at one-time, the shirt-making capital of the world. At the turn of the 20th century, more than 30 firms in Derry were making shirts and collars.

Between them, they employed in the region of 7,000 women and girls and thousands more out-workers in the surrounding districts.

They also employed a few men!