The next emigrant Custom House Man we will look at had a second surprising claim to fame, of a sort.Republican John ‘Jack’ Doyle was the son of a policeman. That wasn’t unique among the Custom House Fire Brigade. But he surely was the only one of them who was granted a patent. In 1939, while working as a Dublin Busman, he designed a stiffener for shirt collars, important in men’s fashion of the day. An unexpected talent for a member of an interesting republican family?OriginsJack’s locality around the time of his birth (OSI Maps).Jack, born on 11 March 1902 in Cartrons, near Keenagh, Co Longford, was among the youngest of 13 children – all of whom survived to adulthood. Their ...

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