Billy O'Neill Shoemaker


When you come to think about it: they are fewer and fewer people today working with their hands. In the past, on most towns’ electoral register you could find plenty of: tailors, blacksmiths, thatches, joiners, dressmakers and the like. Skilled men and women, justifiably proud of their trades and the status it conferred on them. Yet today many of them find they and their skills are unwanted in our ‘knowledge economy’. I have personal experience of this; my father was a watchmaker.

So when I heard that Billy O’Neill, a local shoemaker was closing his shop on Arklow’s Wexford Road I knew it was too good a chance to pass up. So I’d like to share with you some of the pictures I took of Billy in his workshop a week before he colsed up for the final time.


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Posted by peter dempsey on
great photos Robert you captured thew moment Billy is sorely missed especialy nw that times are harder on people
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