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Re: The Waits Quiz

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Posted by Gallows Hill on December 14, 2003 at 21:09:26:

In Reply to: Re: The Waits Quiz posted by Mogli on December 14, 2003 at 20:26:49:

Waits appear to be a longstanding English tradition and the word "waits" probably comes from the German word "wahten" meaning "to wake". (Impressed?). In any event, there is a very good website on the whole topic at In fact, that website has contributions from two distinguished Castebarmen. On a different note, I was surprised that nobody mentioned the article in the Irish Times for DEcember 6, 2003 about teh closure of the hat factory. There was a fine photograph of Tom Ketterick looking hale and hearty and sporting a Castlebar hat. It said that the factory was opened in 1939 and the original employees were Jewish refugees. Anyone remember that? I can't recall any Jewish families in Castlebar in my time and I am almost as old as Tempus. However, altar young persons of our generation will remember Tom Ketterick who, for some reason, always attended mass (first mass at that) in the sacristy

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