Carrigaline for many decades was known for a Pottery and a Pipe Band. The pottery was an unique Industry started by Hoddie (Hodder) Roberts in 1928. He was convinced that local clay that was being used to make fire bricks could also be used to make pottery. He went over to Stoke on Trent to get expert advice, met Louis Keeling and so it began small at first but gradually employing over 200 people until its closure some years ago. It also revived Carrigaline's position as a port, with vessels such as the Kathleen and May bring clay for the pottery. It also scored entertainment wise with victory in what was then the television show tops of the townin 1978.
Carrigaline Pottery was the main source of employment in Carrigaline for half a century. Part of the premises is now to be part of a large shopping centre and a new Town Square.
Carrigaline was also a thriving port up to the forties (1940's) and famous schooners such as the Kathleen and May were regular visitors bringing clay for the Pottery. It is hard to believe that such a big ship came all the way up to the bridge at high tide. The Owenabue is a free flowing and tidal river with many forms of wildlife, e.g. swans, herons. Long-term plans to have walks on both sides of the river and east and west of the bridge.
This section is under revision during this month. The excerpt from Sean O'Mahony's book 'The History and Folklore of Carrigaline' is not available at present due to copyright restrictions. Please come back at a future date to check for updated material