The Kynochs Explosives Factory

BBC World War One - Audio clip

Arklow is a picturesque seaside town in County Wicklow.

During the war, the Kynoch Explosives Factory stretched a mile along the town’s north beach.

Five thousand men, women and children worked here around the clock, providing munitions for British forces on the continent.

Towards the end of the war, an explosion killed 27 workers. The cause of the incident remains unsolved, as historian Jim Rees explains.

Location: Arklow, Co Wicklow. Latitude: 52.797823 Longitude: - 6.143857
Image of the Kynoch Explosives Factory
Image courtesy of Jim Rees

Release date:

26 May 2014


6 minutes

This page was added by Deirdre Burns on 16/03/2016.