J. & L. F. Goodbody was established in 1865 as a jute manufacturing business based at Clashawaun in Clara and also with offices in Dublin. Its directors were Jonathan Goodbody (1865-88), Lewis F. Goodbody (1865-87), Robert Goodbody (c1870-88), Joshua C. Goodbody (c1873-88), Fredrick R. Goodbody (1880-88) and J. B. Clibborn Goodbody (1880-88).
The business was formed into a limited company in 1888 and traded under the name J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd. As well as jute, it also manufactured cotton and synthetics. Its main factories at Clara and Waterford were later joined by factories at Dublin, Limerick and Slane. In 1937, it became a public company when outside shareholders and directors were introduced. It was quoted on the Dublin Stock Exchange and wound up in 1984. The family crest was adopted as the registered trade mark.
Archival History ↴
Donated to Offaly County Library in 1987
Immediate Source Acquisition ↴
Content & Structure
Scope & Content: J. & L. F. Goodbody Ltd. ↴
Plans and drawings of Clashawaun Works and machinery(1873-1903); material relating to formation of limited company in 1888; correspondence with directors and partners (1895-1916); notices of meetings and resolutions adopted including some handwritten minutes (1935-1936); material relating to the formation of a public company in 1937; miscellaneous artefacts relating to Clashawaun Works.
Appraisal Destruction ↴
The collection was arranged in a broadly chronological order. As there is no discernible original order to the items, the archivist retained this chronological sequence and reference codes but separated the items into four strands.
A – Establishment of factory (1873-1903)
B – Formation of limited company and expansions (1888 – 1934)
C – Formations of public company (1935 -55)
D – Artefacts (c. 1930-1972)
Conditions of Access & Use
Available by appointment. Produced for consultation in original format with due regard for handling guidelines. Some fragile items may not be produced.
Conditions Governing Reproduction
Copies for private research and study only as per the Copyright and Related Rights Act (2000). Fragile items may not be copied.