The impact of the British war on Irish tobacco has forced the tobacco manufacturers of Ireland to strategize and fight for their survival. The Irish Tobacco Trade Journal published an interesting article in its February issue regarding the current position of the industry. The journal reflected on a meeting in London where Irish manufacturers, like Mr Gallagher and Mr Goodbody, gathered to discuss the threat posed by a great “trust” aiming to monopolize the tobacco market.
As per the article, the primary objective of the New Alliance, formed by the Irish and other independent manufacturers, is not to create a monopoly themselves but to secure their existence in the face of a growing scheme aimed at taking a monopoly. The independent manufacturers are determined to resist the monopoly, with Mr Gallagher quoted as stating “the fight was to be to a finish.” This indicates the unwavering resolve these manufacturers have in fighting against the British attempt to corner the Irish tobacco market.
Furthermore, it appears that the Limerick tobacco manufacturers have a strong local support system – evident from Spillane’s Limerick Factory declared commitment as a specialty within the trade. With Limerick demonstrating loyalty to their local products, the independent manufacturers can navigate the effects of the British war on Irish tobacco more confidently.
In conclusion, the Limerick tobacco manufacturers are facing a challenging time; however, they have demonstrated their determination to protect their trade and ensure the industry’s continued existence. Alongside the support from the local community, these manufacturers are better equipped to weather the storm of the British war on Irish tobacco.
Dublin Leader – Saturday 07 March 1903