The biggest brick manufacturer in Ireland has fallen victim to the slump in house-building and its workforce was told today that all but a handful of them are to be made redundant.
Union officials were called in by Tyrone Brick in Dungannon to be told 95% of the 65-strong unionised workforce was to be paid off.
Betting on a swift upturn in house building - and losing - the company had kept production going at its three sites in the Co Tyrone town and built up a massive stockpile of 35 million bricks. It has nowhere to put any more…
Oh a puzzle, let me try.
Very very roughly.
1000sq ft house. 2 Floors = 500sq ft per floor.
square root of 500 = 22.36
22.36 x 4walls = 89.44.
89.44 x say 20ft high house = 1788.8.
x 6 bricks per sq ft = 10,732.80
Divided into 35m is 3261 Houses.
So to answer your question, circa 1000 to 10000 houses.
Many of the bricks in Cork are from Holland.
The reason is that when a ship goes from one port to another, but only brings stuff one way (e.g. from Cork to Holland) it must fill up on something on the way back as the ship is designed to always carry a certain weight. Bricks were cheap ballast and easily stackable.