The 1000th employee : Mrs Elizabeth Holt

Being presented with a Transistor radio and a bunch of flowers by the Chairman of the Company and received on site by the Standards Management team, Depatment of commerce and ‘of course’ the press. Continue reading


Official opening by Lord Brookborough in 1962

The official opening was on 26th July 1962 by Lord Brookborough at which time there were 300 people already working in the plant.

He was accompanied on his factory tour by the Plant Manager Mr Kenneth Frost. If you recognise any of the other folks in this photograph please reply with a message.

In the beginning Standard Telephones and Cables created Monkstown

It all started in 1962.  Actually, to my surprise, I discovered at the Public Record office that it started in 1951 … but that is a story for another day.

In 1962 it was the start of an Era which had a significant effect on thousands of families in Northern Ireland and many lifetimes of effort associated with Standards (Standard Telephones and Cables) and in more recent decades Nortel.

This blog is dedicated to all those great experiences and memories of all the great folks who worked in Monkstown on the Doagh road.

It is a story in our own words, based on our failing memories and the huge number of photographs that have been collected and are being retained and published to aid our failing memories.

Comments are very welcome.