Maguire and Paterson in Dublin have been making matches for a hundred years. The company's history can be traced through an exhibition of matchboxes.

As the company celebrates one hundred years Aonghus McAnally visits Maguire & Paterson to see a collection of matchboxes dating back to 1882.

Millions and millions of matches. Millions and millions of matchboxes. This is the Maguire and Paterson factory in Dublin. They've been making matches here for a hundred years. 


Sales Manager Joe Gould picks out some matchboxes that are on display including 'The Parnell' and 'The Land Leagues' boxes. There are Irish language boxes, own label brands, friendly matches, and international matches from South Africa and Sweden, which is where the match was invented. The collection also includes boxes manufactured by a sister company Bryant & May. A novelty section includes "odd-shaped boxes". 

Maguire & Paterson - Land League
Maguire & Paterson - Land League Matchbox

Maguire & Paterson - Irish Language
Maguire & Paterson - Irish Language Matchbox

Maguire & Paterson - Own Label Matchboxes
Maguire & Paterson - Own Label Matchboxes

Maguire & Paterson - Friendly Matchboxes
Maguire & Paterson - Friendly Matchboxes

Maguire & Paterson - Brymay Matchboxes
Maguire & Paterson - Brymay Matchboxes

Maguire & Paterson - Swan Vestas Matchboxes
Maguire & Paterson - Swan Vestas Matchboxes

Maguire & Paterson - International Matchboxes
Maguire & Paterson - International Matchboxes

This episode of 'Anything Goes' was broadcast on 26 March 1983. The reporter is Aonghus McAnally.

'Anything Goes' was a young people’s programme on RTÉ Television. The programme was first broadcast on 4 October 1980 and continued for 6 years.