National Geographic : 1964 Aug
HS EKTACHROMESAND KODACHROME(RIGHT) BY ROBERTB. GOODMAN Cordage, carpets, and cigarettes F OR a nation of only 11/2 million people, Northern Ireland produces an aston ishing variety of manufactured goods. Hanks of golden sisal (above) enter a drawing frame for separation into strands at the Belfast Ropeworks. Products of this cordage factory, largest of its kind, range from common cord to specialized twine for fishing nets and for tying up roses. In creasingly, the industry makes use of syn thetic fibers. Skilled trimmers and rulers (right) add finishing touches to carpets in the Cyril Lord factory in County Down. The Brit ish-owned company, one of Europe's larg est rugmakers, turns out 500 carpets an hour. Cigarette worker (left) in Gallaher Ltd. at Ballymena balances packs of 10's ready for shipment. This Ulster-born tobacco firm claims 40 percent of all tobacco sales in the United Kingdom. 244 N.G.S.