Mural unveiled to celebrate history of creamery

A small community has unveiled a mural to what was once the largest creamery operating in the country and published a book on its extensive heritage.

People gathered in Lombardstown, Co Cork for the unveiling of the mural commemorating the creamery which opened in 1929.

The mural, designed by local artist Michael Deady, depicts a traditional scene of a horse and cart bringing milk to the creamery.

Another local, Donie O’Sullivan, spent several months compiling a huge amount of information about the history of the area and to enhance this a booklet was produced on it and heritage signs were erected to inform visitors. Funding for the work was provided by IPB Insurance as part of the IPB Youth and Community Fund.

A spokesman for the local community council, which was behind the projects, said it is hoping to put a five year plan in place in the coming months on what the Lombardstown and Gortroe areas need for the future and it will be asking for submissions from the public.

“We can now remember the times past in Lombardstown, thanks to the financial help of IPB insurance, Cork County Council and Avondhu Blackwater Partnership who have supported us in the past and hopefully in the future. The community council aims to build a better future for our community and make it better place for everyone to live,” the community council spokesman said.

“We will be holding a meeting later this month regarding our five year plan and if people want their input felt please contact us either by facebook or by email Lombardstown@hotmail.com.

Cllr John Paul O’Shea (Ind) described the mural as a wonderful initiative by the community council who are showcasing what Lombardstown creamery looked liked all those years ago.

“The creamery which was the largest in operation at the time it opened in 1929 and the mural depicts what was happening back then. The building still stands today and operates as a hardware store and fertiliser depot for Dairygold,” Cllr O’Shea said.


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