The restored mobile creamery can be seen at the May Fair
DROMCOLLOGHER, the home of Ireland’s first co-operative creamery in 1889, will play host this Sunday to a more recent slice of social history but one which is certain to stir memories at the town’s annual May Fair.
This year’s May Fair, one of the chief organisers Seamus Stack explained, will feature a restored mobile creamery.
“This mobile creamery went from cross-roads to cross-roads in Kerry and Clare during the 1950s and 1960s,” he said. “The Kerry Co-Op Group has very generously given it to Dromcollogher and our local vintage enthusiasts have restored it.”
That bunch of enthusiasts will be present on Sunday to explain about the mobile creamery and show people around it, Mr Stack added.
In addition, a number of retired creamery managers from around the county have been invited to Dromcollogher for the day.
“It will be a great chance for people to meet up with the men who were important to so many families in the past ,” Mr Stack said.
But the mobile creamery and its nod to past customs are only a small part of what will be on offer to patrons from 1pm this Sunday.
There will be a vintage display of cars, tractors, farm machinery and motorbikes. In addition, there will be lots of stalls including bric-a-brac, produce and plant stalls as well as stalls with a range of goods and implements to be bought. There will be fun and games for children as well as a music and a dog show.
And all funds from the May Fair will go towards the Dromcollogher and District Community Respite Care Centre.
“These funds are badly needed,” Mr Stack said, explaining that they help to bridge the shortfall in finances needed to run the 20-bed centre.
“We get funding from the HSE and from Pobal and the residents themselves pay €250 a week because we try to keep it as close as possible to the pension level, ” Mr Stack said. But funds are always needed to maintain the centre and its 40 part-time and full-time staff. “This year too, we have spent a lot of money upgrading the centre for the greater comfort of the residents and to keep abreast of the HIQA requirements,” Mr Stack said.
Happily, he added, the centre has been successful in meeting its obligations under HIQA.
“Since the centre opened 14 years ago, we have cared for nearly 5000 people,” Mr Stack said. “We care for people from all over Limerick.”
If you would like to support this work or simply enjoy a family day out on what the organisers hope will be a sunny summer Sunday, drop along this Sunday. The May Fair takes place in a field close to the town and GAA grounds.
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