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The life and times of Nano Nagle, eighteenth century pioneer of education of the poor in Cork, whose followers went on to create a world wide teaching order. A unique view of a remarkable woman and Cork in the eighteenth century.
An article from the Atlantic on health and the consumption of dairy fats “ I think the big news here is that even though there is this conventional wisdom that whole-fat dairy is bad for heart disease, we didn’t find that,” says Marcia de Oliveira Otto, the lead researcher of the study and an assistant professor of epidemiology, human genetics, and environmental science at the University of Texas School of Public Health. “And it’s not only us. A number of recent studies have found the same thing.”
Cover page from a publication from the Condensed Milk Company of Ireland (CMCI), better known as Cleeves from the 1920s. The company was taken into state ownership and broken up in 1927. Their Mallow plant became part of the Ballyclough Creamery and is now part of Dairygold Co-op. Note the horns on the cows.
A butter worker, probably from the 1910′s. “Working the butter” was the phrase used to describe pressing the excess moisture from the butter when it came out of the butter churn. Probably quite soon after the date of this photograph the process was incorporated into churn and butter working machines became obsolete. Domestic butter makers used their butter spades or pats to press out the excess moisture.
The Butter Exchange Band outside the Butter Museum performing as part of the Blasta event, Herbie Hendrick, Cork Person of the Month, April, conducting. Herbie has been with the Buttera for almost 70 years.
The Faerie Queen Butter wrapper from what was Ballyclough Creamery, now part of Dairygold. The author of the Faerie Queen, Edmund Spenser, was granted about 3,000 acres near Mallow in the Elizabethan reconquest. The land had been forfeit from the Earl of Desmond.