* Housing Associations these organise the building of houses for local people


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In the last ten years, the council has been actively involved with development of tourist and social facilities. In 1989, Dromcollogher opened the National Dairy Co-op Museum and in the same year, the Community Council completed the first stage of the social housing with the building of four houses for the community’s elderly.
Since then there has been further development of the towns tourist attractions with the opening of the Heritage Centre incorporating, the Co-op Exhibition, a Coffee shop (with a full time employee), and lecture room. In the pipeline are, a video of the history of butter making, to be shown in the Heritage Center’s lecture room, and a display of steam-powered machinery. Although funded partly through grants, most of the original ideas and finances have come from within the community.
On the social side, the Community Council has been aware of the changing needs of the town. Recently they were involved in the building of the second stage of the social housing which incorpora ted the creation of six more units for the elderly and the construction of a Day Care Centre for the elderly. Again, they are looking to the future, trying to ensure that there is sufficient quality housing to keep the families in the area, and they are in the process of setting up a Housing Association with the brief to organise the building of family houses.
Over the last ten years, a number of subcommittees evolved as listed below: * Restoration Committee - They were in charge of the restoring of old agricultural machinery especially the steam driven engines. For a year, they also sponsored the running of a FAS youth training project.

* Heritage Committee - this group organised the building of the Heritage Centre and liaised with the Restoration Committee in the restoring of the First Dairy Co-operative in Ireland. (See appendix 1)

* Housing Associations - these organise the building of houses for local people.
Day Care Association - these organised the building of a Day Care Centre for the elderly in the Dromcollogher area and surrounding district. Other committees in the town (some which the project occasionally assist ):
Carnival Committee, Credit Union, G.A.A., Grave Yard Committee, Parochial Hall
Committee, Ladies Club, Macra Na Feirme, and St. Vincent De PauI.’ Day Care Centre
Dromcollogher and District Day Care Centre for the Elderly opened in February 1996, and since then has been staffed the FAS CE Participants. Every week it opens its doors to locals and transports people from within an I 8 mile radius so they can enjoy meeting friends having a lunch together and dance, bingo etc. It compliments the Social Housing Project as a substantial number of visitors are from the local Social Housing Schemes.
Respite Care Centre
For the ambience created by the beautifully appointed buildings, the bright surrounding and fantastic staff, having contributed to making, what could be a traumatic and daunting experience for the elderly residence, in to what many describe as a holiday in letters of thanks they have written to staff
What marks out the Dromcollogher facility from others is the fact that residents are encouraged to interact with each other and with the local community, such as live music and dancing, story telling, social evenings or communal reading, there by contributing greatly to their quality of life. They are invited to take walks in the garden, watch the geese the hens or the chickens, or the birds in the aviary, like they would if they were in their own homes.

From the moment it opened its doors in 2002, the twenty-bed one-storey facility conveniently located adjacent to the town, has been a wonderful success in the care of the elderly and in pro viding respite for their carers at home.

The Old Creamery Store
The Community Council bought this 6,000 sq. ft. building from Golden Vale and immediately began converting it into ‘work spaces’ in order to help people set up new enterprises. In order to collect matching funds they had set up a ‘members club’ draw, which netted £6,000 and contacted 40 local business people etc., for further sponsorship.
Our various projects have been extremely successful, having cost £1,250,000, and all are fully paid for
We immediately received a large number of requests from people to set up various enterprises, e.g. light engineering, purchasing and distribution, crafts
Creamery Museum BuHdinq
Form Grinders Limited
Form Grinders Ltd. was set up in Dromcollogher in 1977-78 by an English gentleman called Norman Pheasent.
It was set up in what was an “Advance Factory” which was at the time being built all over the country by the I.D.A. At that time, in Ireland, this was an initiative to attract foreign companies to come and set up business.
Mr. Pheasant sent Mr. Don Hip grave to Dromcollogher to set up the company and it went into full production in 1979 with twelve employees, producing the “ball” for Roll on Deodorants.
In the mid- 1990’s the company was bought by a German Multinational company called “Weener Plastic Packaging” This was a major move for Form Grinders and Weener Plastics have made huge investments in the company ever since. It is likely that Form Grinders Ltd. would not have survived only for this chance of ownership and their investment.

Towards the end of 2005, Weener Plastics also bought out the major competitor of Form Grinder and this will now mean that Form Grinders will be the centre of excellence for this plastic product worldwide. Mr. Don Hip grave remains here as Managing Director.

We now have over seventy-five employees, the company is growing and the future looks very bright indeed. Having weathered the storms of the early to mideigh ties when factory after factory closed in Ireland, Form Grinders must now be one of the greatest success stories around the area and hopefully will continue to grow and give secure employment to the local community. ‘

-Post office

The post office opened its doors in 1833, it reported to Charleville across the border in County Cork. The postal system has never been a great observer of county boundaries.
O Shea’s Bar
o Shea’s Bar came to Dromcollogher in the early 30’s owned by Paddy 0’ Shea. The previous owner was Mrs. Noonan. Paddy 0’ Shea came from Ballinlonig and Mrs 0’ Shea came from Clonakilty. It is a family owned business and they also sold groceries. The pub is now run by Paddy 0 Shea’s daughter Eilish. Tom Crowley’s was next door he made wheels for horse drawn cars.
Quaid Fitted Fitted Furniture
This Business started in April 1989 as Joe Quaid fitted furniture. The company moved from creamery building to its present building in 1995, and changed its name to Quaid’s Fitted Furniture Ltd., in 1999. It currently employs eighteen staff.
Goggin Buckley Structural Steel.

“This company was founded almost 30 years ago, and is now one of the countries leading fabricators/erectors of structural steel and cladding. At present, the company has 40,000 sq.ft. workspace. With an extensive automated and semi automated plant and the latest in design and detailing software. With a modern workshop and a state of the art drawing office on site, you can be assured of a prompt and efficient service. For site erection of steel and cladding the company has invested heavily in a modern lifting plant and training to meet the highest safety standards.” Twomey’s Bakery

“Founded in the early 1900’s by James Fitzgerald. Twomeys bakeiy is a third generation business. It traded from the premises in Church St, close to where the premises are today. In 1942, Tom Twomey married Kitty Fitzgerald and continued the business. In 1974, it was taken over by their son Pat Twomey. A new premise has been built. Today the business employs twenty people and producing a wide range of hand crafted breads which are marketed within counties Limerick, Cork, Kerry and Clare.”
Christy Brosnan’s Grocery Store
Christy Brosnan’s family owned grocery store in Church St., started trading in
Christy is also noted in the field of Athletics.
• He won the Munster Junior Cross Country in 1958.
• Cork County Senior Carroigonline -1960
• Munster Norris Rathkeale— 1957
• Munster Senior — 1959
• All Ireland Junior— 1959
Country Style Bathrooms Tiles & Flooring
Steve Enright opened his doors in October 2004 and stocks a wide selection of wooden floors tiles bathroom suites. The business employs two full-time staff.
McCarthys Undertaker
The McCarthys undertaker was established in the 1890’s by the current-day
owner’s great-grandfather. The Funeral Parlour was situated at the Pike
Dromcollogher. 0’ Connors Butchers
“0’ Connors Butchers established around 1991, is a family run bushess located in the Square Dromcollogher. They have six full time staff and their own abattoir for slaughtering animals. They serve the best qualities meats.”
Brudairs Bakery

“Brudairs bakery is situated on Church Street, Dromcollogher. The bushess is built on the renovated building of Brudairs shop and Aherns Bar and Ice cream parlour.

Nora Ahern was the wife of one of the men burned in the cinema fire of 1926 and was pregnant at the time with her son Bob Ahern. Bob who resides h Dub/h sold us the premises many years after his mothers’ death.
Ellen Brudair, a great grand aunt of Frank Brudair, owned the other half of the building. She carried out a thriving general trading business and had the main egg market in the town. She was not married and left the premises to my grand father Dan Brudair, who origha ted from Mona yea and worked in the post office in Milford. There he met his wife Nora Murphy from Kyle, Mi/ford and they set up home h the premises on Church Street
They continued the business and they had some town fields, which went with the premises. At the back of the premises were stalls for the farm animals, which meant the animals had to be brought through the dwelling to access these stalls. Some years after my grandfather died, my father Donal Brudair, who was at this stage married to my mother Elizabeth O’Dell, a daughter of the local blacksmith John O’Dell from Pike Street, moved hto the premises from a residence h the North Road, Dromcollogher.
My maternal grandmother, Ellen O’Dell nee Fowler came from Campile County Wex ford. She was a confectioner and worked h Fitzgeralds Bakery (nowTwomey’s) Church Street. Ellen had her own shop at the forge in Pike Street, opposite the creamery where she baked and sold con fectionary.
My mother trained as a confectioner in Templemore and worked in Abbe yfeale before marrying my father, who worked in CIE and developed the bus route from Broadford to Limerick, servicing West Limerick. My mother continued on the shop business and developed the bakery and confectionery business on the premises. As a family, we also lived on the premises until 1982, when my parents built a house across from the hurling field in Coolaboy.

I returned from the Bakery School in Kevin Street, Dublin in 1984 and further developed the bakery business and bought Ahrens promises in 1987. I built a new bakery at this stage and when I got married in 1988, myself and my wife Maria, moved into the apartment over the business. In 1992, we moved to our house opposite Hazeiwood College and my brother John, who had also joined the business in 1991, moved into the apartment for a number of years. When the business expanded further the apartment upstairs was turned into offices for the business.

The business continues to date to trade and grow from these premises and we now have retail units in Cork, Tipperary and Kerry. ““
Cleary’s Drapery
“This has been Cleary’s Drapery since the early thirties. It was previously O’Flynns. My grandfather Jim Cleary married my grand mother Bridget O’Flynn. That time, as with most other shops our shop had a seven-day licence. It was a very small bar; it did not have any draught products just bottled beer and spirits. The licence was sold in 1970 for £ 1, 500. My parents took over the shop in 1969, my father Seamus Cleary died in 1980. My mother Nuala still runs theshop to day. We recently restored some old posters these can be seen in the Drapers bar Newcastle West.””
Walls Shop
“Wall’s shop is one of the longest established business’ in Dromcollogher. The present owner’s great grandfather a James Wall purchased a house in the town in 1844 and established a hardware, grocery with vintners licence business. Ledgers from around that period are still available and give an indication of what prices were like, a bottle of whiskey could be bought for 3 shillings and eleven pence and an ounce of tobacco for 2 pence. He was a successful businessman and able to provide well for his family.

His son Thomas, to whom the business passed, was an ardent Nationalist, was involved with the Land League and the Fenian movement, and served a period in Clonmel jail, for his activities. By contrast, in private life a gentler and humane character could scarcely be found, in 1926, he handed over the business to his son Charles.

Charles and his wife Margaret were both at the tragic cinema disaster in 1926. He gave an account of that terrible disaster to a journalist Raymond Foxhall of the Sunday Express, Charles could remember the name of the first film, which was a western called “The Decoy”, but could not remember the name of the 2’’ film. Subsequent to that feature being published, he received a letter from the chief projectionist at the time who worked at the Assembly cinema, Cork from where the films came from. He stated in the letter that two films he checked for Dromcollogher were the “The Decoy” and the 2’” film was “The False AIarm’

Charles was also prominent in the Volunteer Movement and was sworn into The
Irish Republican Brotherhood in Holy Week 1916 by a courier from Dublin and
was appointed Commandant of the West Limerick Volunteers, for the Easter
Week Rising. About 300 men assembled under his command at Glen quin Castle
- 141 -on Easter Sunday 1916, to await further orders, but the expected arms delivety having failed to materialise, messengers arrived from Professor Eoin McNeil!, cancelling the uprising. It then took place in Dublin only, as well known, because its leaders there decided to make their protest in arms, in spite of the official cancellation.
After 1916, Charles helped to organise the resistance around Passage West, Co. Cork. In 1919-20, he was working with the Sinn Fein (Dail) courts, in 1920 was arrested, and spent a year in Ballykinlar Interment camp.
Charles built up a thriving business and handed it over to his son James in 1966. Having purchased the house next-door, owned by McAuliffe’s, James incorporated this house in the business. McAuliffe’s was the house referred to in the song Dromcollogher composed and written by Percy French. Percy French got such great treatment whilst staying in McAuliffe’s house that he wrote the verse “there was only one house in Dromcollogher.
On the centenary of the song, a Percy French concert was held in the Parochial
Hall and a plaque, presented by Limerick Civic Trust was unveiled by Coutney
Kenny a grand nephew of Percy French’s at Walls Hardware store on the 9th
October 1994.

James and his wife Rona extended the business further by purchasing Galvin’s former drapery shop and transferring the grocery and news agency side of the business there. This side of the business was sold to Ger Meaney, who opened a Centra food store and which is now a thriving business1’m”

Moss Kiely
Dromcollogher Building Supplies and Hire Ltd
“Moss Kiely of Knockacraig, Dromcollogher, runs a well established and very successful business on the outskirts of Dromcollogher on the Broad ford road. Hetrades under the name of Dromcollogher Building Supplies and Hire Ltd. Moss is
well known in the trade ever since he joined local Building Contractor Liam Quaid
of Ross as an apprentice Carpenter in 1972. He qualified as a top class and
reliable tradesman.
In late 1980 and early 1981, he took the initiative and registered as a building
contractor in his own right. Very soon he was in big demand both locally and
further a field. He constructed all types of houses — two storey, dormer and
bungalow as well as extensions — grocery shop extensions, renovations and old
style pub refurbishment.
Around this time with new rules and regulations laid down by the E.E.C. and
Common Agricultural Policy (C.A.P.) regarding effluent and pollution, the farming
community began big renovations and lay outs to combat and control both
effluent and the pollution. Moss was quick on the scene with steel shuttering and
all the mod cons associated with this type of work. Not alone was he involved
with the construction of these farm buildings, he also began to hire out the steel
shuttering. Gradually he then moved into the supply of other building materials
like timber, sand, gravel and cement.
In the 90s he also had a plant hire business which consisted of compressors,
cement mixers, kangos, drills, scaffolding planks and power washers etc.
With the demand for building materials in the neighbourhood so great, Moss had

to give up the building contracting side and also cut down on the plant hire. He

erected holding sheds for all sizes and lengths of timber and in 2001 he took on
his brother Eugene as a full-time yard manager.
Today the business includes materials and equipment for every trade and D.I.Y.
man — cement blocks, lentils, sills, paving slabs, sand, cement, bricks, aero
board, waving pipe, fittings, water fittings and all types of quarry products - as the
saying goes “Everything From a Needle to an Anchor”. Moss also runs a delivery service second to none and he can be seen on the road both early and late in his own amicable and obliging way. The People of Dromcollogher and in fact all of West Limerick and North Cork can count themselves lucky to have such a good service on their doorstep, run by an efficient and friendly proprietor and his staff Long may it continuei°”
Linehan’s Garage
Dan linehan bought the garage from John Foster in February, 1954 and ran it until his death in 1987. Since then Jim and Ned Linehan.
When he bought the garage in 1954, he got Dan Daly to build an extension to the rear. There were two petrol pumps and underground storage tanks, Caltex was the petrol company suppling the petrol at the time. In the early days there were endless punctures and springs went in cars as the roads were very bad. During the years Dan put many employees through his hands; Bill Joe McCarthy, John Doody, Murty Duggan, Phil Doody, Christy Doody, Roger Roche, Donie Farrell, Con Noonan, Jerome Kirwan, Liam Noonan, Tom Murphy, Denis Falvey and Damien Keogh.
Lisa’s Hair Salon
“Lisa’s hair salon opened in Dromcollogher on the 10th of February 1996 and relocated to its current position on the 17th of November 2004.

Over the years five girls have been employed with me, one is now a qualified hairdresser, two are still in training and one is still working with me in the shop. XXXV”

0’ Kelly Antiques & Interiors
“The O’Kelly family have been in Dromcollogher for hundreds of years and the first evidence that we have of business was when Denis O’Kelly who had served his time as a baker moved into town in the 1800s and built the corner house and the adjacent premises. He was by all accounts a very hard worker and would have very little help from banks to achieve his goals. He had a bakery, pub, flour and meal store and a farm. Denis had two sons who entered business with him and Ned who was my grandfather had the corner house and a farm in Garden Field, where the O’KeIly families farmed for eight generations.
Ned married a Lis griffin woman called C at he rine Noonan and they had three sons and a daughter.
Denis and Louis carried on the business at the corner house up to their
respective deaths and they ran the farm producing a great line of in-calf heifers
for many years. Their sister married Patrick Ahern and ran a pub (now the
Chinese take away) and farm in Dromcollogher.
Our father was Edward (Cola) and he had gone to college to study dairy science but left join the regiment of Pearse during the Second World War. He was injured in an accident with the local L.D.F. and never returned to college.
He had a hackney service was involved in cow testing for the local Dairy
societies creameries at Milford and Dromcollogher and eventually he married
Adeline Broderick a local girl who’s family had extensive business in the area at the time.
They bought Coughlin’s bar (now country style tile and bathrooms) and ran that during the fifties and early sixties. Our father also became an auctioneer andworked on the local mart when it was started in the 1960s 1964 they bought Mrs Sheehan’s across the road and opened a pub and a food store there in 1965.

They ran a successful business here for many years. We sold the licence in 1997 and closed down the pub as I wished to pursue a different career. We now run an Auctioneering and Antique business from the premises and hope to be in business in the town for many generations to come!°°””

Dooley’s Pharmacy
“Pat and Bebhinn Dooley came to Dromcollogher in 1992, and set up Dooley’s Pharmacy. The Pharmacy currently employs five and is still providing an excellent service to the people of Dromcollogher and surrounding areas.”
“Hazelville retirement service part of St. Jose phs Foundation, Charlevile, provides 24-hour care for people who can no longer enjoy the world of work, due to increase levels of dependency. Care in Hazelvile is provided in a friendly, homelike environment and an active social and recreational programme is incorporated into the daily routine. All the residents are encouraged to main tath their skills and to make decisions in relation to their individual care. Staffs recognise the individuality of each resident and strive to provide individual and holistic care. Currently we have nine residents in Hazelville and a staff of nine who rotate and work on a shift basis.
Mr Michael Martin T. D. Minister officially opened Hazelville on the 17th November 2000 for Health and Children.’111” Blood Transfusion
“Blood transfusion started up in Dromcollogher in l972.”
Stevo’s Pit Stop
It is a family run business located on the north road Dromcollogher. Stevo’s Pit Stop opened in November, 2003. It’s a convenience store selling coal, gas, and solid fuel and car accessories. It’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. and Saturday 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Dromanig Agri. Sales and Services
“Richard O’Brien opened a garage in Dromanig on January 2006. Dromanig Agri. sells all kinds of new and second hand agricultural machinery and does all types of repairs”’.
Maura and Gerry Eqan Television Rental Shop

“Back in 1966, television was relatively new to Ireland and not many people had yet invested in a television set especially in rural areas. All that changed when two brothers, Jack and Mick Manning, who by chance had a friend named Gerry Keyes here in Dromcollogher.

They were looking for a suitable window to display a television set with a view to setting up a rental business in Dromcollogher and which would be an extension to their rental business, which they had established in Croom.
Gerry Keyes knew that Gerry and I had bought an old premises and had just renovated it this was originally owned by F. Fitzgerald and his wife and they ran a grocery and hardware shop for a long number of years.
Gerry introduced Jack and Mick to us, they were impressed with the big window and so began thirty years of a very successful rental business, over the years we sold small electrical appliances, transistor radios and musical cassette tapes etc. By 1996, the rental business went down when people began to purchase their own sets. Gerry retired in July 1996 and in December 1996, I also retired. We were sad to say good-bye to Jack and Mick but we remain friends to this day”. Gerry Maura Egan.
The Flower Shop
Rita Ruddock established the flower shop in 1989, it caters for weddings, funeral, birthdays and births.
The Gift Loft
The Gift Loft was established in 2002 by Jack Ruddock and specialises in framing, printing as well as gifts for all occasions.
Daly’s Funeral Parlour
Daly’s funeral parlour is situated on the North Road and is opened over twenty years.
Lisa Reidy’s Hair Salon
Lisa’s hair salon is situated in Pound Street and has been in business for two
Henry’s Café
Nina and John Brudair from Abbeyfeale opened Henry’s Café situated in the Heritage Centre on the 31st of October 2006. Freshly cooked breakfast, lunches and light bites are served on a daily basis. 0’ Connors laundry Pike Street Dromcollogher Proprietors: Anthony & Kathleen O’Connor

0’ Connors Laundry opened its doors for business in September 2002. The business is run solely by husband and wife team, Anthony & Kathleen O’Connor. 0’ Connors Laundry offers a full range of Laundry, Dry cleaning and ironing services and more recently boasts an excellent shoe repair service.

It was about 1870 when my grandfather Edmund Ahern returns from America
and purchased these premises. In time, he established a shop and bakery and
after his death, his son (My father), also Edmund Ahern took over and made
major improvements. A steam oven was installed; a shop frontage of plate glass
windows facia board with name in gold lettering was put in place. Bread baked
here was delivered to the surrounding villages by horse drawn van until the
1950’s, when a motor van was purchased. The business was thriving but
unfortunately my father became incapacitated and had to give up my mother was
teaching in the local primary school. Having no son to follow him just my sister
and I who had no interest in the bakery, he leased it to John Doody from Naas
and he baked bread and bracks for a good number of years. The shop had been
kept on and that is where I came in, after three years in boarding school, it
became my responsibility. My farther died in 1960. I had got married in 1956 to Jerry Keys from Limerick and he ran the business and reared five sons none of whom had any interest in staying at home, so it was just the two of us again. In0’ Connors laundry Pike Street Dromcollogher
Proprietors: Anthony & Kathleen O’Connor
0’ Connors Laundry opened its doors for business in September 2002. The
business is run solely by husband and wife team, Anthony & Kathleen O’Connor. 0’ Connors Laundry offers a full range of Laundry, Dry cleaning and ironing services and more recently boasts an excellent shoe repair service.
It was about 1870 when my grandfather Edmund Ahern returns from America

and purchased these premises. In time, he established a shop and bakery and

after his death, his son (My father), also Edmund Ahern took over and made
major improvements. A steam oven was installed; a shop frontage of plate glass
windows facia board with name in gold lettering was put in place. Bread baked
here was delivered to the surrounding villages by horse drawn van until the
1950’s, when a motor van was purchased. The business was thriving but
unfortunately my father became incapacitated and had to give up my mother was
teaching in the local primary school. Having no son to follow him just my sister
and I who had no interest in the bakery, he leased it to John Doody from Naas
and he baked bread and bracks for a good number of years. The shop had been
kept on and that is where I came in, after three years in boarding school, it
became my responsibility. My farther died in 1960. I had got married in 1956 to Jerry Keys from Limerick and he ran the business and reared five sons none of whom had any interest in staying at home, so it was just the two of us again. In1999 my husband got a stroke and died in 2003. so I’m on my own. I’ve kept on the shop to keep in touch with people and will continue as long as I’m able D.V.
O’Donnell Children Shop
O’Donnell’s Childrens Shop was previously run as a chemist, before that by Mgt. Stokes and before that again by the Dore family who had the first chemist shop in the locality. It is now run a childrens shop for over 20 years.
Meaney’s Centra

Ger and Maura Meaney purchased Walls Grocery Shop in February 1991. The shop was renovated and the new 1,500 sq. foot Centra food market was launched in March 1991. Over the last 15 years the shop has been renovated and extended on numerous occasions and now has a retail area of 6,500 sq. feet. Meaney’s Centra Supermarket now carries an extensive range of groceries as well as all types of fresh foods, meats, fish, confectionery, stationery etc. currently there are about 35 people employed between full-time and part-time staff.

Nellie Noonan
Drama was one of greatest interests at one time and I was very involved in that. We did all sorts of plays and dramas and Diarmuid Mullins came along and taught us more and was in a lot of plays with us. He still lives locally. Diarmuid was a great man for the Irish language and got us involved in his Irish classes and then one thing led to another. We found ourselves in Macra na feirme, competing in the Irish public speaking competitions. We ended up winning the County finals and were beaten in the Munster finals by Ballingeary, where they were all native speakers anyway We used to hold a field evening of our own here every evening of our own here every now and again. We’d crater for all different groups and teams and sometimes there would be quizzes and that sort of thing geld in the hall. Macra was a great thing and we had a great bunch here. One year our group won the award for the best Macra group in the country. It was a great thing for young people and especially young framers and in a place like this, one activity lent itself to another and in that way, we got doing drama with Macra. We did very well with those and even won Best Irish Drama Group in Dublin once. It wasn’t just the competing though: we used to meet up a lot for practices at the hail or the Tech or even at my house here. And there was a fierce interest in it altogether. Mind you, we were winning trophies by the new time so it is no wonder we all had such and interest!
Dromcollogher had a great sense of community, and still dose today and a great many things have been achieve. We had the idea that it would be lovely to restore the creamery to its original condition and though it was a big job, between us we managed.
I was secretary of the carnival committee as well for a long time. It was a great way of raising funds for the area.

The parish hall was a great place where there were some great dances. It was different in those days as there were no lounge bars or drinking in the hall all we had was the dances and strictly a mineral bar. There were big crowds especially during the carnivals and all the big bands came at one time or another.

The Credit Union was another movement that I have been involved with for a long time; I was treasure here for years. When it started up first in Dromcollogher, Michael McNamara was treasure and I was his assistant. It truly is a marvellous concept and has changed the lives of many people, allowing them access to funds that they were often denied elsewhere
Housing Schemes
I am the secretary of the Family Housing Scheme, and the treasure of the Social Housing Scheme. We began by building four houses and ended up with a lot more, just opposite the G.A.A. field. Then came the respite centre-there was no stopping us! We had a bit of land that we had bought years ago from a man by the name of Joe Geary and had rented it out to various people. In the end we sold it to the County council on the condition they would build houses on it, which they are in process of doing at the moment. It was the right thing to do. I suppose that we could have sold it to a developer for a lot more but the community has grown so much and housing is always needed and we felt that this was a good way to contribute to this. It’s a good feeling to be able to do some good, especially in a way that benefits not just one person, but the whole town.
At various times in my life I have had a butcher shop, a drapery and a public house as my neighbours. O’Shea’s across the way had a public house as well, as had O’Kelly’s. Noel Savage had a bar and so too did a man by the name of Jamie McCarthy. All of those have changed hands many times in my day. But a man cannot live on drink alone, so we have the baking as well! We had two bakeries to begin with, Fitzgerald’s and Ahern’s.
The Ahern’s closed down and one Fitzgerald girls married Tom Twomey from Feenagh, and that’s who owns the place now. The brooders started up with the confectionery, so we’re back to having two again.
Dromcollogher Hall

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“My association with Dromcollogher hail goes back to the late Sixties when a new committee was formed to run the hail. It was the era of the show bands and an opportunity to create funds for the up keep of the hail, which was a fine building then.
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IS’ SMembers of the committee — Dick Johnson, Jerry Keyes, Sean Ryan, John
Noonan, Edie O’Meara, Mike O’Dell, Dan Linehan, Seamus Cleary, Nellie
Noonan, Sean l,win.
Janey Noonan was caretaker who did a fine job looking after the hall. Sean Ryan had charge of booking the bands. Every Friday night a great dance was held, we had the greatest of show bands — to name a few — Maurice Mulcahy, Denis Allen, Gina, Dale Hayes and the Champions, Tommy Brennan, Sean O’Dowd, Brendan Shine and many more too numerous to mention.

These dances were a wonderful success with a packed house every week, eve ryone had a good time and really enjoyed themselves, of course there was no alcohol served there, but Mrs. Hannah O’Carroll and her daughter Josie along with her son Larry served minerals and lovely buns (home made) in the supper room.

The dancing went back along way before this committee as there were fine dances like the Creamery dance, the Teachers dance, the Farmers dance and of course the Ceili on the I 7th of March and the 6th of January which was the big G.A.A. night.
Our main income was from the dances, which used to bring in more than £2,000, other clubs rented the hall and brought in £600. The annual carnival would give us around £400. We ran a 45-card game on every Monday night and on one particular night; we had sixty-six tables, card drive income was £700 in 1975.
The hall took a down turn then when the Majestic ball room, the Olympic and disco clubs opened up. I came across a statement lately, it was for the 05/04/1978, and there was a balance of £6,093.83 credit in the bank.
I’m glad to have been part of that committee, many of whom have gone to their eternal reward.”
Ar dheis De go raibh a n-anamnacha dilse.
P. S. “Many a boy and girl met their future partners in the hall in Dromcollogher.” In formation Supplied by Gerry Egan
Pictured above in 1929
Bernard O’DonneH, Patrick Long, D. D. O’Halloran, Daniel OCallaghanBiographical Details
Dr Jeremiah Newman
Bishop of Limerick
(31 March 1926 -. 3 April 1995)
31 March
18 June 1950
1 October
10 July 1951
October 1951
13 October

October 1968

March 1969
24 May 1974
14 July 1974
3Apr11 1995
7Apr11 1995
Born in Dromcolloqher, Co. Limerick
Dromcollogher National School
St Mary’s Secondary School, Dromcollogher
St Munchin’s College, Limerick
Ordained in Maynooth
Attended the Catholic University of Louvain to read
Awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy with great
Attended University College Oxford to read
Appointed Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s
University, Belfast
Appointed Professor of Sociology at St Patrick’s
College Maynooth
Appointed Vice-President, St Patrick’s College
Appointed President, St Patrick’s College,
Appointed Domestic Prelate
Appointed Bishop of Limerick
Consecrated Bishop of Limerick by William
Cardinal Conway
Died at St John’s Hospital, Limerick

Interred in St John’s Cathedral, LimerickDr. Newman was by nature a student of philosophy, specialising in social philosophy and with particular emphasis on Church/State relations. His research, lectures and many publications earned for him international renown. He was gifted with a clear, sharp, logical mind allied with great mental powers of retention and recall and had a tremendous capacity for work. He was a man who had the courage of his convictions and was outspoken on many of the social and political issues of the day. It was not easy to score debating points against him. Loyalty to the teaching of the Church and to the mind of the Holy See was a top priority for him as Bishop of Limerick, his presence and influence were felt, not only in Limerick, but nationally. His statements on matters of Church and State made the headlines and got widespread attention.

Though he was kind and considerate in dealing with his priests, he was never what one might call an easy ‘push over’. His priests respected him for the way he treated them and for the confidence and trust he put in them. He had a pleasant sense of humour, was quick witted and a good conversationalist. These qualities enabled him to relate well with people. He showed the common touch, as could be witnessed by the ease with which he mingled among young and old, on the occasion of Confirmations. He was indeed much loved and appreciated. He was concerned for the welfare of the people throughout the County Limerick Region and displayed competent leadership on the relevant civil issues affecting this region.
As President of Maynooth College, he got an insight into University organisation which enabled him, as Bishop of Limerick, to make a positive contribution to the development of University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and third level education generally in Limerick. As manager and administrator of the affairs of the Diocese, he exercised his office effectively and decisively. Apart from the extensive building programme he carried out in the city, to cater for its expanding population, major building projects have been carried out in practically every parish in the Diocese over the past twenty-one years. Having due regard for the cost, he strove to give character and an aesthetic dimension to buildings and he always had a significant input in their design. The tasteful reconstruction of St John’s Cathedral bears its own testimony. This, together with the many fine new or restored churches and schools throughout the Diocese, will stand for many years to come as a fitting monument to his memory.

He has left behind a well-organised Diocese where the faith of the people is very much alive and pastoral policy in its many and varied aspects are clearly outlined in one of his recent publications, ‘Handbook for Diocesan Priests’. He managed carefully and skillfully the various funds and has consequently left the Diocese in a very sound financial condition.

Considering his heavy work load we all wondered where the Bishop found time to do research for his lectures and large volume of published work which he continued to produce.
Dr. Newman was a man of deep, firm faith which he expressed with great sincerity but never in a pretentious or sanctimonious manner. Fortified and assured by this faith, he looked to the future with courage and hope.
In any list of great Bishops of Limerick Diocese, the name of Dr. Jeremiah Newman would have to be among the first. His passing from us makes us feel as though a giant tree has fallen in the forest. A great scholar, a great community leader and above all a great Bishop has been taken from
Born Drumcollogher, Co. Limerick, 21 July 1942
Biographical Details
Educated: Drumcollogher NS; St Mary’s Secondary School Drumcollogher; University College Dublin and Institute of Public Administration
1966: Entered Department of Foreign Affairs as Third Secretary
1969: Third Secretary, Paris
1972: First Secretary, Paris
1975: First Secretary, Headquarters
1977: Counsellor, Headquarters (Economic Division)
1981: Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations, New York, and Alternate
Representative on the Security Council during Ireland’s first full membership of the Council, 1981-
1983: Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, New York.
1985: Counsellor, Headquarters (Development Cooperation Division and subsequently Political

1987: Minister Plenipotentiary (Assistant Secretary Rank) Irish Embassy, London.

1989: Assistant Secretary, Headquarters, in charge of Administration Division which, in addition to Personnel, Finance and General Management of the Department, included at the time Protocol and Consular Affairs, including Passport Services.
1992: Ambassador to Italy and concurrently Ambassador to Turkey, Malta and Libya as well as
Permanent Delegate to FAQ (Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations), IFAD1995: Ambassador to France and concurrently Permanent Representative to OECD
(Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) and Permanent Delegate to
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation)
2001: Promoted to Deputy Secretary Rank.
2001: Ambassador to Portugal and concurrently to Morocco.
2006: Retired from the Foreign Service. Agreed to become Vice-President of the Ireland Fund of France and to join the board of Ireland Literature Exchange (which promotes the publication of translations of Irish literature abroad) •xh,’
(International Fund for Agricultural Development) and the World Food Programme. PROFILE OF JOHN CREGAN T.D.
John was born at Church Street, Dromcollogher 1961. He was educated at St. Josephs Boys National School and St. Mary’s Secondary School, Dromcollogher. Married Patricia Breen in 1983 and have a family of two girls and one boy. Employed by Department of Post & Telegraphs in 1981, he continued in this employment (through changes to Telecom & Eircom) up to 1998 when he became a fulltime Public Representative as a member of Seanad Eireann following his success in a Seanad by Election held in June of that year.

John’s political career started back in the 1992 Local Elections when he successfully contested a vacancy created by the retirement of his late father Tom, to become a member of Limerick County Council. He was successfully reelected to Limerick County Council at the 1999 Local Elections and held his seat until the 2004 Elections when he had to step down as a member of the County Council because of legislation introduced which barred Oireachtas members from holding a dual mandate.

John was elected to Dáil Eireann in May of 2002 at his first attempt, becoming the first T.D. from Dromcollogher, heading the pole for his party in Limerick West with 10,883 first preference votes. Despite his full time role as a public representative, John has been and still remains an active member of many local organisations i.e., Drom-Broadford G.A.A. Club, Dromcollogher Community Council, Dromcollogher Voluntary Housing Association. During his political career John has derived tremendous satisfaction from being in a position to successfully influence the provision of substantial grant aid to many worthyprojects in his native parish of Dromcollogher and Broadford from both Government funding and locally from Limerick County Council and indeed the Mid Western Health Board (HSE).
Having been nominated once again by the Fianna Fail party, John is looking forward to the challenge of successfully contesting the next General Election and if re-elected he looks forward very much to serving his constituents in Limerick West in future years.
“Dromcollogher is a Community of one thousand people, on the edge of the Golden Vale and in the heartland of rural Munster. It is the home of the first cooperative creamery in Ireland, a fact the locals are proud. It’s praised in a song, “Dromcollogher” by Percy French that has become the anthem for the area”.

“So it is typical in this backdrop you would find the likes of Seam us Stack. Throughout his up-bringing Seam us was aware of the importance of Community he lived in. Seamus was born in Ross, Dromcollogher and can trace his forebears back for many generations in the parish of Dromcoiogher. Seamus received his primary education locally, and pursued his second level education in the De La Salle College, Waterford where he sat his leaving certificate in 1963. On his return from college, he got involved with the local Muintir Na Tire. At the time the Muintir Na Tire were toying with the idea of setting up a local Cooperative Mart and Seamus was instrumental in the eventual creation of Dromcollogher Co-op mart. The setting up of the co-op had great impact on the financial and social life of Dromcollogher and District. He was employed as the co-ops’ first secretary and the job entailed work far beyond just the day-to-day administration. Seamus continued in his role in the Co-op for seven years where he received the princely sum of1O a week’

Seamus returned to full-time farming in 1975 and he married Frances Kennedy from Bruff who was a nurse in St. John’s Hospital, Limerick. The couple have one son Richard.
Having extended his holdings Seamus now farms in Dromcollogher and Feenagh. Having attained his holdings in Feenagh, he made available a site to the community for a cemetery and a Gaelic field, which fulfilled a long standing need in the parish.
Seamus was concerned at the way the times were changing and more young people were leaving the countryside to move to jobs in the larger town and cities. To change the trend Seamus with the newly formed Dromcollogher Community Council sought out business and encouraged them to set up in DromcoIlogher. One such business, from Germany was the Dresden Porcelain, which nowadays is a thriving business another was Form Grinders.
Dromcollogher as well as losing its young was finding that it had an increasing population of elderly. Seam us again assisted the Community Council in setting about trying to cater for this age group, their most ambitious project to date. Mth the help of a local committee, Seam us spearheaded the fundraising, planning and building of the centre. From this came the building of fourteen sheltered houses and the creation of the Dromcollogher & District Day Care Centre. Today Seam us is still deeply involved with the Sisters the Infant Jesus in the day-to-day running of the centre.

These projects have brought him face to face with government departments and various statutory bodies negotiating funding for the running of all these services in the community.

Dromcollogher Community Council with Seamus Stack as its prime mover, were the overall winners of the A.I.B. National Awards scheme, beating 330 entries from the entire country in the Community/Enterprise Section.

Seamus is a full time farmer but he has always had time for community work. An indicator of this is the summary of work, listed below, that he has been involved with over the past eight years”.

- Restoration of Ireland’s first Co-Op Creamery as the National Dairy Co-Op Museum.

,- Heritage Centre based on the Co-op movement and The Creamery store, with lecture room and coffee shop. Under the management of Drom Cot Choille Ic Cheile, of which Seam us is Chairman, the Heritage Centre now holds a full time Fas course in In formation Technology and Communications.

.- At the moment there are fifty-five houses built with planning permission granted for a further twenty, both sheltered and Building of Family Housing.

.- Completed with another ten in the pipeline.

Drom and District Day Care Centre caters for nine parishes, and has been a great boon to the elderly of the region. The centre provides a three course lunch with entertainment. The centre provides free transport run by a voluntary group of drivers.

- 1996 The establishment of two Industries in which Seamus played a key role.

a) Joe Quald Furniture employing ten people.

b) Drum Furniture - mostly for the American market.

- Provisions of land for Organic Horticultural Course. The first Post Leaving Certificate course of its type in the country.

- On the board of Sponsors of the Fas

‘- Introduced the Sisters of the Infant Jesus to Dromcollogher to run the Day Care Centre and the Sisters of St. Joseph to manage the Respite Care Centre.

.‘- Seamus has helped, with guidance and support in the creation of a local

Playgroup, which has been very popular with the young families of the area.

.- Seamus has a long association with Bothar, and along with the teachers and pupils of Dromcollogher National School has contributed twenty-five heifers for distribution for people in third world countries.
“These achievements are the result of dedication and hard work and because of his outstanding contribution to the local community Seamus is a truly worthy recipient of the People of the YearAward, which he won in 1997.”


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