The Milk & Tea Well creamery research

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Did you work or knew someone who worked in a creamery in North Leitrim? Do you remember any stories in relation to the ‘milk carters’ or did you make butter in the area?

Did you work or knew someone who worked in a creamery in North Leitrim? Do you remember any stories in relation to the ‘milk carters’ or did you make butter in the area?

If you can answer any of these questions, then artist Pauline O’Connell who has been awarded a ‘research residency on The Milk Well and The Tea Well, wants to speak with you and hear your stories.

Pauline is a professional artist who works in social contexts - in rural situations, making links between places and memory.

Her aim here is to collect stories in relation to the creameries in and around North Leitrim, day to day stories about the activities, how the butter was made, methods of checking it’s cream content and so on, to create an audio repository (like an archive / collection) and to combine the recorded story with sculpture and text in an exhibition to be opened to the public on 25th July in The Leitrim Sculpture Centre. This will coinside with the Manorhamilton Agricultural Show.

Pauline is looking for information on creameries in Killasnett, Glencar, Mullaun, Kinlough, Glenboy, Rossinver, Lurganboy, Crevalea and Dromahair.

Stories about making butter at home, getting the milk ready for the ‘creamery carter’ to bring the milk, the important role of the creamery in the community and the changes due to their closures - all are welcome.

If you have any information you would like to share email Pauline at paulinefire@gmail.com or call: (083) 4441692, she is based in The Leitrim Sculpture Centre, New Line, Manorhamilton.