Littleton Creamery was born in 1900
Littleton Creamery Died in May 2008
The "Littleton Creamery" building was a dwelling house before it was converted to a creamery.
The earliest known occupant was a man named Walshe who died in the house. The next occupant, before it was converted to a creamery was a one Mr.Revington. He had left the house for some time before the conversion
The history of littleton Branch (established in 1900 ) has always been closely
Linked with that of Centenary.
Tipperary was a hot-bed of activity during the war of Independence ( 1919-1922 ) If the Tipperary Brigade created it’s own niche in the history of the period, it has got to be remembered that the price paid in reprisals by the Black and Tans were very high. Branches of Centenary Co-op in Littleton and Loughmore went up in flames while a number of other creameries suffered the same fate.
In August 1921 District Inspector Wilson was shot dead in Templemore’s main street within a few yards of the police barracks. It brought a swift and ruthless response.
The Town Hall was burned down and the town itself almost wrecked. As bullets swept
the streets civilians fled to places of safety.The creameries in Loughmore, Cashleiney, Killea and Templetuohy were said to have also been destroyed.
When the I.R.A. captured the arms from the RIC Barracks in Littleton, the creamery there was destroyed as a reprisal. It was a day and night of terror for the villagers. Ned Gorman had a little shop and he was accustomed to going up to the creamery to collect cheese to sell across the counter. He took his courage—and his life—in his hands as he ran
the gauntlet on this occasion.
“Who goes there?” shouted one of the military. “O’Gorman “ came the response.
“ If you come again you’ll be Gorman no more”
The Black and Tans recognised that the local creameries were an easy target to
Get their message across. It has been estimated that nation-wide over sixty co-operative societies ( mostly creameries ) were partially or totally destroyed.
The late Philip English was manager of the Littleton branch for close on fifty years.
His wife Eileen taught in Littleton school for almost 40 years.
She taught me when I started in 1947. Jim Leahy was manager in Littleton for 17 years.
Littleton Creamery was destroyed as a reprisal during the War of Independence in October 31st 1920. The workers there at the time got 4 weeks wages.
In 1920 Miss H. Ryan was employed as cheese maker along with two apprentices , Miss Brien, Ballydavid and Miss Moloney Graigue.
By may 1921 the creamery was again able to receive suppliers. The cost to repair the creamery after the burning was Ł2,315.0.0.
The evening before the creamery opened, three men met in the local pub. (Maher Bready's)
They were D Delaney, William Dwyer and John Maher (Big Jack).
Each one bet that he would be the first to take milk to Littleton Creamery.
John didn't go to bed at all that night. He milked the cows at 4am
and was the first in the creamery at 5am.
No 1.on the books. John Maher , ( Now Mooney's)
Parkstown , Horse & Jockey
Delaney No 5
Creamery Book from 1983
In 1971 there was a special presentation to D. Bannon Littleton who had
worked for nearly 50 years in the littleton branch,
as did his father before him.
The Creamery in good health
The retired creamery
with news of its death in the air.
The beginning of the end
G O I N G
G O N E
A sad day for Littleton, but things must move on.
Jimmy Power, Tom Bourke and Willie Kearney
watching the demolotion
H O M E