The Piltown Co-Operative Agriculture and Dairy Society looks like it was well up and running in May of 1925 almost 100 years ago. The Co-Ops made a massive contribution to the development of rural Ireland and conditions for the people. One wonders what was happening that prompted them to commission this photograph from the Poole Studio?
Photographer: A. H. Poole
Collection: Poole Photographic Studio
Date:ca. 10 May 1925
NLI Ref: POOLEWP 3268
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
Moo View !! - goo.gl/maps/5Zg3uviWvhJMuRth8
1890-1910, says the NIAH
Disused according to the NIAH above, but here is the Kilkenny People announcing a holistic response!
In the catalogue, I see this buke published 2001 titled One hundred years of Piltown co-operative and its branches, which also suggests a 1900ish start date.
‘Great oaks from little acorns grow’ Just one of the many creameries that eventually formed Glanbia. Piltown was the only place in Ireland to see a battle fought in the War of the Roses. In the Battle of Piltown (1462) Thomas FitzGerald, 7th Earl of Desmond, on the side of the House of York, defeated the Butlers of Kilkenny, remember them from last week?, fighting for the House of Lancaster, resulting in more than 400 casualties for the Butlers. Local folklore claims that the battle was so violent that the local river ran red with blood, hence the names Pill River and Piltown (Baile an Phuill - Town of the blood) - Wikipedia
Poole took lots of pics of co-operatives, I see 29, plus more cabinets, groups and portraits commissioned by people giving co-op as their address.
That NIAH photo doesn’t look much like the current view, maps.app.goo.gl/tz9Qa4mFQVFAPEQj9?g_st=ic
hint as to start date: notice in the Evening News (Waterford) 31 Jan 1901
a report into the progress of the committee setting up the cooperative in the Kilkenny Moderator reported that they had purchased Mr Hawe's existing creamery, mill and dwelling house at Piltown. They had also purchased a suitable site at Mullinbeg for an auxiliary creamery to be worked in conjunction with the central creamery at Piltown. The timber may have been required for the Mullinbeg branch.
Almost forgot - 10 May 1925 was a Sunday. Which might explain the lack of activity.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] The Streetview from the R698 makes more sense, The building has been rebuilt alright. It now looks wider. firstname.lastname@example.org,-7.3235772,3a,51y,277.66h...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Yes, different now than in the 2004 NIAH survey.