About the Butter Museum

Directors

Mr David Bird (Chairman), Ms Margaret Moran, Pat Dawson, Dr Liam Downey, Prof Michael Dowling, Paddy O’Flynn, Dr Colin Rynne, Prof Chris Synnott

David Bird farms in Cobh, Co. Cork. He is a former member of the Diocesan Synod of the diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, a member of the Board of Management of Cobh Community Hospital, a former chairman of Fota House Trust and, on two occasions, Chairman of the Cobh Urban District Council. Mr Bird joined the Board in March 2007.

Ms Margaret Moran is an independent public relations consultant. She was formerly Corporate Communications Manager for the Irish Dairy Board. Ms Moran joined the Board of the Cork Butter Museum in March 2012.

Pat Dawson was a member of Cork Corporation from 1979 to 1985. He has had a long time interest in the arts and was a member of the Arts Council between 1981 and 1986. He has served on the Boards of the Cork Arts Theatre, the Cork Opera House and the Firkin Crane and was a founding director of Cork City Opera. He has been on the Board of the Cork Butter Museum since it foundation.

Dr Liam Downey is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Agriculture, University College, Dublin and has published extensively on agricultural history. He was formerly Chief Executive Officer of An Foras Forbartha, the director of ACOT and Director of Teagasc. Dr Downey joined the Board in March 2007.

Prof Michael Dowling is the chairman of the Kerry Group. A former secretary general of the Department of Agriculture, he was subsequently head of agricultural strategy with AIB. He is as board member of the Agricultural Trust, Irish Distillers, the Cork University Foundation and the Fairyhouse Club. Professor Dowling joined the Board in November 2000.

Paddy O’Flynn joined Carbery Milk Products on graduation from UCC in 1967. Since then he has held a number of senior management positions in the food and drink industry in Ireland,UK and US.
On retirement he obtained an MA degree in Local History from UCC and continues to research and publish in this area. He joined the Board of the Cork Butter Museum in 2015.

Dr Colin Rynne is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaelology in University, College, Cork. He has published extensively on the commercial and industrial history of Cork, including At the sign of the cow: the Cork Butter Market 1769-1924 (1998) and The industrial archaeology of Cork city and its environs (1999). He was also an editor of the multi-disciplinary volume titled The Heritage of Ireland (2000). Dr Rynne joined the Board in April 2004.

Prof Chris Synnott is the Emeritus Professor of Food Engineering, University College, Cork. He is a member of the Board of Management of Scoil an Spioraid Naomh, Bishopstown, Cork. Since his retirement, he has been active in local history. Professor Synnott has been a director of the Cork Butter Museum Limited since its establishment in 1996.

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Opening hours

March to October:
Daily, 10:00am—5:00pm.
(July & August 10:00am—6:00pm)
November to February:
Sat & Sun, 11:00am—3:30pm.
Winter Weekends supported by Kerrygold.
Group tours & off-season visits by prior arrangement.

Tel: +353 21 4300 600

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