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1880 Munster Dairy School - Model Farm Cork
Dr. Tolborn, a member of the Cork Agricultural Society, proposed in 1880 that a dairy school should be established at the Munster Model Farm in Cork. The Board for National Education supported the proposal and the Munster Dairy School and Agricultural Institute was established and opened in 1880. This was the first dairy school in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It introduced a course (two 6-week terms) for the training of 'dairymaids' for farm butter-making.
1920 - 1929 The 1920's
1923 First Professor of Agriculture, University College Cork.
On March 27th 1923, Professor Connell Boyle was appointed by the Senate as Professor of Agriculture, UCC. At the same meeting Dr. M. Grimes was appointed as Lecturer in Agricultural Bacteriology.
1924 Report of the Drew Commission
April 11, 1924. The Report of the Drew Commission which was drawn up to advise the newly established Irish Free State Government made numerous recommendations on aspects of agriculture, including the establishment of a Department of Agriculture at University College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Galway and Trinity College Dublin.
1924 Announcement of Faculty of Agriculture in UCC
At the meeting of the Governing Body of UCC on October 10th 1924, UCC President Merriman announced that following discussions with Government Ministers and Officials of the Department of Agriculture that the Cork College was to be granted a full Faculty of Agriculture. While the minutes of the Governing Body Meeting recorded the title “Faculty of Agriculture” the term “Faculty of Dairy Science” was recorded twice in the margins of the minutes. (apparently there was some confusion at to what was on offer). Professor O'Rahilly who was Register at the time had made a major effort to get a Department/Faculty of Agriculture in UCC.
1924 1st intake of students on the Certificate in Creamery Management Course
On 1st October 1924 it was decided by the Government and UCC to transfer the Creamery Managers’ Course from the Royal College of Science of Ireland, Dublin (RCSI) to UCC. On October 3rd 1924, the Assistant Secretary, Department of Lands and Agriculture, H.G. Smith wrote to nine students who had been due to enter the second year of the Creamery Manager Course at the RCSI informing them that they were being transferred to UCC and that they should report there on October 14 T 10:00. They were requested to confirm which all of them did. There was an intake in 1924 of 13 students, 11 of whom graduated in 1926 and a further 11 in 1927.
1928 Laying of the Foundation Stone of the New Dairy Institute
Following much discussion the location of Fernhurst Avenue (now Donovans Road) was chosen as the location for the building of the New Dairy Institute. Work commenced on the building with the laying of the foundation stone by W.T. Cosgrave, President of the Irish Free State on July 20, 1928. The building was opened in 1931.
1928 First BSc (Dairying) graduate conferred
Jeremiah Doherty was the first graduate conferred with a BSc (Dairying) in 1928. Mr. Jeremiah Doherty (front row, second from left) with President Merriman and academic staff, 1928.
1930 - 1939 The 1930's
1930 Experimental Creamery commences operations
The UCC Experimental Creamery built as part of the Dairy Science Building commenced operation in April 1930. It was a semi-commercial operation with a capacity to process 20,000L milk per day. It purchased cream from the small co-operative creameries, Ballinhassig CDS, Carrigaline CDS and Imokilly CDS. And surplus milk from liquid milk producers in the Cork area. It made made retail sales of cheese and butter under its own brand, “University Band”.
1936 First Postgraduate Students
Postgraduate degrees in MSc (Dairying) and PhD were introduced at an early stage. First Postgraduate Students (seated l-r: Dr. A.J. Hennerty, Prof. Merriman, President, W. Finlay (MSc), (standing l-r: T. Neville (BSc Dairying), Prof. Grimes, M. O’Shea (MSc later Professor of Dairy Technology).
1940 - 1949 The 1940's
1946 First female BSc(Dairy Science) conferred
Ms. Elizabeth Fitzpatrick was the 1st female to graduate with a BSc in Dairy Science in 1946
1960 - 1969 The 1960's
1962 Major Expansion of the Dairy Science Programme
A major expansion of the Dairy Science Programme occurred in January 1962 with the appointment of lectureships in Dairy Technology, Dairy Accounting and Economics, Dairy and Food Microbiology, Dairy Engineering and Agriculture.
Photograph shows the Inaugural Meeting of Dairy Science Society, 1967. Front left to right: John Pearse, Leo Whtie, Professor Michael O'Shea, Professor Tom Raftery, Charlie Daly (Later Professor and Dean) Back left to right: Con O'Leary, Sean O'Donovan, Jack Murphy, Jerry Beechinor and Bernie Cahill.
1970 - 1979 The 1970's
1974 Introduction of Human Nutrition to the Dairy Science Programme
Human Nutrition was added to the BSc (Dairying) programme and subsequently in 1979 a joint honours degree in Food Chemistry and Nutrition was introduced.
Photograph: Professor P.A. Morrissey, Lecturer in Food Chemistry and first Professor of Nutrition, UCC
1977 Construction of New Food Science and Technology Building
A new site was chosen for the New Food Science and Technology Building at College Road. The site included four properties. La Retraite, Lapp’s Charity, a private house (Cudmore’s) and a poultry merchant’s yard which were purchased. The New Food Science and Technology Building was completed and occupied in 1979. The new building included extensive pilot plant facilities with equipment for Dairy, Meat and Cereal Technology.
1990 - 1999 The 1990's
1993 Expansion of the Food Science and Technology Building
Owing to lack of physical facilities the Food Science and Technology Building underwent a further expansion. The building was officially opened in 1993.
Photograph: Official Opening of the Food Science and Technology Building Left-Right: Albert Flynn, Dean, Bernard Allen, TD, Joe O’Callaghan, Lord Mayor of Cork. Niamh Breathnach, Minister for Education, Michael Mortell, President, UCC.
1998 Establishment of the Department of Food Science and Technology
During mid 1990's, President of UCC Michael Mortell, embarked on a rationalization programme throughout UCC. This included the amalgamation of Departments within the Faculty of Food Science and Technology. Following consultation the Departments of Food Chemistry, Food Technology, Nutrition and Agriculture agreed to amalgamate to form a Department of Food Science and Technology. This later became the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences and presently the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences with Professorships in Food Technology, Food Chemistry and Nutrition.