But now we've come together to deliver an even better service. A 21st century one! We're online because you are. We're keeping the beating heart of a local delivery service alive and we're injecting even more life into it with the help of some simple-to-use but pretty smart technology.
And we're partnered by quality brands you know and trust – Avonmore, Premier, CMP, Golden Vale, Snowcream and Kilmeaden.
Who We Are
We love birdsong, a good dawn and a happy customer.
We grew up, as you did, listening to the clink-clink of Granny's early morning milkman delivering those dewy bottles with the cream settling softly on top.
We fell in love with the morning mist there and then. These days however, with us delivering cartons on our rounds, the only sound you'll hear is the whisper of a blade of grass bending underfoot as we tiptoe your order down to your door.
We enjoy a whistle – but only ever on the way home.
A day in the life of a Milkman
By the time you wake up, we've done a day's work...
UP AT 2AMAn early start
The greatest milkman sin is to like a lie-in. It's all go once we begin so a good breakfast with the freshest of milk is important for us too.
COLLECT THE MILKLoad the van at the depot
Next we make a list, check it and then check it again! Extra cream for 22? Number 3 on holidays? Whatever your last minute changes are we have them to hand to make sure we get it right – down to the last drop.
3.30AM DELIVERIES BEGINMilk on doorstep time
While you're counting sheep we're delivering on your street. It really is dairy goodness to your door without you lifting a finger!
7AM FINISHAll in a day's work
Rounds complete we put up our feet. We get great satisfaction knowing we've helped make someone's morning go a little smoother.
BED TIMETime to get the heads down
It's hard to beat a great morning's sleep. Though you count sheep while we're at work, we're counting cows, cartons and creamy cheese when you're going about your day's business.
A little bit of HISTORY
The milkman has been around since man milked cows. For generations the only way to get your milk was from the dairy – there was no such thing as popping to the shops for an extra pint. Though you might have called to your neighbours with a jug and asked them “for an extra sup until tomorrow”.
From that day to this we've seen many changes and yet what we do remains pretty much the same. We deliver.
You might not remember the milk churn, but we do.
This was the height of transportation sophistication in its day. A churn was commonly known as a 'tilly' and back as early as the 1900's milk was delivered to every home across Ireland twice daily by a horse-drawn cart called a milk gig. In those days your order was poured straight from the churn into whatever jar, bottle or jug you had yourself.
Horse & Cart
Believe it or not, milk was delivered by horse and cart until the 1960s. People would have heard the clip clop of the horse, known the name of the horse, and some even allowed them to graze on the trees in their garden. But you can't stop progress; deliveries by horse and cart were replaced by the milk float.
Milk floats were the next big thing. Electric, and designed specifically for dairy deliveries, their top speed was a white-knuckle 25 miles an hour. The last bottle of milk was delivered on a milk float not so long ago - in 1994.
Ah who doesn't recall the morning music of the milk bottle – that distinctive clink-clink was as good as an alarm clock, not just for the neighbourhood, but the birds too. Those cheeky rascals never missed a chance to peck through the foil caps to get at the cream settled at the top. In time the milk bottle became a collector's item in its own right. You might recall – or even have - the Dublin Millennium Milk Bottle or the Celebratory ITALIA 90 bottle.
Now you're online and so are we, making this traditional service even easier by harnessing the power of today's technology. So today you can order and pay at any time of day, no matter where you are. Milk is never more than just a click away.