Cheese makers


Helen Finnegan- Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese

After making her first batch of Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese experimenting in her kitchen on her farm in Stoneyford Co Kilkenny in 2004, Helen left her job as a community enterprise officer and began making cheese full time with some help from cheesemaker (and pastry chef) Edel Foley. 11 years later Helen is one of Ireland’s most decorated cheese makers with Knockdrinna Cheese now having a range of goat, sheep and cows cheese with over 40 international awards. All this comes together for the development of The Little Milk Companiy’s organic cow’s milk cheeses, our Brie and Brewers Gold and cows milk Salad Cheese as well as many other new products are created and produced by Helen in Knockdrinna!

Eamonn Lonergan- Knockanore Co Waterford

In the early 1980s Eamonn set up his cheese company with the support of his parents Ned & Mai, sister Beatrice and Husband David on their dairy farm. Now nearly two decades later with the help of his wife Patricia and their children Aisling, Orla, Lisa, Edward & Joanne, their cheese is sold all over the world. Its extensive experience in cheddar making, Eamon brings to The Little Milk Company, where he uses our 100% organic milk to produce our creamy full flavoured Mature and crumbly Vintage Cheddars.

Sean, Kevin and Tommy - The Cheese Hub Drumshambo Co Leitrim

The Cheese Hub is based at the Food Hub, Drumshambo, Co Leitrim. The business was established in 2012 to provide an artisan contract cheese ripening and maturing service to the expanding farmhouse cheese market in Ireland. Here The Little Milk Company’s Mild, Mature and Vintage cheddar is aged, turned, cut packaged and dispatched from here by Sean, Kevin and Tommy. Sean, an affinier (a cheese ager) uses his extensive skills and knowledge to age and turn our Little Milk Company cheese to perfection, while Kevin ensures packing, labels and distribution are always correct and on time.

Nicholas Dunne, Killowen Co Wexford

The Dunnes have been farming in the parish of Courtnacuddy for nine generations and there is nothing they don’t know about dairying. The family has always been involved in food and even today grow and produce as much as possible at home on the farm. Killowen Farm is run by 3 generations of the Dunne Family. Nicholas and his wife Judith, along with sisters Pauline, Mary and Michelle all help produce and distribute their own delicious yoghurt and The Little Milk Company Organic Cream Cheese, which they so wonderfully make and pot for us in their plant in Co Wexford!

Carrigbryne Farmhouse Cheese

Paddy Berridge's love of cheese began when he was a boy in Ireland, learning how to make blue cheese at home with his mother. Years later, keen to build on his early experiences, Paddy travelled to Normandy to work with a cheese producer famous for his Camembert. There, Paddy learned the skills necessary to produce his own cheese and ignited a lifelong passion. In 1982, the Carrigbyrne dairy farm was passed on to him by his father. That year, with the knowledge and experience gained in France, he set up Carrigbyrne Farmhouse Cheese. Within twelve months, he and his wife Julie produced their first award-winning brie. This marked the beginning of something special. Today, over 30 years later, Paddy and Julie still run the dairy farm on the outskirts of Adamstown, a village in Co. Wexford, where they continue to win numerous awards and perfect the craft of artisan cheese production. The Little Milk Company are lucky enough to have Paddy making our award winning Brie with our organic milk in his plant in Carrigbyrne.

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