Ah yes, the Comeragh mountains, those wondrous mountains that provide a natural border between our wonderful Tipperary neighbours and us occupants of the Gentle County. A playground for both adult and child alike, with lakes abounding and scenes astounding.
Heaven on Earth.
I spend a lot of time up there myself, especially at the lough called Coumshingaun (pronounced Come Shing Awn), the magical lake nestled on the East side of the range. Why? because a) it keeps me fit, b) it is beautiful, serene and untouched c) it is very calming, d) I can swim there (for a few months of the year at least). Add a sunny day, and a pint of bulmers and you couldn’t imagine a more heavenly retreat.
I posted a pic a couple of years ago of a Bulmers in a glass with ice, with the backdrop of the cliffs of Coumshingaun and it went wild on facebook, shared by Bulmers too. I enjoyed every drop of that beverage and have had many more up there since. I fact, I often leave a few hidden around up there so that I don’t have to carry them up each time.
This year has been epic in terms of the weather so I’ve been up there more often than not. The other day I was swimming in the lake and I stood on something strange in the lake. I dived to see what it was, it was a bottle. I brought it to the shore to bring down as rubbish and only when I got it in did I realise that it was actually a very old bottle of Magners.
I thought that Bulmers was always Bulmers in Ireland and that it’s exported name was Magners because of Bulmers in the UK, but it turns out that Magners was made in Clonmel since the 1930s and Bulmers bought shares in the company before the second world war and the reason it became Bulmers in Ireland was to piggy back the Bulmers branding in the UK as we received UK channels to our TVs here in Ireland.
According to Wikipedia:
“Commercial cider production was started in Clonmel, South Tipperary, Ireland in 1935, by local man William Magner. Magner bought the orchard from Mr Phelan from Clonmel. Magner quickly established a successful cider factory in Dowds Lane, Clonmel. In 1937 English cider-makers H. P. Bulmer purchased a 50% share in the business, using their expertise to greatly increase production. After the war in 1946, Bulmers purchased the remaining 50%, changing the name to Bulmers Ltd Clonmel.”
So it turns out that the bottle I found is probably from the period of 1935 to 1946, which is pretty cool. What is even cooler is that the tradition of drinking a bottle of cider manufactured across the mountains in Clonmel has been going on for well over 60 years.
I guess it was fate that this bottle found me.
Remember to drink sensibly.
If anyone has any further information about this bottle, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as I’d love to hear from you.