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Lombardstown (Irish: Baile Lombaird) is a village seven miles from the town of Mallow in County Cork, Ireland. It takes its name from the Lombard family who came to Ireland from Lombardy in Northern Italy in the Middle Ages and became rich and prominent, with branches of the family in Waterford and Cork.
It has a Co-op and a post office. Its main employer is the mill. For generations many locals used to gather at this mill while waiting for their supply of flour to be dispatched. This gave these locals the opportunity to discuss the features and benefits of the flours as they waited for their flour to be processed and bagged. To this day the locals still use the popular saying ...' I baked that from the mill '... when discussing the fruits of their baking. The iced cherry bun is a favourite locally and beyond.
From 1912 the world-famous Irish tenor, John McCormack spent many summers in the area after he purchased a small cottage outside the village. McCormack became a regular face in the local train station as this was his mode of transport for his journey from Athlone to Lombardstown. It was very common for locals to gather outside McCormacks cottage to hear him practice his performances, diction and breath control. In 1918 Mccormack sold this cottage as he no longer had time to travel to Cork due to his singing commitments in the US, but he left with a huge fondness of the people.