THE NATIONALIST | �� July ����
GLANBIA COUNTRYLIFE MONASTEREVIN 5OTH ANNIVERSARY
development of grain intake and drying storage facilities at the Monasterevin plant. In ���� it became one of the major grain handling branches in the region and was used for the storage of intervention grain. In that same year – the first of the New Millennium – Monasterevin Creamery was awarded the highly prestigious ISO Quality Mark for growing, dairy and dry stock farming as well as agricultural hardware.
2003 – Celebrating 40 Successful Years There were celebrations held in May ���� as the creamery celebrated �� years of successful trading. A very large crowd gathered at the branch in DJ Carey was guest Monasterevin on of honour at the Friday May � with ��th anniversary Special guest celebrations in ���� Kilkenny Hurler DJ Carey present on the day to celebrate the �� years in business.
2006 the opening of CountryLife
Shop opens to serve Farmers In ���� a shop was opened at the Monasterevin facility, providing a service supplying the hardware needs of local farmers and the following year the creamery’s involvement in grain intake
commenced. Peak grain intake was achieved at Monasterevin in ����, with over ��,��� tonnes of grain taken in according to records for that year. And the grain is
recorded as having been of a very high quality. In April of ���� there was a new extension to the Monasterevin creamery shop. A positive message from Jim Clifford, branch manager of the day went: “A dramatic increase in business has taken place in all areas. For the future we hope this business will increase still further and we look forward to continued support and co-operation from our shareholders and customers. Located in an extensive grain-growing area, Avonmore invested heavily in the
Then on July �, ���� there was further reason for celebration at Monasterevin with the opening of the revamped CountryLife Monasterevin Store. The new CountryLife store included a new Garden Centre, along with providing all the inputs and services needed for grain growing, dairy and dry stock farming as well as agricultural hardware. Country life today is a busy, vibrant branch and plays a big part in the local community of Monasterevin. CountryLife Monasterevin will continue to adapt to the needs of local customers the Monasterevin and surrounding areas. Helena Doherty, horticulturist at CountryLife Monasterevin commented on how “it’s great to see the integration of the farming, gardening and lifestyle aspects of Glanbia CountryLife Monasterevin come together.” The CountryLife Garden Centre was recently awarded three-star accreditation for the Garden Centre at the National Amenity Horticulture Quality Awards on March � ����.
Cutting the ribbon at the opening of the new CountryLife shop and garden centre in ����
John and Mrs. Hickey enjoying the ��th Anniversary celebrations in ����