Glanbia Ireland was present to celebrate the centenary s of the Shelburne Co-operative Society which was set up by farmers in the heart of Campile, Co Wexford.
During the 100 years, the Cooperative has overcome a WWII bombing, with the tragic loss of life of staff, the economic uncertainty of wartime, and a massive fire at the start of the harvest season in the ‘50s.
The store has also had a lot of time to embrace changing trends, with Glanbia reporting that it began trading in rabbits and poultry, but is now a ‘modern-day enterprise’.
Siobhán Talbot, Glanbia Group managing director, paid tribute to the work of the current staff and those that had gone before as the vision of the founding farmers in setting up the Co-op in 1919 was marked.
“The new book penned by Michael Walsh to celebrate the 100-years of the Shelburne Co-operative charts the ups and downs of the Co-op over the years and it gives a good glimpse into agricultural life in Ireland over the past decades,” Talbot said.
“It shows the innovation displayed by farmers and Co-op staff members as they overcame adversity and ensured the Co-op blossomed over the years into a strong modern day enterprise,” she continued.
Glanbia Ireland’s Jim Bergin, group chairman, and Martin Keane, a company board member, were also in attendance, as the ribbon was cut to officially open the refurbished and rebranded Campile Allcare Pharmacy.
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