The lifelong personal contribution to the business of co-operation by Jim Maher has been recognised nationally by the Irish co-operative movement with their highest honour - the Plunkett Award for Co-operative Endeavour. Mr. Maher is the former Chairman of Centenary Thurles Co-operative, Board Member of Mid-Tipperary Co-operative Society Ltd and he is the founder of the highly successful Cooleeney Cheese business.
He received the award from the President of the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), Bertie O’Leary at a reception in Dublin. He was jointly nominated by the Centenary Thurles and Mid-Tipperary Co-operatives.
Mr Maher served as a Committee Member of Centenary Thurles Co-operative for over 30 years since first elected at its antecedent Centenary Co-operative in1980. In 1991, he was elected to the Board of Mid-Tipperary Co-operative Livestock Society. He has served both co-operatives with distinction throughout his long career.