Minister of State Tom Hayes has launched a book celebrating the founding of Nenagh Creamery 100 years ago, Mid West Creameries 50 years ago, and their amalgamation in 2001 to form Arrabawn Co-operative Society.
Reflecting on what he described as a valuable historical record, thanking author Martin Ryan, Minister Hayes said: “In many ways this story chronicles the history not just of Arrabawn Co-op but of agriculture in Ireland and in Tipperary. The co-op movement and the dairy sector have an enduring legacy in which we take great pride. 100 years on we are facing another seminal moment for the Irish dairy sector. With the abolition of milk quotas and newly reformed Common Agriculture Policy as a backdrop, Irish farmers are facing new decisions and new challenges, but also tremendous opportunity.”