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Connollys Organic Egg Farm.

The Ambassador was then taken to John Joe Connolly’s Organic Egg Farm and plant at Carrickroe. This was another very interesting and enjoyable visit for the Ambassador. On arrival he was greeted by John Joe and Veronica, and their sons and also by Rosie, John Joe’s mother. After the initial introductions John Joe gave the Ambassador the story of how Connolly Organic Eggs came to be. ‘John Joe and his wife Veronica started their egg production business in 1988 with 300 laying hens, and delivered the eggs produced to local retail outlets in County Monaghan. In 1999, using the experience gained in producing quality free range eggs, they saw that the future market direction was in organic egg production. The small family run and owned business has grown significantly over this period, and now employs 15 members of staff. Veronica and John Joe have 20 years experience with the management of hens in an egg production environment and pride themselves in being the very first organic egg producer and packer in the whole of Ireland’. What a good story and it is a prime example of entrepreneurship and ‘get up and go’ culture in Monaghan. The Connolly family is a hard-working family and are willing to do whatever it takes to make the business a success and they have done so. They impressed the Ambassador with their enthusiasm for the business and the knowledge they have acquired and the way they approach life. The tour of the plant and farm was very interesting and the Ambassador marvelled at the fact that so many successful businesses can be found in rural Ireland. With his own farming background Mr. Binns was very much at ease and at home on Connolly’s farm and was made extremely welcome by the Connolly family and workers. Well done to them and we wish them further success in the business.