END OF AN ERA – TOWN OF MONAGHAN CO-OP

11 September 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Established in 1901, one hundred and fourteen years ago, the name Town of Monaghan Co-op will soon disappear from our daily lives.

Town of Monaghan is one of the longest established co-ops in the country. Over the years it established a name nationwide for quality dairy products such as Champion Butter and Champion Milk as well as Mona and Champion yogurt. One of the largest employers in Monaghan, the Co-op took pride in supporting local events and charities.

With up to three hundred farms supplying Town of Monaghan Co-op and virtually every shop stocking their products, there was hardly a day went by that you wouldn’t come across the iconic name either verbally or physically.

Two names come to mind when discussing Town of Monaghan Co-op – John O’Donnell former Chief Executive and author of the history of the co-op “A Border Co-op – Town of Monaghan Centenary – 1901-2001” who had over fifty years’ service; and Vincent Gilhawley who took over as Chief Executive from John O’Donnell in 1985. Vincent continued to develop the Co-op and grew its business on both sides of the Border to one of the largest co-ops in Ulster. Not alone did these men develop and secure jobs in the locality but provided much needed support to local organisations through sponsorship.

To mark the end of the Town of Monaghan Co-op era and the change over on 1st September to the newly formed Lacpatrick Co-op, the current staff posed to mark the final curtain – Photo ©Rory Geary/The Northern Standard

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