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THE KERRYGOLD® DIFFERENCE

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ALL THINGS NICE

Join baker, Cathy McKenna on a trip to Mahon Farm to see how her favourite grass-fed butter is made.

Thomas Mahon

DAIRY FARMER

The Mahon family farm is positioned on the West coast of Ireland between Galway Bay and The Burren. Thomas handed the farm down to his son, Eanna as his father handed it down to him. The tradition of small, family-run dairy farming in Ireland is fundamental to the community.

Cathy McKenna

BAKER

Cathy is an up-and-coming baker living in Monaghan. As a lifelong baker, her secret ingredient for the most delicious apple crumble is Kerrygold grass-fed butter. The unmistakable taste of Kerrygold makes her baked goods a must try.

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REWARDING PASSION

Follow Patrick Wall on his visit to the 2018 NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Award winning McKenna farm, showcasing the reality of an award winning dairy farm.

Darran McKenna

5TH GEN. DAIRY FARMER

Darran is a fifth generation Kerrygold dairy farmer. In 2018, his farm won the most prestigious award in Irish farming, the NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards. Darran’s sustainable farming practices ensure his cows have lush, green grass to graze on nearly all year round.

Patrick Wall

MILK AWARDS JUDGE

Patrick is a world-renowned expert in food safety and member of the European Food Safety Authority. His experience spans from academia, serving on the 2008 Beijing Olympics committee on food safety controls and judging Ireland’s NDC & Kerrygold Quality Milk Awards for the past thirteen years.

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MAKING THE GRADE

The world-renowned cheese grader, Enda Howley gives farmer Aiden McCarthy a masterclass in the Kerrygold cheese selection process.

Aiden McCarthy

DAIRY FARMER

As a Kerrygold farmer and a father, Aiden is teaching his children the importance of caring for the land and the animals. He is passionate about growing the highest quality grass to nourish his cows the natural way and hopes to pass down the West Cork farm to his children one day.

Enda Hurley

MASTER CHEESEGRADER

Enda is Kerrygold’s Master Cheese Grader, responsible for selecting only the finest cheeses to carry the Kerrygold name. His work has earned him recognition in his field and allowed him to judge at international cheese competitions including the World Cheese Awards and the World Championship Cheese Contest.

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STRONG ROOTS

From farm to table, Paul cooks up brown butter ravioli using Kerrygold butter made from the grass-fed milk from the Keane family farm.

Vanessa O’Connor

DAIRY FARMER

Vanessa is a Kerrygold farmer and mother of two. Under her leadership, Vanessa has built a best in class dairy farm, ensuring her herd receives excellent care and the land is well tended to. Her hard work and dedication results in the rich taste of Kerrygold.

Gerry Coonan

BUTTER PROCUREMENT AT KERRYGOLD

Gerry is the retail butter procurement manager for Kerrygold, responsible for shipping Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter around the world. Having worked with Kerrygold for over 40 years, his commitment allows our 14,000 co-op members to focus on producing excellent grass-fed milk while he handles the logistics of sharing it with the rest of the world.

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PLACE AT THE TABLE

Gerry and Vanessa share a cup of tea and discuss what Irish hospitality means to them. Hint: Butter is a staple.

Padraig Keane

DAIRY FARMER

After taking on the family farm at the age of twenty-two, Padraig has worked to ensure the land is well cared for for future generations. Having learned dairy farming from his father, Padraig also incorporates technology to ensure the farm is operating at its’ peak and the animals are healthy.

Paul Flynn

CHEF

Paul is a top Irish chef and owner of The Tannery in co. Dungarvan. Along with his restaurant, he also runs a cooking school teaching people from all over the world how to cook great food. One “fundamental” in Paul’s cooking is rich and creamy Kerrygold grass-fed butter.