East Cork cheese dairy receive €150,000 in funding

A Co Cork farmhouse cheese dairy has been allocated €150,000 in funding under the LEADER programme for a €300,000 construction project, writes Stephen Cadogan.

The money will go towards development of a specialised cheese dairy and purchase of equipment by Nora and Tom Dineen at Bó Rua Farm in Ballynoe, in East Cork.

Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring said last week: “The funding I am announcing today will enable the Dinneen family to scale up and commercialise their farmhouse cheese utilising their Montbeliarde cows, whose milk is used in traditional French cheese production.

“With the construction of the specialised cheese dairy, a range of premium handmade farmhouse cheeses will be produced from their dairy herd’s exceptional milk, while also using the highest standard of cheese production.

“I wish the Dinneen family well in this really exciting business venture and I look forward to seeing this business and the community of Ballynoe enjoy the full benefit of this investment.

“I’m delighted to provide the funding from my department which will get it over the line.”

The project was selected for funding by the North Cork Local Action Group.

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