Glenilen Farm: Award winning farmers in Cork
Alan & Valerie Kingston are the owners and creators of Glenilen Farm ltd, Drimoleague, Co. Cork.
Valerie Kingston, BSc. UCC Food Science & Technology 1991, worked in R&D in Dairygold Mitchelstown 1991-1995 followed by a post as Dairy advisor at dairy project in Burkina Faso West Africa, 1995-1997.
In 1997 Valerie married Alan,a traditional dairy farmer in West Cork, and began experimenting with milk products in the kitchen and selling produce at farmers markets, 1997 – 2002, leading to the creation of Glenilen Farm Ltd in 1996.
Alan and Valerie now manage the business situated on the family farm together with their management team.
They have won many awards: Ernst & young Entrepreneur of the year finalists 2012, Business & Finance ‘Enterprise of the year’ 2013, Georgina Campbell ‘Natural Food Award ‘ 2013, SFA National small Business Food & Drink Award 2011, Good Food Ireland ‘Producer of the Year’ award 2011.
Alan & Valerie have 3 children, aged 14, 12 & 9 (an extremely keen rugby player)
Tell us why your business should be on the front of the Leinster/Munster Jersey?
I sometimes wonder if Glenilen Farm cows graze at Thomond Park, after all they are such happy cows. Just like Munster Rugby they produce quality products filled with character and passion; a real crowd pleaser.
Thomond Park is steeped in tradition as is our family farm; for generations we worked as traditional dairy farmers, then circumstances forced us to become innovative and competitive; we now produce a range of dairy products for everybody to enjoy. We attribute our success to our steadfast belief of staying true to our roots and playing our own style of game, not following others.
The ethos of Munster rugby is pride in what you do and relishing the opportunity to be best in class; that same ethos is shared on Glenilen Farm and it would be a great honour for us and out 35 staff in West Cork to have the Glenilen Farm logo sitting proudly on the Munster jersey.
Ireland Tel: +353 (0) 28 31179
Co. Cork, Ireland.