Enthusiastic promoter of Co-op ideals
Published 27/03/2013 | 05:36
The late David Kerins
1923 – 2012
THE DEATH has occurred recently of David Kerins of Cahir Co. Tipperary and late of the Kerries, Tralee.
Born in 1923 to parents Michael and Catherine Kerins (nee O'Donoghue), the eldest of a family of eleven - six boys and five girls. In 1931 his sister May, aged 4 years, tragically died in a farm fire.
A graduate in Dairy Science from UCC he was amongst the first trained managers that adopted a professional approach to all aspects of Co-Op management. He was fortunate to have as his chairman P J Meagher and a very enlightened committee who gave him every support in his endeavours.
Outrath Co-op thrived under his direction. He was the first to start a creamery general store, followed by a grain drying facility. He was an enthusiastic promoter of the Co-op ideals and was actively involved in the setting up of the Cahir Co-op Mart and the Glen of Aherlow Pig Producers Co-op.
He was the first to promote Dairygold as the first and best butter spread which won an Oscar at the Paris International Food show against the best in Europe in 1986. He was one of the true pioneers on the modern dairy industry.
David was always an active supporter of Kerry and all things from the Kingdom and Kerins O'Rahillys in Tralee. His three brothers Micheal, Joe and Dermot won three County Championships in 1953, 1954, 1957 with Kerins O'Rahillys.
Married to Brenda (Quinn) from Burtonport in Donegal, they had a family of six children - Michael, David, John and Brendan, Margaret and Maura. He is survived by his brothers Micheal, Seamus (Cork), Joe and Dermot (Kenmare) and his sisters Hanna Mary, Phil (Caherciveen) and Margaret (Offaly).
He was pre-deceased by his wife Brenda, his sister Eileen (O'Riordan) and brother Timmy.