Late Tony Sherry was a man of real honour
Tony Sherry, pictured, of Lakelands, Naas, Co Kildare, who died recently aged 86, was prominent in Irish agri circles for several decades. Born on a small farm near Trim, he spent a couple of years training for priesthood before attending Pallaskenry Agricultural College in Limerick. His first post was as manager of Glenville Estate in Cork.
As an active Macra member he was centrally involved in the establishment of the NFA and became its first national organiser. He took part in the 1966 NFA march and the sit-in on Merrion Street.
He was secretary of Associated Livestock Marts and was also the first secretary of the Irish Charolais Cattle Society.
Tony was one of the first people to develop a live export trade for calves to Holland and Italy. His family also recalls rearing large numbers of calves on a farm he purchased at Kilcullen. These calves were destined for the continental veal trade. Unfortunately, the business was hit by bad debts from customers on the continent but in order to ensure that his Irish farmer suppliers got paid Tony Sherry sold his house and farm.