Minister Paschal Donohoe, took great interest in the three businesses showcased at this year’s President’s Lunch.
The Minister took time out to engage and chat with the business owners on an individual basis and to have the craic with Sean Torpey, as he tried his hand at balancing a sliothar on one of Torpey’s Bambu hurleys.
Introducing the three Businesses
Ennis-based Wix and Wax, who manufacture scented candles. They were represented by founders Danielle Kenneally and Chantell Keane. Founded during the height of Covid , this young business has grown from strength to strength, recently extending its floor space at it base in Centrepoint Business Park Ennis and taking on additional staff.
Torpey , a second generation business based in Belvoir Sixmilebridge, needs no introduction to the hurling fraternity of County Clare and further afield. Started by his father John, Sean Torpey has brought his own vision to the business, with a keen eye on sustainability.
Western Herd Brewing, operated by Maeve Sheridan and her brother Michael Eustace, this craft beer business has been quietly but surely growing a national base, leveraging the many awards and accolades it has won in recent years. Based in Kilmaley, Maeve and Michael represent the 8th generation of the Eustace family operating on the family farm. They converted the ‘dairy’ to a brewery and will shortly open a ‘Meet the Maker’ visitor experience.