Drinagh Co-op works as one team to develop our talents and maintain an environment of open and honest communications across the business.
Board of Directors
The board of directors confers with members and customers to set the future direction for Drinagh Co-Operative Ltd.
Michael John O'Donovan
Drinagh's management team delivers efficient and comprehensive service that keeps with our core ethos of value, teamwork and trust.
Joe has been Chief Executive of Drinagh since 1990. He previously worked with Tipperary Co-op and the IAWS Ltd. He holds a Dairy & Food Science degree and a MBA from University College Cork, as well as a diploma in Corporate Direction.
He is one of Drinagh’s representatives on the board of Carbery Creameries Ltd.
Assistant Chief Executive / Dairy Manager
Seamus joined the company in 1989 as an Agricultural Advisor after graduating from U.C.D. with a B. Agr. Science degree. He was appointed Mill Manager in 1996 and appointed Dairy Manager in 2000. He has been Assistant Chief Executive since 2007.
Seamus is responsible for all aspects of the creamery division including milk assembly and milk quality.
Gavin joined Drinagh Co-op in 2006 and is responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the finance department, ensuring it is organised and efficient, produces accurate financial and management information, and operates appropriate systems and controls in managing co-op resources.
Michael has been recently appointed as Trading Manager. He previously held the position of Purchasing manager from 2007 to 2018 and Manager of Skibbereen Hardware from 1993 to 2007. Michael is responsible for overseeing the agri business and retail divisions of the co-op.
The retail aspect of Drinagh’s business has c160 employees and provides a diverse product range including feed, fertilizer, farm inputs, building materials, hardware, paint, gardening, electrical, and groceries.
Donal joined Drinagh Co-op in 1996 as an Agricultural Advisor / Sales Rep after graduating from UCD. In 2001 he was appointed The Feed Mill Manager and he is responsible for overseeing the operations of the entire feed manufacturing and delivery process of Drinagh Mill. He ensures compliance to all department and regulatory quality issues.
Denis joined the stores division of Drinagh in 1982. He was appointed manager of Skibbereen Hardware in 2007 and Purchasing manager in 2018.
He has responsibility for the efficient purchasing for the hardware division, ensuring that Drinagh has a range of quality products at competitive prices for our customers.
Ann is responsible for organizing and supervising all of the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the office.
Eileen is responsible for liasing with branches and customers to maintain and reconcile customer accounts.
Richard joined Drinagh’s sales team in 2007, having spent the previous ten years working in the stores sector of the co-op. Richard comes from a dairy and beef farm in Kealkil, West Cork, where he still manages the dairy herd. Because of his background he has first hand experience with farming and what is required to sustain a healthy herd.
Richard has developed a large and loyal customer base over the years and is always available to discuss Drinagh’s range of feed, fertilizer, grass seed, veterinary and building materials etc., and offers advice and competitive pricing to new and existing customers.
David Shiels joined Drinagh in 2012 following the takeover of GW Biggs & J Lyons & Co, having spent 16 years in their sales and marketing division.
David has built up a large customer base and many friends in the entire West Cork and South Kerry area.
David prides himself on having a good working relationship with all of his customers and a good understanding of their requirements therefore ensuring he can provide a quality service at competitive prices.
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