ABP Rathkeale contributes €3.3bn to local economy over 30 years

Colm Dore, ABP General Manager


Colm Dore, ABP General Manager

Colm Dore and Jimmy White, ABP Rathkeale, and John O’Shea, Kildimo, at an ABP event in Nenagh marking 20 years of Irish Hereford beef

Colm Dore and Jimmy White, ABP Rathkeale, and John O’Shea, Kildimo, at an ABP event in Nenagh marking 20 years of Irish Hereford beef

ABP Rathkeale is one of the main bulwarks of the region – contributing €3.3 billion to the local economy over the last 30 years – helping to sustain communities and businesses in Limerick, Cork, Kerry and Clare.

ABP Rathkeale is celebrating 30 years as part of the ABP Food Group and it is time to take stock of the company’s achievements over the intervening years.

The numbers are impressive. ABP Rathkeale is one of the largest Irish owned employers in the region with 330 people employed at our Holycross site, directly supporting an additional 650 jobs in the region.

This is a total of 980 jobs, providing employment to people across a range of disciplines both in-house in Rathkeale and in companies that provide vital support services to the factory in Rathkeale.

While the factory supports almost 1,000 jobs directly and indirectly, ABP Rathkeale is probably more integrated in the community than any other enterprise in the region. We have 2,000 farm families, mainly from Limerick, Kerry, North Cork, and Clare, providing us with cattle that we process annually into beef products for export all over the world. 

Our product is supplied into many of the leading retailers and restaurants in Ireland and we also export to the UK, mainland Europe and into markets as far away as Canada and Japan.

The contribution to the local economy is worth over €110 million each year.

Let’s put that number in perspective: For the 30 years we have been part of ABP Food Group, ABP Rathkeale has in today’s values contributed €3 billion into the local economy.

ABP Rathkeale is a business that contributes so much to the local community and businesses, whether it is our farmers, supplier to our business, or the electrician or engineer that services our plant.

This is a 100% owned Irish business that sources its raw material and employees locally. The fact that we have people who have been working here for more that 40 years says so much about the business.

ABP Rathkeale is well integrated in the local community supporting numerous initiatives and sporting endeavours for the benefit of our neighbours.

West Limerick is our home and we are proud to be a vital part of such a vibrant community.

- Colm Dore is General Manager of ABP Rathkeale. A chartered accountant, the Waterford native has made his home in West Limerick