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Farm Relief Services unveil expanded Roscrea facility

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Farm Relief Services unveil expanded Roscrea facility thumbnailManagement and members of the Board of FRS at the official opening of the new FRS Network offices at Derryvale.

ONE OF Roscrea's great business success stories added another chapter last week when Farm Relief Services unveiled an ultramodern expansion to their impressive facility in Derryvale.

Farm Relief Services (FRS) was first established in 1980 from a small office on Castle Street in Roscrea with just two members of staff, but has mushroomed into a national network of 20 offices and employs over 100 people who serve over 20,000 customers.

That massive growth has created the need for an extension to their headquarters, which they opened in 1993, and bears testimony to the business which has gone from strength to strength since relocating there 23 years ago.

Success in diversification over those years has led to FRS becoming the market leader have in five distinct divisions - farm services, fencing, training, recruitment and their potentially globally successful Herdwatch system, which was conceived by Roscrea staff member Fabien Peyaud.

The growth of FRS' business has benefited the Roscrea area, as FRS Network now employs over 100 staff in the area between the offices in Derryvale, Parkmore and Benamore, where their joint venture company Turas Nua is located.

The construction of the second building in Derryvale was overseen by Conack Construction Ltd, who have created a stunning building that is functional and future-proofed.

A large gathering of over 200 local farmers, members of Tipperary and Offaly County Council and employees of FRS attended the grand opening of the building last Friday, where former Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal, Matt Dempsey, gave a lengthy address which focused on the potential problems Brexit will present and how best Irish farmers can prepare for it.

Mr Dempsey, who works a successful intensive tillage and beef farm in county Kildare, said he has watched with great respect as FRS has grown into one of the most important agri companies on the island.

Francis Fitzgerald, Chairman of FRS and Matt Dempsey, Chairman of the Agricultural Trust, cut the red ribbon on the new building after the facility was blessed by Fr. Pat Treacy from the Catholic Church, Adrian Hewson and Jane Galbraith from the Church of Ireland and Shannon De Laureal from the Methodist Church.

CEO of FRS, Peter Byrne, who began the company working from his kitchen table, welcomed guests to the opening and gave a detailed history on how the company became established and went on to such success.

"Over all the years our core business has always been relief for farmers and a contract fencing service. We now cater for over 20,000 farmers in 26 counties and the company has an annual turnover of €30-35 million," Mr Byrne said.

Mr Byrne thanked Roscrea Golf Club, who worked with the company on creating space for the company to expand, land which was "crucial to this new build," he said.

"It is a great example of what can happen in the spirit of co-operation when two neighbouring organisations work together," he said.

"We are very proud of the entire building which we see as an investment in the future of FRS and all its connected companies," he added.

The new extension provides additional storage for equipment and tools, as well as a two storey office block to accommodate 40 members of the existing staff and new staff who will be employed in the future.

The FRS facility also now boasts a large courtyard and carpark, as well as a new canteen for staff and adds a very pleasing modern building to the Roscrea approach road from the Portlaoise direction.

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