Who are we

We are an organisation that helps each other, within the Retail and Grocery Sector.



We embrace and are passionate in our quest to tackle the challenges which our colleagues face because we are motivated by the difference we can make to our colleague’s lives.

We are committed to the highest levels of ethics, respect, honesty, transparency, consistency and impartiality in dealings with all stakeholders.

We aspire to improve the lives of all colleagues in need.



Above all else, we are committed to the improvement in the lives of our colleagues in need.

Our mission is to enrich their lives by engaging with and involving as many colleagues as possible in raising much needed funds so as to meet such needs and maintain the long-term viability and sustainability of the Fund



The Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF), founded over 30 years ago, by Mr. Tim Nolan and the late Mr. Gerry Duffy is a national registered charity assisting people in the retail, wholesale and supplier trade sectors.

The objective of the fund is to provide financial relief for persons in need who have been involved in these trade sectors.

For over 30 years, enormous assistance has been provided to relieve hardship amongst  all employed, unemployed and retired members and their spouses, who have fallen on difficult times because of ill health or bereavement.

The charity currently assists nearly 250 families monthly and will contribute over €560,000 annually on welfare support. The breadth and depth of support is inclusive of annual annuities and crisis grants.

The Fund is a registered charity – No. 6577 and also a registered friendly society – No. 1775F; CRA No. 20012403.

Historically the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund has been a very successfully run welfare charity, supported by the leading companies in the retail, wholesale, food and drink and services industries.

All individuals, who due to difficult circumstances, find themselves in need of a helping hand, are considered for an IGBF Grant. This is managed through our strictly confidential Welfare process

The IGBF has also set about to build awareness within the industry and the charity world of its the work and encourages the industry to get involved to help find solutions to the hardship facing many former and current industry colleagues.




The camel is a the well known logo for the IGBF and has been associated with the food trade since the Middle Ages when it was first adopted as a symbol of the Company of Pepperers and Spicers in the thirteenth century. The laden camel symbolised spices being brought by camel train from the East for shipment to the countries of Western Europe.

When the Worshipful Company of Grocers was formed in the sixteenth century, they incorporated the Company of Pepperers and Spicers and adopted the camel as the surmounter of their arms. Later in the twentieth century, following an agreement with the Worshipful Company, the camel was adopted and always pointed in the opposite direction to that of the Pepperers and Spicers surmounter. Over the years, the camel has been stylised and gradually changed in to the form shown here which is introduced in September 2013.

1969Fergal Quinn1970Pat Quinn
1971John Quinn1972Bruce Carswell
1973Colm Lyons1974John Roe
1975Frank Dunne1976Tom Fitzpatrick
1977Tom Fitzpatrick1978Mike Campbell
1979Hugh Mc Keown1980Hugh Mc Keown
1981David Tyndall1982Joe Lane
1983Brendan Rooney1984Richard Smyth
1985David O’Connell1986John P O’Reilly
1987Charles A Walshe1988Norman Kilroy
1989Jim Bradley1990Michael Shannon
1991Ian Leask1992Jim Bradley
1993Ray Burke1994Ray Burke
1995James Holahan1996Henry Howard
1997Canice Kelly1998Fergus Mc Kenna
1999Seamus Scally2000Michael Keyes
2001Leo Crawford2002Dick Reeves
2003Ray Bates2004Noel Ryan
2005Colin Gordon2006Paddy Mc Garry
2007Frank Coghlan2008Joe Keane
2009Tony Keohane2010Donald Williamson
2011Jim Barry2012Derek Mooney
2013Leonard Hegarty2014Willie O’Byrne
2015Noel Keeley2016Neil Finlayson
2017Conor Kilduff2018John Moane
2019Kari Daniels



IGBF Trustees are responsible for compliance with our legal and statutory requirements and also the safe and effective running of the charity. Current Trustees are:

Anne O’Brien  
Jim Bradley +353 (0)1 280 3832
Paddy Mc Garry +353 (0)87 259 5178



The 2019 President of Appeals is Kari Daniels, CEO. Tesco Ireland. As the title suggests, raising much needed funds is the primary responsibility of this role.



President of Appeals Kari Daniels
Chairman Leonard Hegarty
Vice Chairman Frances Higgins
Honorary Treasurer Damien Kieran
Honorary Secretary Joe Grennan

Executive Secretary

Honorary President

Gus O’Reilly

Tim Nolan


Redmond Gavin Coman’s Wholesale
Eoin Kellett Mondelez Ireland
Conor Church  Mars Ireland
Paddy McGarry Trustee
 Kate Rumley  Birds Eye Ireland
Anne O’Brien Trustee
Donal O’Ciobhain Supervalu, Swords
Peter O’Connor Stafford Lynch Ltd.
Tom Shields Co. Wicklow
Joe Wogan BWG Foods 
Colin Kenny                                      
Kieran Conway  


Southern Region

Chairman: Kevin Flynn
Company: Centra Foodstore, Little Island, Cork

+353 87 2598797

North Leinster Region

Chairman: Peter O’Connor
Company: Stafford Lynch Ltd., Dublin 15

+353 87 235 5082

North Western Region

Chairman: Gearoid Surlis
Company: SuperValu Tubercurry

+353 (0)71 918 5096

Western Region

Chairman: Brian MacNeill
Company: Musgrave Ltd., Tuam Road, Galway

+353 (0)71 918 5096

Mid Western Region

Chairman: James Johnson
Company: Dunnes Stores, Tipperary Town

+353 (0)87 225 7492

Drogheda Region

Chairman: Donal O’Ciobhain
Company: Supervalu

+353 (0)86 397 1686

South East Region

Chairman: Joe Wogan
Company: BWG Foods UC

+353 87 290 8530

Greater Dublin Region

Chairman: Leonard Hegarty
Company: G&M Industrial Cleaning Products

+353 87 9676680

All our committees see industry volunteers working together to support the work of the charity in assisting those members less fortunate than ourselves.

Allied Irish Bank

Co. Dublin
+353 (0)1 288 5371

Grant Thornton