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
On behalf of – Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF) It is with great sadness that we tell you of the passing of one of our founders of the IGBF – Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund Mr Tim Nolan. So many of us from around the Grocery Trade have had the pleasure of meeting Tim at many events, most notably the infamous Grocers Christmas lunch that Tim loved so much. Tim founded the IGBF in the early 1960’s with the late Gerry Duffy and over the years this fund has provided enormous assistance to help relieve hardship amongst all employed, unemployed and retired members of the retail industry and beyond, who have fallen on difficult times because of ill health or bereavement. We know that both Tim and Gerry will be looking down and willing us all to continue their great work, particularly in these very challenging and troubled times. Rest in Peace Tim.
The Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF), founded in the early 1960’s, by Mr. Tim Nolan ( recently deceased ) 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 60 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 181 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.
…AND WHY THE CAMEL?
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 into the form shown here which is introduced in September 2013.
|1969||Fergal Quinn||1970||Pat Quinn|
|1971||John Quinn||1972||Bruce Carswell|
|1973||Colm Lyons||1974||John Roe|
|1975||Frank Dunne||1976||Tom Fitzpatrick|
|1977||Tom Fitzpatrick||1978||Mike Campbell|
|1979||Hugh Mc Keown||1980||Hugh Mc Keown|
|1981||David Tyndall||1982||Joe Lane|
|1983||Brendan Rooney||1984||Richard Smyth|
|1985||David O’Connell||1986||John P O’Reilly|
|1987||Charles A Walshe||1988||Norman Kilroy|
|1989||Jim Bradley||1990||Michael Shannon|
|1991||Ian Leask||1992||Jim Bradley|
|1993||Ray Burke||1994||Ray Burke|
|1995||James Holahan||1996||Henry Howard|
|1997||Canice Kelly||1998||Fergus Mc Kenna|
|1999||Seamus Scally||2000||Michael Keyes|
|2001||Leo Crawford||2002||Dick Reeves|
|2003||Ray Bates||2004||Noel Ryan|
|2005||Colin Gordon||2006||Paddy Mc Garry|
|2007||Frank Coghlan||2008||Joe Keane|
|2009||Tony Keohane||2010||Donald Williamson|
|2011||Jim Barry||2012||Derek Mooney|
|2013||Leonard Hegarty||2014||Willie O’Byrne|
|2015||Noel Keeley||2016||Neil Finlayson|
|2017||Conor Kilduff||2018||John Moane|
|2019||Kari Daniels||2020/1||Sharon Buckley|
|2022||Kevin Keating||2023||Joe Manning|
OUR TRUSTEES & COMMITTEES
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:
|Paddy Mc Garry|
PRESIDENT OF APPEALS (2023)
The 2023 President of Appeals is Mr. Joe Manning, Commercial Director Tesco Ireland.
As the title suggests, raising much needed funds is the primary responsibility of this role.
OFFICERS OF THE FUND
|President of Appeals||Joe Manning|
|Vice Chair||Redmond Gavin|
|Honorary Treasurer||Fergal Mc Nulty|
|Honorary Secretary||Redmond Gavin|
|Damien Kieran||Supervalu Mount Merrion|
|Donal O’Shea||Jack Links Protein Snacks|
|Joe Wogan||BWG Foods UC|
|John Brennan||Tesco Ireland|
|Kevin Keating||Tennant & Ruttle|
|Lorraine Butler||CPM Ireland|
|Peter O’Connor||Stafford Lynch|
|Richard Boland||East Coast Bakehouse|
|Sharon Yourell Lawlor||Think Plan Do Consulting|
|Simon O’Connor||Britvic Ireland|
Chairman: Richard Boland
Company: East Coast Bakehouse, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Phone: +353 87 181 1954
North Leinster Region
Chairman: Peter O’Connor
Company: Stafford Lynch Ltd
Phone: +353 87 2355082
Chairman: Kevin Flynn
Company: Centra, Little Island, Co. Cork
Phone: +353 87 259 8797
All our committees see industry volunteers working together to support the work of the charity in assisting those members less fortunate than ourselves.
South East Region
Chairman: Gus O’ Gorman
Company: O’Gormans Supervalu, Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
Phone: +353 (0) 87 677 8843
Mid Western Region
Chairman: James Johnson
Company: Dunnes Stores, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary
Phone: +353 87 225 7492
Chairman: Brian Mc Neill
Company: Musgrave Ltd., Tuam Road, Co. Galway
Phone: +353 (0)85 7777 588
North Western Region
Chairman: Gearoid Surlis
Company: SuperValu Tubercurry, Co. Sligo
Phone: +353 (0)87 250 2284