Approved until 31 May 2020
Finnegan brothers Paul & Joe are 5th generation award winning farmers. Walking in their father Eddie’s footsteps they farm up to 3,000 acres of land annually. 500 acres of this is dedicated to their potato enterprise which supplies over 10,000 ton of fresh potatoes to a leading supermarket nationwide.
2,000 acres are dedicated to combinable crops i.e. winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley and oil seed rape. 500 acres of grassland feed their 150 beef suckler herd with another 40 acres dedicated to their brussel sprout operation. Finnegan’s are separated into two different companies with a staff of over 35 which run in parallel with each other.
E. Finnegan & Sons specialise in fresh vegetable products and the recently formed Finnegan’s Farm specialise in added value par-cooked potato products. With no additives or preservatives and boasting only 2-3 ingredients, Finnegan’s par-cooked potato products are healthy and delicious and ready to eat in a matter of minutes e.g. Ready Cooked Chips, Wedges, Baked Potatoes, Baby Potatoes, Mash, Sweet Potato Mash etc….
Finnegan’s have always endeavoured to protect the environment by adapting appropriate farming techniques. Our sustainable approach to farming is economically viable, environmentally sound and socially beneficial making it work for us, the land and the community.
Our aim is to produce healthy food without compromising our future generation’s ability to do likewise. We are passionate about providing a socially conscious potato meal solution made with 100% authenticity and credibility.
We have recently installed our own water treatment plant. Using water from our own well, we recycle 80% of our water on-site with only 20% of it disposed by filtration. Our current aim is to decrease our overall water consumption by achieving a 90% recycle rate in the foreseeable future.
This year our target was to introduce a Biodiversity initiative among our farming operations. We inserted numerous beehives into our Oil Seed Rape fields with our aim being to increase the number of natural pollinators by protecting and maintaining their natural habitats.
Our 200 beef suckler herd are complimentary to the existing enterprise as they turn otherwise non-saleable potatoes into a highly sought after commodity i.e. Irish beef. They also reduce our waste and in turn reduce our disposal costs.
We also boast the fact that we own every step of the potato process. We have full traceability and can stand by our products 100%. From planting, digging, washing, cooking, prepping and delivering and of course recycling the leftover feed to our animals.
Finnegan’s actively support their community by sponsorship of events and activities that promote a healthy lifestyle. The Finnegan family have been involved in the GAA circles in Meath for generations with both Paul and Joe managing underage teams and organising fundraising events. As well as sponsoring the club, we also use our own machinery to maintain the club pitches.
We also provide our healthy potato products to the homeless through the Pizza Club and donating to local soup kitchens. We feel that education is key for the sustainability of our future generation. As a result we offer regular school tours on site to provide children with a hands on opportunity to see where their food actually comes from.
Along with our annual FarmFest which we run annually, we open up our farm to allow the children to “Dig Their Dinner” and get their hands dirty. We also donate seed potatoes to local schools and educate them on how to grow their own produce in their school garden.