Supporting local: Taoiseach pays special visit to Cork dairy

Supporting local: Taoiseach pays special visit to Cork dairy
Pictured is Taoiseach Micheal Martin buying his lunch with Sol Soares from Brazil, a shop assistant in Toons Bridge Dairy on South Great Georges Street, Dublin. As the country moves to reopen, it’s important to support local businesses. Photo: Leah Farrell/

The Taoiseach Micheal Martin paid a special visit to well-known Cork producer Toon’s Bridge Dairy to remind people of the importance of supporting local producers and businesses as the country continues to reopen.

Toons Bridge Dairy is a family-run dairy based in West Cork which works with un-pasteurised buffalo, sheep and cows milk to make cheeses informed by the traditions of the Southern Mediterranean.

Details of the visit were shared on both the Taoiseach's and the official Merrion Street social media accounts. 

Toby Simmonds from Toon’s Bridge Dairy said that they were delighted with the “high endorsement” and said that the Taoiseach is a regular visitor to their stores in Cork and Dublin.

“He’s a regular and a very genuine supporter of us, and of the markets in Cork,” he said.

Mr Simmonds said their business, like many others, has had to adapt and be creative to survive the past few months.

He said while their dairy has “done ok” he was very aware of the many producers who had suffered in recent months.

“There was an explosion of our online business initially but this is receding a bit as people go back to things, but it is still significant,” he said.

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