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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Peter upholds strong Wexford tradition

LOCAL MAN TAKES THE HELM

COUNTY Wexford man Peter Bolger has been installed as president of Ireland's Agricultural Science Association (ASA), the national body representing graduates working in the agri-food industry. The New Ross resident accepted the chains of office from his predecessor during the association's recent AGM at Druid's Glen in Wicklow.

The new head of the ASA is joint managing director of the family agri-business and hardware company John Bolger Ltd., which has branches in Ferns and Ballycogley. The firm was founded 128 years ago. Peter and his brother David are the fifth generation of Bolgers to take the helm.

Born in Gorey, Peter Bolger worked in the past as a dairy farm manager in Australia, New Zealand and Wicklow. He also had a spell as a consultant with Keenans in Carlow.

He studied agricultural science as a mature student, graduating from UCD in 2001 before he was recruited to edit the property page of the 'Farmers Journal'. He took up the reins at Bolger's in 2004.

He lives in New Ross with his wife Kate and the couple have three sons, aged 19, 18 and 15.

He is the fourth Wexford president of the ASA, following in the footsteps of Dr. Tom Walsh from Piercestown during the fifties; Martin McDonald from Crossabeg 1965- 66; and Dr. Paddy Barry from Our Lady's Island 1985-86.

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