FRS Network (Farm Relief Services) officially opened the doors to their new offices in Derryvale, Roscrea, Co Tipperary last Friday (November 17th).
The day itself was a great success with over 200 people from all of the national farming organisations throughout the country and local business people attending the event in support of the staff at FRS.
The new state of the art modern building has been joined seamlessly to the original offices by a corridor making the entire building one overall unit for its 40 staff members. As part of the project, the original offices were refurbished, a new carpark added and the existing store expanded delivering overall a very impressive office building to the outskirts of Roscrea town.
Clergy people from the Roscrea area including, Father Pat Treacy from the Catholic Church, Adrian Hewson and Jane Galbraith from the Church of Ireland and Shannon De Laureal from the Methodist Church blessed the building before the official cutting of the ribbon.
The chairman of the Agricultural Trust, Matt Dempsey declared the building officially open in the presence of FRS chairman Francis Fitzgerald.
CEO of FRS, Peter Byrne, welcomed and thanked everyone for coming on the day, delivering a brief history of FRS and the building.
He said: “We are very proud of the entire building which we see as an investment in the future of FRS and all its connected companies. Our objective was to have a building we could afford, that would be functional, be future proofed in so far as possible and portray a positive image of the FRS organisation of which we are all very proud. I hope you will agree that we have succeeded.”
Matt Dempsey, chairperson of the Agricultural Trust, followed Peter giving his thoughts on the future of agriculture in Ireland and the opening of the new expansion in Roscrea.
He said: “I cannot tell you all how privileged I feel to be asked to open this wonderful building and to pay tribute to FRS and the people connected with it over the years.”
He continued in saying a day like this is a prime example of the great growth in agriculture in Ireland today.
“A day like this shows the visible commitment of all those involved in farm relief services. For me, FRS shares some similar attributes to the Farmers Journal in that they care for the wellbeing of all those involved. We welcome a day like this as it shows the continuing progress in the agricultural sector.”
Guests then had the opportunity to browse the new building and enjoy some light refreshments.