Simon Coveney TD Minister for Agriculture, Food, Marine and Defence visited Sean and Marie Curtin of Temple Dairy, Athlacca on Friday 27th November.
Business set up by Marie Curtin and her father Sean Curtin. Sean has been a dairy farmer all his life.
Their business was registered as a limited company in 2013 and they commenced production in February 2015. They received a lot of advice and assistance from Teagasc-Moore Park.
They are producing a flavoured milk which is naturally high in protein and can be used by children.
Temple Dairy Chocolate Milk is a low fat product with no artificial preservatives, flavourings or colourings. It is naturally high in protein, this product is almost completely made up of natural sugars, it is made from fresh farm milk, raw cocoa powder, natural cane sugar, high in protein, no artificial preservatives. Marie Curtin is a soccer player and a gaelic footballer.
Marie’s background in sport led her to discover that chocolate milk is not only a delicious pick me up, but can also be used as an excellent low fat high protein energy rich drink after exercise. Sean and Marie made contact with a wide range of local enterprise support agencies and successfully secured a place on the Limerick Enterprise Acceleration Programme (LEAP).
The Curtin family have a long tradition of dairy farming and have been producing delicious, fresh Irish milk at their farm in Athlacca since the 1950’s. Their Holstein Friesian herd of 120 milking cows produces 800,000 litres of milk a year, most of which is supplied to Kerry Co-Op.
Marie has a long and successful sporting career and currently plays with Galway WFC. She played for the Republic of Ireland (45 senior international caps) as well as a number of club sides including Fortuna Ales Und, a first division team in Norway and Long Island Fury in United States. The multi-talented Limerick native is also a Gaelic footballer and has represented Limerick at Croke Park.
Temple Dairy Chocolate Milk is available in many Super Valu stores.