Walter Furlong and Kevin Cooney
Founded in 1998, directors Kevin Cooney and Walter Furlong have between them over 50 years’ experience in the agriculture sector, covering seed, grain and fertilisers.
Walter Furlong Senior
Walter Furlong is the Managing Director of The Cooney Furlong Grain Company. Walter is the owner of Walter Furlong Grain, an arable farm based at Dranagh, Co. Wexford, which is a significant supplier to the brewing, malting and distilling industries. In addition, Walter is the Managing Director of Target Fertilisers which has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading importers, blenders and wholesalers of quality fertilisers in Ireland.
Walter Furlong Junior
Walter Furlong Junior joined The Cooney Furlong Grain Company, having graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree from Dublin Business School, along with a Green Cert from Kildalton College. Walter’s role involves trading and hedging the grain and the purchasing of animal feedstuffs as well as seasonal work on Walter Furlong’s Grain Farm. Walter’s other role is in Target Fertilisers where he is Area Sales Manager for Munster and deals with merchants and Co-ops in that area.
Maeve is the Purchasing Manager for the Town and Country stores and manages the Wexford store specifically. Maeve also coordinates the marketing and events activities for all companies within the group, including The Cooney Furlong Grain Company, The Cooney Furlong Machinery Company and Target Fertilisers Ltd. As part of her keen interest in all things equine, Maeve completed The Irish National Stud Breeding course at the Irish National Stud and Gardens, in Co. Kildare and has travelled and worked on some well-known stud farms in Ireland and Kentucky. Maeve joined the team at The Cooney Furlong Grain Company in 2010 and has since completed a Farm Business Management course in Kildalton College, in Co. Kilkenny.
George Blackburn is a Sales Manager and Agronomist for The Cooney Furlong Grain Company and is responsible for management of combinable crops in relation to seed chemicals and soil fertility recommendations. He is also responsible for the purchasing of agrochemicals for the group and subsequent formulation of chemical and fertiliser programmes for the sales team to roll out to the customers. George holds a first-class honours degree in Animal and Crop Production from University College Dublin and is also an IASIS certified plant protection advisor.
Business Development Manager
John Bass is a Business Development Manager based at The Cooney Furlong Grain site in Wexford, covering the South Wexford area. John’s role involves the sale of agricultural inputs to ruminant livestock and cereal farming enterprises, with a focus on maximising farm efficiency, profitability and sustainability through efficient and practical soil, crop and livestock advice. John holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, specialising in Animal and Crop Production.
Emily Doyle is a Logistics Manager at The Cooney Furlong Grain Company site in Caim, Enniscorthy. Emily worked four harvests as a lab technician before joining full time in 2018. She is now responsible for logistics of grain, seed and fertiliser as well as chemical and seed stock control. Emily graduated from University College Dublin in 2018, with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, majoring in Animal and Crop Production.
Area Manager – New Ross
Philip Kennedy is Area Manager for The Cooney Furlong Grain Company, New Ross, working closely with customers in South Kilkenny and Wexford to help maximise their farming efficiency and profitability. Philip is a Ruminant Nutritionist, advising customers on diet formulations and feed solutions. He also specialises in crop protection for cereal, root crops and grass as well as soil health and fertility. Philip holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, majoring in Animal and Crop Production and he is also an IASIS certified Agronomist.
Ruminant Feed Specialist
Jack Scallan is a Ruminant Feed Specialist with The Cooney Furlong Grain Company and has over 30 years’ experience in animal nutrition and livestock inputs. Jack’s role involves ruminant feed sales, customised diet formulation and feed advice to assist our livestock customers to maximise their returns. Jack studied at both University College Dublin and University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree and a Masters in Equine Studies.
Quality and Customer Relationship Manager
Fiona manages quality control with a particular focus on Food Grade products. Her responsibilities include quality audits such as IGAS, UFAS and a number of customer audits annually. Fiona also looks after customer grain drawings and allocations, and more recently, has carried out extensive work on sustainable policies, producing short, medium- and long-term goals for The Cooney Furlong Grain Company across 3 key areas.
Fiona worked for a number of years as Operations Manager with sister company Target Fertilisers. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree, majoring in Animal and Crop Production.
Branch Manager – Enniscorthy
James O’ Neill is Branch Manager for The Cooney Furlong Grain Company, Enniscorthy. With over 14 years’ experience in the agriculture industry, James manages the running of the branch and the milling of grain. Responsibilities also include providing advice to customers on livestock nutrition and animal health.
Branch Manager – New Ross
Brigid Roche is a Branch Manager for The Cooney Furlong Grain Company, New Ross. Brigid’s role includes stock procurement and management, account management and logistics for the Wexford and South Kilkenny customer base. Brigid has a strong knowledge and passion for agriculture having grown up on a dairy farm. She holds a certificate in agriculture and has also completed the Alltech Dairy Nutrition and Management Programme.