Local girls welcome first Irish strawberries of the year

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David Keeling, CEO Keelings Retail welcomes Rebecca and Lauren from Saint Maelruain’s Church of Ireland School in Tallaght
Keelings, Ireland’s biggest fresh fruit grower and supplier, celebrated its harvest of the First Irish Strawberries of 2017 last week with the help of some local children.
Lauren McAllister and Rebecca Doolan, both 10, from Saint Maelruain’s Church of Ireland National School in Jobstown were guests of Keelings at their farm St Margarets in north Dublin.
Lauren McAllister from Saint Maelruain’s Church of Ireland National School in Jobstown
The girls, who were joined by Irish Rugby players Louise Galvin and Nora Stapleton, enjoyed a morning of fun activities on the farm as they welcomed the first strawberries of the year.
David Keeling with Irish Rugby players Louise Galvin and Nora Stapleton.
The state of the art strawberry glasshouse on Keelings farm has the capacity to produce over 100 million Irish Strawberries for the Irish market and extend the season into December.
The farm growers nurture the Keelings crop all year round, enabling the strawberries to flourish early in the season.
Keelings is a family owned Irish company who date back to 1926 when they established their farm.

In the 1930s, they began growing fruits & salads and supplying them to the local Dublin markets.