Our Values

We embrace and are passionate in our quest to tackle the challenges which our colleagues face because we are motivated by the difference we can make to our colleagues lives.

We are committed to the highest levels of ethics, respect, honesty, transparency, consistency and impartiality in dealings with all stakeholders.

We aspire to improve the lives of all colleagues in need.


Our Mission

Above all else, we are committed to the improvement in the lives of our colleagues in need.

Our mission is to enrich their lives by engaging with and involving as many colleagues as possible in raising much needed funds so as to meet such needs and maintain the long term viability and sustainability of the Fund


Our History

The Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund (IGBF), founded over 30 years ago, by Mr. Tim Nolan and the late Mr. Gerry Duffy is a national registered charity assisting people in the retail, wholesale and supplier trade sectors.

The objective of the fund is to provide financial relief for persons in need who have been involved in these trade sectors.

For over 30 years, enormous assistance has been provided to relieve hardship amongst unemployed and retired members and their spouses, who have fallen on difficult times because of ill health or bereavement.

The charity currently assists nearly 250 families monthly and will contribute over €560,000 annually on welfare support. The breadth and depth of support is inclusive of annual annuities and crisis grants.

The Fund is a registered charity - No. 6577 and also a registered friendly society - No. 1775F; CRA No. 20012403.

Historically the Irish Grocers Benevolent Fund has been a very successfully run welfare charity, supported by the leading companies in the retail, wholesale, food and drink and services industries.

The IGBF assists:

  • Widows and orphans, of members of the trade
  • Elderly and retired members in need
  • Members whose dependents are seriously ill
  • Members in need of nursing care either at home or institutionally
  • Cases of hardship from prolonged unemployment.

Welfare provision remains the Funds primary concern and the charity continues to provide support to those who were in need of support. The IGBF has also set about to build awareness within the industry and the charity world of its the work and encourages the industry to get involved to help find solutions to the hardship facing many former and current industry colleagues.


...and why the camel?

The camel is a the well known logo for the IGBF and has been associated with the food trade since the Middle Ages when it was first adopted as a symbol of the Company of Pepperers and Spicers in the thirteenth century. The laden camel symbolised spices being brought by camel train from the East for shipment to the countries of Western Europe.

When the Worshipful Company of Grocers was formed in the sixteenth century, they incorporated the Company of Pepperers and Spicers and adopted the camel as the surmounter of their arms. Later in the twentieth century, following an agreement with the Worshipful Company, the camel was adopted and always pointed in the opposite direction to that of the Pepperers and Spicers surmounter. Over the years, the camel has been stylised and gradually changed in to the form shown here which is introduced in September 2013.



Presidents of Appeals

1969 Fergal Quinn   1970 Pat Quinn
1971 John Quinn   1972 Bruce Carswell
1973 Colm Lyons   1974 John Roe
1975 Frank Dunne   1976 Tom Fitzpatrick
1977 Tom Fitzpatrick   1978 Mike Campbell
1979 Hugh Mc Keown   1980 Hugh Mc Keown
1981 David Tyndall   1982 Joe Lane
1983 Brendan Rooney   1984 Richard Smyth
1985 David O'Connell   1986 John P O'Reilly
1987 Charles A Walshe   1988 Norman Kilroy
1989 Jim Bradley   1990 Michael Shannon
1991 Ian Leask   1992 Jim Bradley
1993 Ray Burke   1994 Ray Burke
1995 James Holahan   1996 Henry Howard
1997 Canice Kelly   1998 Fergus Mc Kenna
1999 Seamus Scally   2000 Michael Keyes
2001 Leo Crawford   2002 Dick Reeves
2003 Ray Bates   2004 Noel Ryan
2005 Colin Gordon   2006 Paddy Mc Garry
2007 Frank Coghlan   2008 Joe Keane
2009 Tony Keohane   2010 Donald Williamson
2011 Jim Barry   2012 Derek Mooney
2013 Leonard Hegarty   2014 Willie O'Byrne
2015 Noel Keeley   2016 Neil Finlayson
2017 Conor Kilduff   2018 John Moane


Our Trustees & Committees


IGBF Trustees are responsible for compliance with our legal and statutory requirements and also the safe and effective running of the charity. Current Trustees are:

Tim Nolan +353 (0)1 451 5052
Jim Bradley +353 (0)1 280 3832
Paddy Mc Garry +353 (0)87 259 5178



President of Appeals (2017)

The 2017 President of Appeals is Conor Kilduff of Keeling Ltd. Fruit Importers & Distributors, St Maragrets, Co. Dublin. As the title suggests, raising much needed funds is the primary responsibility of this role.


Officers of the Fund

President of Appeals John Moane
Chairman Donal O'Shea
Vice Chairman Leonard Hegarty
Honorary Treasurer Damien Kieran
Honorary Secretary Joe Grennan
Executive Secretary Gus O'Reilly



Executive Committee

Redmond Gavin Coman's Wholesale
Frances Higgins BWG Foods
Eoin Kellett Mondelez Ireland
Derek Mooney JTI Ireland Ltd.
Paddy McGarry Trustee
Tim Nolan Trustee
Anne O'Brien Musgrave Wholesale partners
Donal O'Ciobhain Supervalu, Swords
Peter O'Connor Stafford Lynch Ltd.
Tom Shields Co. Wicklow
Joe Wogan BWG Foods


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Regional Committees

Region Chairman Company Contact
Southern Region Kevin Flynn Centra Foodstore, Little Island, Cork +353 87 2598797
North Leinster Region Peter O'Connor Stafford Lynch Ltd., Dublin 15 +353 87 235 5082
North Western Region Gearoid Surlis SuperValu Tubercurry +353 (0)71 918 5096
Western Region Brian MacNeill Musgrave Ltd., Tuam Road, galway +353 (0)71 918 5096
Mid Western Region James Johnson Dunnes Stores, Tipperary Town +353 (0)87 225 7492
Drogheda Region Donal O'Ciobhain Supervalu Swords +353 (0)86 397 1686
South East Region Joe Wogan BWG Foodservice, Greenhills Road, Dublin 24 +353 87 290 8530


All our committees see industry volunteers working together to support the work of the charity in assisting those members less fortunate than ourselves.


Our Advisors

Allied Irish Bank
Co. Dublin
+353 (0)1 288 5371

Grant Thornton
24 ‐ 25 City Quay
Dublin 2
+353 (0)1 680 5805