Over four hundred people attended the 100th year celebration of Lee Strand at their Annual Social on Saturday, February 8th in the Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee. The evening marked a special milestone to celebrate 100 years of the establishment of Lee Strand Co-operative in April 1920.
The annual gathering attended by farmers, shareholders, staff and customers of Lee Strand was a wonderful social evening of fine dining, great music, dancing and surprise guest appearances. On arrival guests were welcomed with a special Lee Strand centenary cocktail and prosecco reception in the Pavilion in Ballygarry and was followed by a four course dinner in the banqueting hall. One of Ireland’s leading comedy stars Local Gossip Bernard Casey and the Singing Chef Bryan Carr made special guest appearances during the evening. Following dinner everyone danced the night away to Arklight.
Edward Behan, Killahan, Abbeydorney was announced as the winner of the Lee Strand Overall Milk Quality Award 2019. Speaking on the night Donal Pierse, Chairman, Lee Strand congratulated Edward Behan as recipient of the Lee Strand Overall Milk Quality Award 2019. He also congratulated all of Lee Strand’s monthly quality award winners and commended the quality achievements of Lee Strand farmers who month after month provide the highest quality milk in Kerry and beyond.
Lee Strand also made presentations to two retiring milk suppliers Nora Allman and Simon Leen for their dedication to Lee Strand over the years. Lee Strand’s oldest shareholders Danny Pierse, Pat Griffin and Eileen Scannell, who are in their nineties, were also recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to Lee Strand over the years.
Pictured: Lee Strand Overall Milk Quality Award Winner 2019 Edward Behan with his wife Claire and family at the Lee Strand 100th year celebration