Dairygold Given Green Light To Develop Mogeely Cheese Factory

By Seamus Whelehan


Cork County Council have granted Dairygold permission to increase its capacity to produce cheese at their Mogeely site.
The multi-million Euro development will see the site become an international centre of excellence for cheese development.
Last year, Tine SA Norway’s largest farmer owned dairy co-operative in partnership with Dairygold pledged to construct a new Jarlsberg cheese production facility alongside Dairygold’s existing specialty cheese unit in Mogeely.
The East Cork site has been producing Jarlsberg cheese on site since 2013, this latest development will see Mogeely supply cheese for the European, U.S and Australian markets.
Jarlsberg Cheese is a mild, semi-soft cow’s milk cheese, which resembles Swiss Emmental, though it tends to be sweeter and stronger than Emmental.
Blueprints for the ambitious scheme to capitalise on the Jarlsberg brand’s global reputation were approved on Tuesday 8 August.
Fianna Fail TD Kevin O’Keeffe welcomed the announcement he said it was important to get jobs into rural Ireland.
“For some time there was uncertainty surrounding the Mogeely site. This expansion removes that uncertainty for employees and suppliers, it consolidates Dairygold’s operation in Mogeely.”
The deputy for Cork East said “Speciality Jarlsberg® cheese will give Irish milk yet another welcome route to an internationally established cheese market.”
Tine SA is Norway’s largest food manufacturer, with almost 5,500 employees and annual turnover of €2.4 billion.
The most controversial element of the development however is the construction of a 14 kilometre pipe running from Mogeely through to Ratcoursey West, known locally as the head of the ferry, where it will connect to an Irish Water out fall pipe.
The granting of the planning which comes with 32 conditions attached will see up to 3 million litres of treated wastewater containing fats oils and greases known in the industry as fogs, released into the Ferry daily.
The dairy board intend to construct a new waste water treatment plant on site in Mogeely to deal with the food grade waste.
They say they will be careful to be good stewards of the environment by treating the waste prior to dispersal.
Part of the condition of granting permission includes the installation of a remotely actuated valve at the end of the effluent pipe. This valve shall be closed immediately on detection of any noncompliance in the quality of the treated effluent.