Killarney Co-op general manager Pat Brosnan and the longest current serving staff member, Bruce Goodwin, celebrate the Co-op's 90th birthday.
Killarney Co-op general manager Pat Brosnan and the longest current serving staff member, Bruce Goodwin, celebrate the Co-op's 90th birthday. Georja Ryan

Co-op celebrates 90 years of creating close community bonds

BRUCE Goodwin has spent 50 years working for the Killarney Co-op, and as he flipped the snags on the barbie yesterday, he couldn't help but feel a little proud to be a part of the Co-op's 90th birthday celebration.

Mr Goodwin is the only staff member to have worked under all five general managers over the years and said his time with the Co-op had been nothing short of enjoyable.

"The people I have worked with have all been good and I just love working here," he said.

Co-op general manager Pat Brosnan was glad to see the number of people who turned up to join in the fun at the Co-op yesterday.

"We've also got some ex-general managers here and some descendants of the 1922 general manager," Mr Brosnan said.

Around the premises, trade stalls were set up for all to peruse and the book, A History 1099-2012 by John Telfer was launched as Mr Goodwin cut the enormous cake.

The book contains the entire history of the Co-op and is available at the store itself for $19.95.

"It went from being a butter manufacturer in the early days, and as there was a decline in dairy, the board put a focus on retail and now we have rural merchandise, hardware, electrical, supermarket and a service station," Mr Brosnan said.

The Co-op is owned by more than 1700 shareholders and is an integral part of the Killarney community.



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