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1948
Foundation
Way back in 1948, James Francis Walsh (JF Walsh), an entrepreneur from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, decided there was a need for a printing service in the town. He established Walsh Printers Roscrea just off the main street (where it remains today, run by James’s son Desmond).
1948
1990
A new generation brings growth
Today, JF Walsh Packaging is run by Shauna Walsh (daughter of Des and granddaughter of James) and continues to manufacture environmentally friendly paper bags in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Initially bolstered by the 2002 environmental levy on plastic bags in Ireland, JF Walsh Packaging has maintained steady growth under Shauna's management, and has continued to provide employment to the local community in Roscrea. In recent years, growth has also driven by demand for packaging which recycled and recyclable as well as being compostable. The fact that JF Walsh Packaging's paper bags are locally produced is a further advantage, as the keen understanding of the needs of Irish businesses is complemented by a product that supports Irish jobs and has less transport emissions to get to the final customer. Today, JF Walsh packaging is one of the largest paper bag manufacturers in Ireland, producing a high percentage of all paper bags supplied to the pharmacy, fast food, off licence, fashion and retail industries in Ireland.
1990
2005
Innovation
Inspired by the daily lunches she made for her four children, Shauna created "Lón an Lae" Paper Lunch Bags as an environmentally friendly alternative to clingfilm or tin foil. The idea was widely welcomed by parents who were sick of wrapping their kid's food in a layer of plastic, and a new business idea was born! Widely available in supermarkets throughout Ireland, "Lón an Lae" Paper Lunch Bags are an incredibly popular Irish-made solution today!
2005