Eileen Hall, Cavanagh Free-Range Eggs
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
I am a director of Cavanagh Free-Range
Eggs, a family business I run with my
husband. We have two boys aged 13 and 14.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY INVOLVE?
There’s no typical day, every day is different.
I could be exhibiting at a trade show one
day and egg grading the next or in the office
doing the books.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF
YOUR CAREER TO DATE?
Winning a series of awards for our freerange
eggs, including two gold stars in the
recent Great Taste awards, an Irish Quality
Food and Drink Award and the Grow Make
Eat Drink Award for the Best Artisan/Micro
Food Producer. The Flavour of the North has
been a very exciting journey for us. It’s run by
Henderson Foodservice. We were also named
Chef’s Larder Choice in the Blas na hEireann
Awards in Dingle.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT
I love meeting people and telling them about
our wonderful free-range hens, how happy they
are roaming about the picturesque Fermanagh
countryside, and the great taste of our awardwinning
WHAT IS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT TASK?
Time management! I always seem to be in a
rush and there’s just not enough hours in the
day to do everything I need to do.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE
It would have to be a quote from Charles
Darwin: “It’s not the strongest nor the most
intelligent of the species that survive: it is the
one that is most adaptable to change.”
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST GRIPE?
Slow Internet connections; a serious problem
in Fermanagh. It’s a problem for our business.
WHAT TALENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO
I would love to be able to sing but
unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with a singing
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS/
Continue to grow Cavanagh Free-Range Eggs
and strive to be the best we can be, producing
quality free-range eggs with lots of flavour
from our happy hens. We have another 50%
of extra free-range egg production coming
on-stream in the next 12 months to keep up
with demand for our multi-award-winning
eggs, which are now on sale in Asda and
WHOM DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?
My dad has always been an inspiration to
me. He is a very intelligent man even though
he left school at the age of 14. He worked
in Canada for 10 years as a miner. Then
he returned home to Ireland and started
farming. He got nothing handed to him
and he built up his farm from no land to
300 acres over a period of 20 years. He is
76 years old now and has no intention of
retiring. He is working as hard as ever and
intends to do so for as long as he is able. He
buys and sells livestock along with farming
and goes to Cork every week to buy calves to
order. He has built up his customer base over
the past 45 years and I don’t know anyone
who would have a bad word about him. He
looks out for us all. Mum and dad have six
children who are all married with children of
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE?
I would have to say Fermanagh! It’s an
absolutely beautiful place to live.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD
Eggs of course. They are so versatile and a
meal in themselves. You would never starve
when you have them.
HOW DO YOU RELAX?
I go for the odd walk and I enjoy cycling with
the family. I also love to dance.