BENNY WAS THE START OF THE WO­GAN EM­PIRE

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

I WAS out at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new Wogans Build Cen­tre on the North Road re­cently and met up with Gerard Wo­gan and he filled me in in the ac­tual his­tory of the Wo­gan clan.

The busi­ness model be­gan with Benny Wo­gan, a na­tive of Grangegeeth, who at the age of 13 went to Browns of Col­lon, a bar and gro­cery at the time, and spent 13 years there, work­ing 13 hours a day.

He once de­scribed it as be­ing like a uni­ver­sity, be­cause he picked up many tips along the way.

He stayed in Browns and got his keep, so he got paid quar­terly.

With his first wage, he bought a calf and with his sec­ond pay­ment, he got an­other calf and then rented a piece of land and raised the cat­tle.

In 1932, he moved to Dunleer and that’s where the fam­ily story re­ally be­gan.

Gerard ex­plained that when he was 10, he would head off to sell pota­toes and they’d travel from Dunleer to Ardee, Drum­con­rath, Kingscourt and Car­rick and keep go­ing un­til the lorry was empty. It thought him a bit about busi­ness that has served him well.

Brian is the brains be­hind Wogans of Dunleer and it’s still go­ing strong and John is in the fur­ni­ture busi­ness. A fourth brother, Ciaran, is de­ceased.

Look­ing around their premises on the North Road, I’d say the fu­ture is strong for the Wo­gan name.

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