BENNY WAS THE START OF THE WOGAN EMPIRE
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.