‘From Landlord to Genetics’ — a book commissioned by Dovea Genetics — tells the story of the Trant Estate in Dovea, Thurles and the fortunes of its owners, the Trant family, who built Dovea House, which is today headquarters for Dovea Genetics.
Dovea Genetics was founded in 1952 by a number of local co-operatives as one of Ireland’s AI Stations and has over 100 bulls standing at stud producing semen for the Irish and export market.
Speaking at the launch of the new historical book, Tipperary All-Star hurler McGrath, said; “The Dovea Genetics business is well-known to everyone around Ireland, especially those from a farming background.”
“It is wonderful what they have done with the historic house and estate and I wish them many more years of success.”
John P. Nugent, Chairman of Dovea Genetics said that in many ways this book is an acknowledgement to the Trant family for their decision in the 1940s to offer the estate for the “betterment of agriculture in the area”.
Speaking about the project, Dovea Genetics General Manager, Ger Ryan said; “Dovea House and demesne is a unique work environment. Our visiting customers are constantly surprised when greeted by a 17th-century period home which plays host to a modern-day, thriving business.”
"Everyone who works in Dovea has a keen appreciation for the heritage of our organisation, so we feel fortunate to have been able to undertake a major restoration of the house and to complete a research programme on its history.”
The book is the combined effort of a voluntary group of Tipperary scholars lead by local historian, George Cunningham.
He said that the group worked “assiduously” for over two years gathering relevant material to follow the fortunes of the family from before and during their tenure in Dovea, with a detailed record of the establishment and growth of the current Dovea Genetics business.”
The 380-page full-colour hardback book has national historical value with new information and analysis of important historical events such as the Cormack brothers’ executions, the 19th century landlord period and the Trant family’s contribution to the emerging Irish State.
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If you are interested in purchasing this book, contact Dovea Genetics — 0504-21755.