From Flaxmills to Vineyards

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This is the story of a parish, a family, a young man’s progress from roller man in a flax mill, at age 14, to the vineyards of New Zealand. Now at age 85 Frank’s story covers the years from the start of WW II to the present day. It is also a reminder of how the drinks business – wholesale and retail – coped with and survived the Troubles.

Born in 1930s Mid Ulster, Frank McGreevey looks back on a life that was lived to the full by seeing and getting the best out of the people he met along the way. After a near idyllic upbringing on a small farm, real life kicked off in the swinging 60s of Belfast. Whether sensible or not, Frank took on challenges which could have been disastrous, but inevitably led to better opportunities. Risks like renting a run-down pub in Co Down in his early 20s or moving to Ballymena and beginning a sales career which lasted nearly 40 years. Then building brands under the Guinness banner, visiting wine producing countries on business, from Europe to South Africa to America to New Zealand. Or getting married in the early 60s, raising a family of four – which now extends to 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Definitely a life well lived.

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This is the story of a parish, a family, a young man’s progress from roller man in a flax mill, at age 14, to the vineyards of New Zealand. Now at age 85 Frank’s story covers the years from the start of WW II to the present day. It is also a reminder of how the drinks business – wholesale and retail – coped with and survived the Troubles.

Born in 1930s Mid Ulster, Frank McGreevey looks back on a life that was lived to the full by seeing and getting the best out of the people he met along the way. After a near idyllic upbringing on a small farm, real life kicked off in the swinging 60s of Belfast. Whether sensible or not, Frank took on challenges which could have been disastrous, but inevitably led to better opportunities. Risks like renting a run-down pub in Co Down in his early 20s or moving to Ballymena and beginning a sales career which lasted nearly 40 years. Then building brands under the Guinness banner, visiting wine producing countries on business, from Europe to South Africa to America to New Zealand. Or getting married in the early 60s, raising a family of four – which now extends to 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Definitely a life well lived.

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