1902 - 1940
Patrick Ahern was born in the townland of Knocknabooly West, of which the Irish name is “Cnoc Na Buaile Thiar” which translates to “The Hill of the West Booley” or “The Hill of the West Summer Grazing”. Patrick’s parents, Thomas and Hanora Ahern ran a mixed farm in Knocknabooy West, Loghill, Co Limerick.
Pat as he was known came to Gaultier in 1902 aged only 32 and became the fourth manager of the Creamery. Pat married Julia Maher of Ballyglan in the early 1900’s. Julia had served as dairymaid in Gaultier Co-op since March 1899. Pat and Julia had three children and John the youngest son took over the farm in Ballyglan in due course. When Pat retired in 1940, he went to live with his daughter Una. He died in Dundalk in 1948 aged 78.