Ballinrostig Cheese is owned and run by husband and wife team, Stephen Bender and Michele Cashman.
Stephen moved to Ireland from the Netherlands more than 20 years ago and he is proud to be considered an honorary Irish man. Of course he was steeped in and learned his trade within the cheese making culture (excuse pun :) ) of the Netherlands. He ran a successful business making and selling goats cheese there and also when he came to Ireland first.
In 2014 the couple moved into and renovated Michele's family home in the village of Ballinrostig, in East Cork, transforming the garage into a purpose built dairy.
Both Stephen and Michelle are also keen to bring the principals of Permaculture to the enterprise. .
Watch Stephen tell his story in this video