When Ivan Hastings’ grandfather John moved to Roscrea, Co Tipperary, from Abbeyleix, Co Laois, in 1915, he made the entire journey by bicycle. He couldn’t have known, then, that he would spend the rest of his life in Roscrea – a town already steeped in rich history – marry, and build a business that would span generations.

In 1920, he purchased what is now Hastings Mill (previously run by the Rudd family) and this month the mill is celebrating its 100th birthday. Ivan, with the support of his dedicated staff, wife Lynda and his mother, Bertha, operate the animal feed business with a few modern twists but maintain his father and grandfather’s dedication to their clients; the local farming community.