Ltd is situated on the shores of Lough Neagh where the River Bann
enters the Lough, close to the M1 Motorway infrastructure.
This part of North
Armagh was traditionally a Soft fruit (strawberries, raspberries,
etc) produce growing area. Many of the local apple traders at that
time who primarily supplied the Belfast market where only too glad
to handle this different produce in order to fill the gap that the
apple season left.
As the demands in the market changed, rhubarb, apples and soft
fruit were gradually replaced on the Farm, firstly with outdoor
lettuce and scallions, and then protected lettuce and outdoor
iceberg. Nowadays round lettuce, celery, iceberg lettuce and a
small stock of continental type lettuces represent our chief
The farm at present consists of
about 60 acres in total, approximately 9 acres of this land has
been covered with multi-span polytunnel structures, with 8 acres
being frost protected with direct-fired Priva heaters. In these
structures we grow round lettuce, celery, and continental type
lettuces, along with a stock of cucumbers, peppers and courgettes
during the summer months. A further 20 acres of the land is used
for the cultivating of iceberg and continental type lettuces.
Nowadays the Belfast market, along with local wholesalers and a
handful of local greengrocers only purchase a small portion of our
production output. At present the majority of the produce we grow
is now marketed directly to Supermarkets, with some iceberg,
celery and continental type lettuces going to the processing
The proprietors of the business are father and son, Seamus and
Shane Donnelly. Shane has a Diploma in Horticulture from
Warrenstown College, and completed his practical on a Nursery
based in Lancashire. Seamus has vast experience within the
harvesting and growing environment, his knowledge has come from a
horticulture and family background.
Derrylard Nurseries Ltd is audited and accredited annually, by
both the BRC and Assured Produce.
In July 2005 we changed our partnership status to that of a