Brendan is an entrepreneur, farmer, and marine scientist. He and his brother established Castlemine Farm, a small luxury foods business. Castlemine Farm established its own distribution and retail operations to free the Allen’s family farm in Roscommon from commodity markets. Castlemine Farm has won the Food Writers’ Guild and Bridgestone awards and recently opened a new production plant to deliver luxury cooked goods.
Previously, he was the senior research officer at GMIT Marine and Freshwater Innovation Centre. Brendan had left school at 15 to work on the farm and returned to education to study environmental science at the University of Wolverhampton, and marine science for his masters from GMIT.