Who we are ?
Experience in a paper bag manufacturing that encompasses the cumulative knowledge, skills, and insights acquired through years of designing, producing, and optimizing paper bag production processes, materials, and product quality.
We were founded in 1948, having a background in the production of paper packaging for essential goods, developed over the previous 75 years.
We are worldwide synonymous of excellence, reliability and quality in paper packaging production, services and processes.
Ongoing analysis of trends, consumer habits and legislation, together with research of new solutions and materials, has ensured an organic and rapid growth in the packaging industry, leading us to diversify productions and solutions.
Way back in 1948, James Francis Walsh (JF Walsh), an entrepreneur from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, decided there was a need for a printing service in the town. He established Walsh Printers Roscrea just off the main street (where it remains today, run by James’s son Desmond).
A new generation brings growth
Today, JF Walsh Packaging Chairperson Shauna Walsh (daughter of Des and granddaughter of James) and continues to manufacture environmentally friendly paper bags in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Initially bolstered by the 2002 environmental levy on plastic bags in Ireland, JF Walsh Packaging has maintained steady growth under Shauna's management, and has continued to provide employment to the local community in Roscrea. In recent years, growth has also driven by demand for packaging which recycled and recyclable as well as being compostable. The fact that JF Walsh Packaging's paper bags are locally produced is a further advantage, as the keen understanding of the needs of Irish businesses is complemented by a product that supports Irish jobs and has less transport emissions to get to the final customer. Today, JF Walsh packaging is one of the largest paper bag manufacturers in Ireland, producing a high percentage of all paper bags supplied to the pharmacy, fast food, off licence, fashion and retail industries in Ireland.
In 2023 JF Walsh Packaging joined the Packaging Holdings group
a relationship-driven business, we are deeply committed to building and sustaining long-term internal and external partnerships, grounded in trust and transparency.
We know it takes years to build a strong partnership and reputation, while they can be ruined in just a few minutes. We seek continually to understand and align the interests of all stakeholders, and we treat everyone with fairness, compassion, and respect. We believe that “arrogance kills” and has no place at Packaging holdings.
We aspire to be the best at what we do and to lead by example. We set high personal and company standards, and then consistently try to exceed them. We attract self-motivated, highly capable, results-oriented people and invest in their development.
Our focus on impact and results creates a vibrant and meritocratic environment, directly linking individual performance with the firm’s success.
Shauna & Des R.I.P
Shauna Walsh, the dedicated owner-manager of JF walsh made the strategic decision to sell her ownership stake in April 2023 and transition into the role of Chairman within the organization. Her deep industry knowledge and leadership will now be channelled into guiding the company's vision and growth as she retains a significant shareholding in Packaging Holdings. This transition reflects her commitment to the company's long-term success and her unwavering dedication to its future endeavours.
On the 29th of May 2023 we lost Des the entrepreneur, after a life of remarkable success in the paper and print industry in Roscrea, he passed away, leaving behind a lasting legacy of innovation and economic growth. Des's vision and dedication continue to shape the town's industrial landscape, a testament to their enduring impact on the community.
The JF Walsh Team
AT Jf Walsh Packaging we boast a dynamic and collaborative team, With each member bringing their unique expertise to the table. Our Finance team, led by Mary , ensures the fiscal health of the organization, while our Dale spearhead's innovative strategies .With Rose a deep understanding of market trends, drives our customer satisfaction . In the heart of our operations, the Production with their dedication and guarantees the highest quality paper packaging solutions. Lastly, Gary orchestrates these efforts harmoniously, ensuring Walsh Packaging remains at the forefront of the industry.