In November 1910 John Bolger installed a generator and supplied many houses in Ferns with electricity long before a national electricity supply scheme was introduced.
In 1917 the business was registered as a limited company.
From 1921 onwards the general merchant business flourished in Ferns and Gorey. In Ferns the company ran a large grocery shop, a bonded warehouse for wines and spirits, a bar and departments for provisions, boots, hardware, machinery, bearings, building, coal and other fuel,
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seed and corn, wool and fertiliser. They blended and labelled their own tea, coffee and whiskey. They were the main agents for Steyr-Daimler tractors and had garage repairs with kerbside petrol pumps. They also ran an undertaking business.
From 1884 until the 1990s the agricultural part of the business was based on long association with Arthur Guinness Ltd. They supplied malting barley and feed barley, which was initially delivered up to St James Gate by rail from Milltown in 2cwt. hessian bags and later by road in lorries. In the 1970s Gorey and Ferns had a capacity for 20,000 tons of fully ventilated storage. If there was any surplus of malting barley it was exported abroad to European brewers in Germany, Belgium and Denmark. Bolgers of Ferns propagated and assembled their own seed for distribution under the Department of Agriculture seed certification scheme, which assures the grower of the highest quality crop. Over the years Arthur Guinness ran an All- Ireland malting barley competition, which was won three times by Bolgers customers. These were Denis Fortune (1956), William Willis (1975), and Martin Foley (1990).

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