t may be hard to believe now, but, back in the 1960s, there were people who hated The Beatles.
And we’re not just talking about Mick Jagger and Keith Richards here.
We’re talking everyday people who just couldn’t quite swallow all that fame and fortune.
Never mind that the songs were very often groundbreaking and invariably catchy as all heck. The Beatles were too acclaimed, too successful, too groundbreaking, and that just didn’t sit well with those determined to dance to a different drummer than Ringo.
Heck, there are even eejits today who go out of their way to dislike The Beatles. Eejits like Grace Shanley up in Kindlestown Park.
The same rules apply to pretty much every phenonenon, of course, whether it’s U2, Shakespeare, Apple, Hitchcock, Beethoven, Bowie, Van Gogh, or Dustin The Turkey. Overrated, all hype and trousers, and no real balls. Apparently.
When it comes to Greystones, that cooler-than-thou, who-do-they-think-they-are? attitude has seen The Happy Pear adored and abhorred with equal passion. And, we reckon it would be fair to say, they really don’t give an organic-bran-induced crap.
It’s been 16 years now, and Dave and Stephen Flynn have long gotten used to their national-going-on-global success, their Little Greystones Veggie Shop That Could proving the seed for a happy-clappy, organic-loving, health-promoting, fresh food and wholesome products empire that includes 4 best-selling cookbooks, 6 online courses, a top-selling products range, 3 cafés, a farm and an army of veg-chomping, sea-splatting, sunrise-chasing followers that number somewhere north of a million today.
And whatever you may think about the head-spinning handstands, the free-range success, the gluten-free happiness, and the fact that becoming a vegan is plainly a big missed steak, there’s no question that Dave and Stephen Flynn talk the talk and walk the walk.
Even if it is on their hands.
These guys love what they do, and if the constant growth of The Happy Pear from a small fruit and veg shop on Church Road into a brand worth countless millions has come with the daunting challenge of squeezing a corporate boardroom inside a cottage industry, well, they clearly accept that tricky task too.
So, as they unveil a top-of-the-free-range bakery at their Church Road HQ tomorrow, and their latest book, Vegan Cooking For Everyone, hits the shelves today, we caught up with the Flynnstones to see just how their world domination plans are coming along…
You can catch up with all the latest Happy Pear shenanigans over on their website right about here, and jump back to our 2016 Pearville int here.
To provide the best experiences, we use technologies like cookies to store and/or access device information. Consenting to these technologies will allow us to process data such as browsing behaviour or unique IDs on this site. Not consenting or withdrawing consent, may adversely affect certain features and functions.
Functional Always active
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.