O'Hara Gutters celebrated its 20 years in business today with cake and drinks. Started in 1992 the business has seen both good times and bad but has kept their ethos of quality service and products, community spirit and development, and craftmanship.
As part of the celebration Paddy O'Hara was prsented with a lifetime achievement award by the employees. The proud entrepreneur and M.D. of the business commented
On Friday 29th April, An Taoiseach kindly accepted an invitation from Paddy O'Hara, Managing Director of O'Hara Gutters Limited to officially open the new extension of their Office and Factory.
O'Hara Gutters, the company that Paddy O'Hara has built, welcomed an Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, TD to Tubbercurry on 29th April when he opened the €1 million new premises and announced the creation of 30 further jobs.
'Business Sligo' was there to capture the magic of this special day in rural Tubbercurry, and we include a pictorial on pages 26 and 27. This was the day when a local community turned out to support, and to congratulate, one of their own - and, of course, to meet an Taoiseach.
They also came to celebrate the announcement of 30 new jobs! O'Hara Gutters, once the planned further extension has been built, will give employment to 60 people, mostly drawn from the locality. This development of a local indigenous business is hugely significant, particularly in an area once ravaged by emigration. Indeed, Paddy O'Hara himself 'learned the trade' in England.
Joining Paddy and his team on the day were the Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Cllr Margaret Gormley; Sligo County Manager, Hubert Kearns; Sen. Eamon Scanlon MCC; Sen. Geraldine Feeney; Dr Jimmy Devins T.D., John Perry, T.D., John Ellis, T.D. and Marion Harkin, M.E.P.
O'Hara Gutters have undertaken some recent major projects across the country for such customers as MBNA, Portlaoise Prison and the new Clarion Hotel in Sligo. Work at the Clarion Hotel involved the restoration and reinstatement of the original cast iron gutters dating back 150 years!
Full article available in the June 2005 edition of Business Sligo.