Based in Killarney, Healy Construction specialises in formwork, concrete and structural steel buildings. The family business was established over 40 years ago by Paddy Healy, whose son Paudie now runs the company.
Paddy built his first slatted unit in Killarney in 1979 and quickly earned a reputation for quality, reliability and value-for-money. For many years, Healy Construction focused on the construction side of farm buildings before leaning more towards concrete formwork. The Healy’s make their own forms which are 5.4m in length and 2.4m in height, and are designed to fit PERI formwork systems. PERI is recognised as one of the world’s leading formwork, scaffolding and engineering providers, and is the reliable partner for the whole construction process in all phases of your project.
“We still build smaller sheds, but formwork and shuttering are the main services we now provide,” Paudie explains.
“We have our own truck and rear-mounted crane that can extend to 50ft which is a big advantage for formwork. Dad got his first rear-mounted truck in 1995 which was a game-changer for us. We’re on our third one now which is a Volvo FM400 with a HIAB 144 Hi Duo E5 crane that was bought from Cahir House Machinery. We’ve just bought a new HIAB 288 E6 from Cahir House which will be fitted in January with a 52ft crane. We started making our own shuttering pans in 2006 and haven’t looked back since.”
Healy Construction works alongside highly-skilled steel erectors to make the best-built slatted sheds. “We would normally recommend Stephen O’Connor, who is a top-class guy,” Paudie says. Tim Counihan supplies the Readymix, Doyle Concrete in Kilkenny and Fogarty Concrete in Nenagh supply cattle slats, MC Group in Killarney supplies the steel, Sitetech Building Products in Cork supplies the formwork materials, while Healy Construction buy their cutting equipment from Accura Diamond Tools in Dublin.
“Leane’s Tool Hire in Killarney is our main tool supplier and MD O’Shea Hardware in Killarney supplies the fixtures and fittings.
The Co. Kerry company is committed to providing an outstanding product and service at the most competitive price. All of its buildings are solid, secure, attractive in appearance and are built to last a lifetime.
Healy Construction boasts a growing customer-base in East Kerry and North Cork thanks to the quality of its work and its strong presence on social media. “We regularly update our social media platforms and have a large following on Instagram. Farmers are getting younger and they’re all using social media. It’s a great way to get noticed.”
The family-run concern has undoubtedly benefited from the abolition of milk quotas back in 2015, while TAMS II – under which farmers can avail of generous grant aid – has also been good for business. On the flip side, however, there’s COVID-19 and Brexit.
“The coronavirus had a big impact on our business in 2020, while the continued uncertainty surrounding Brexit is an even bigger cause for concern. The price of milk dictates everything and has a domino effect. Like every dairy farmer in Ireland, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the Brexit trade talks will produce a satisfactory outcome from our point of view,” Paudie concludes.
Healy Construction would like to take this opportunity to thank its customers and suppliers for their continued support.
Telephone: 086 1289699 (Paudie) / 087 2531553 (Paddy)
Email: [email protected]
First published in Irish Tractor & Agri magazine Vol 9 No 2, March/April 2021