Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts keeps you motoring

14 Mar , 2024  

Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts is a leading supplier of premium lubricants, batteries and tools to the motor, agri and marine sectors.

With branches in Midleton, Cork City (Togher) and Limerick (trading as A+ Auto Parts & Batteries), the award-winning company is well placed to cater for the needs of clients across Munster. Representing top brands such as Milwaukee and Sealey tools, Mannol and GEM Oils lubricants, and Varta, PROBOX and Fiamm batteries, Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts supplies products to a wide range of main and independent agri dealers in the region, including Atkins Farm Machinery, Mc & S Agrisales, Cavanagh’s of Fermoy, Coleman’s Millstreet, Gavin McCarthy Tractors, B&N Rockbreakers, West Waterford Agri, Lynch McCarthy and McCarthy’s Plant & Agri Sales.

“While the agri sector only accounts for about 20% of our overall business, it’s something we’re very passionate about. You won’t meet straighter or more decent people,” managing director Tadhg Hawes says.

“Lubricants, batteries and tools are our speciality, and we have everything covered from that point of view. We provide the complete package. We became an agent for Milwaukee tools two years ago and that has opened a lot of doors for us. The brand has a cult following. We’ve been extremely busy since the pandemic ended. Repairs are well up in both the automotive and agri sectors, and that has had a knock-on effect for us.”

The Hawes name has been synonymous with the motor trade in Cork since the mid-1960s when Tadhg’s father Joseph began supplying parts to local garages. This led to him setting up Joseph Hawes Motor Factors in Midleton in 1974.

Tadhg eventually took over the business – which had been trading as AD Ireland since 2003 – in 2012 and renamed it Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts. Three years earlier, he purchased his first van – a silver 2006-registered Renault Trafic – from which he sold automotive batteries directly to garages. He then began supplying batteries to agri stores across Cork before taking on his first employee in 2011 and putting a second van on the road selling engine lubricants to garages and agri stores along with batteries.

After taking over his father’s business, Tadhg took on five employees to run the battery business and motor factors from under the same roof in Midleton. He also purchased three delivery vans at this time. In 2014, he increased his team to 14 and this was followed in 2015 by the opening of the Cork City branch in Togher.

Tadhg added new product lines from Fiamm batteries and Laser tools in 2016 before joining the Cookstown. Co. Tyrone-headquartered FG7 buying group the following year to ensure his business remained competitive in an ever-changing market and to safeguard its future. As a group, FG7 offers a vast range of quality products backed by dependably high service levels. To ensure that FG7 can deliver on its promise, stocks are specifically focused on the Irish market. Behind-the-scenes and supporting FG7 members are the most up-to-date IT systems which ensure that stock and pricing is as sharp as can be.

“Being part of the FG7 Group has brought us closer to some of the manufacturers. We wouldn’t have secured the Milwaukee or Sealey Group dealerships were we not part of it,” Tadhg reveals.

In 2017, Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts also launched its garage trade portal which allows customers to price, check availability and purchase parts online.

The family business has grown to employ 32 staff and has 20 vans covering Co. Cork and surrounding counties. Tadhg attributes the company’s growth and success to the experience and knowledge of his staff, the quality of its parts and products, and the advice and training he received from his father at the outset.

“He (Joseph Hawes) showed me the ropes and got me started. We wouldn’t have got to where we are today without him,” he explains.

“We have managed to recruit a high-calibre workforce who provide outstanding service to customers. They have a wealth of experience within the motor factor sector and are dedicated to solving all your motoring issues.”

With a wide range of components and parts to suit all vehicles, Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts stocks quality brands at competitive prices. Vans carrying out multiple daily deliveries ensure customers get their orders at their door on time, every time. There are thousands of parts in stock, from braking, filters, batteries and clutches to tools and garage equipment, engine oils, car paints, steering and shock absorbers. Top selling brands in the motor sector include Mintex brakes, Knecht filters, Moog steering parts, Luk clutches and NGK spark plugs.

Named Motor Factor of the Year for Munster at the 2019 Irish Auto Trade Awards, Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts is the largest distributor of automotive and commercial batteries in Cork. Tadhg and his team understand the different applications for battery requirements and pride themselves on meeting their customers’ battery needs, whether it’s for a car, HGV, motorcycle or tractor. They stock many brands of batteries, including Varta, Fiamm and their own PROBOX brand, which is purchased from a range of OE battery factories around the world.

“We’re committed to broadening our knowledge of batteries, a market that is getting more and more advanced every day. We keep our customers up to speed on battery applications and go above and beyond to find the solution to their queries,” the affable Cork man explains.

Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts’ mission statement is to “exceed our customers’ needs effectively and efficiently, and to support mechanics to perform at the highest level, whilst maintaining utmost integrity, quality and trust”.

Opening hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 12.30pm on Saturdays. Tadhg and his staff would be delighted to hear from you!

Tadhg Hawes Motor Parts

Cork branch:

Unit 8b,

South Cork Industrial Estate,

Vicar’s Road,



Telephone: 021 4316780

Midleton branch:

Grand Union House,

Drury’s Avenue,


Co. Cork

Telephone: 021 4634201

Web: www.thmp.ie

First published in Irish Tractor & Agri magazine Vol 11 No 6, December 2023/January 2024