Today we celebrate our 50th year in operation
This day 50 years ago at a small site on Richmond Avenue in Fairview Dublin 3, with 3 employees, Pat O’Donnell & Co. was formed by Pat O’Donnell, Managing Director, who continues at the helm today. At the time Pat acquired the sole agency for the Volvo range of wheel loaders and dump trucks.
Fifty years later, and in addition to our new Head Office at Chapelizod, Dublin 20, opened in 2005, we have locations in Portadown, opened in 1970, Galway, opened in 1980, and Cork, opened in 1982. There are currently 95 employees and we have a new sister company POD Marine with a site in Dun Laoghaire with 2 further employees.
Caution married with entrepreneurship has guided this company through recessions, none greater than the economic collapse in 2008 and in this year of our anniversary the COVID 19 pandemic is an unexpected challenge. However, this company has had two key strengths in its history, firstly our suppliers and their unparalleled products but secondly, and most importantly the individuals who have worked here since day one. Since its inception our guiding principle is to meet and exceed the needs of the Irish market, today in the midst of the pandemic we are open for our customers who operate in the essential services only, however, we look forward to being able to serve all our customers in the near future but most importantly we wish good health and well-being to our employees, our customers, our suppliers and all their families.