DCU National Centre for Family Business
Homecare Independent Living
Homecare Independent Living was founded in 1995 by Mairead Mackle, with the aim of providing healthcare services across Northern Ireland. Since then, the company has expanded and diversified. We speak to Mairead Mackle, CEO, about how the company and the family innovate and give back to the community.
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven is a second generation family run business with two sites in Leighlinbridge, Carlow and Kilquade, Wicklow. We speak to Rachel Doyle about the business founding, family involvement and succession
Donnelly Fresh Foods
Donnelly Fresh Foods is a third generation family owned company. A strong management team led by a non-family managing director ensures the business’ growth today. We speak to Brian Doyle about family and non-family dynamics
In 1926, the grandparents of the current Keeling siblings began growing rhubarb on their land in Fingal, North County Dublin. The second generation owner, Joe Keeling, established Keelings wholesale in 1973. We speak to third generation, David Keeling
In 1983, Bill Price established Rockabill Seafood Ltd. and built the company’s processing plant in Balbriggan in 1998. The plant processes shellfish from live to frozen for retail own brand and company brand, “Taste of the Sea”. We speak to second and third generation owners, Bill and Alan price.
In 1975, Neville Jenkinson established a ship liner agency in Dublin, marking the start of Jenkinson Logistics. From representing shipping lines, the company grew and so did the services provided. We speak to Gareth Jenkinson, son of the founder, who joined the business in the 1990’s.
Stafford Lynch Ltd. was established in 1974 by Matt Lynch and Ray Stafford, two former colleagues of a large Irish food company. he company imports global brands such as Schwartz, Kleenex, and Wilkinson Sword, and distributes these, in addition to Irish brands. We speak to Eimear Lynch, second generation owner.
Matthews Coach Hire
Noel Matthews is the Managing Director of second generation family business, Matthews Coach Hire. His father Paddy founded the business when he bought his first bus in 1995. Today, the company operates a full fleet that provide direct commuter services in Ireland. We speak to Noel about next generation planning.
Datascan Document Services is a family owned and operated outsourced document and information processing organisation. Located just off the M50 in Finglas, it employs 50 staff in a variety of full and part time positions. Datascan works with some of Ireland’s leading companies for information processing and has a wealth of experience in Document Services and Medical Records Processing. In this interview we speak to Founder and Chairman of Datascan, Padraic Cafferty, and Director of Datascan, Orla Cafferty.
Established in 1979 by Martin and Joan Tully, Tully Nurseries & Plant Centre is one of Ireland’s premier suppliers of plants. The business has expanded, with today’s site now 25 acres and producing over 1 million plants per annum. We speak to the founder, Martin Tully about the next step and business expansion.
Grand Hotel Malahide
Matthew and Maureen Ryan entered the hospitality trade in 1960 when they opened a large tavern in Kildare. In 1974, the couple made the decision to buy the Grand Hotel Malahide—a 180 year old hotel with a succession of prominent owners.We speak to second generation owner, Al Ryan.
Tomás Horgan is a second generation Managing Director of Waterford’s largest transport business, Dungarvan Transport Ltd.. Tomás and his brother, Gerard, are both company directors and sole shareholders of the business. We speak to Tomás about the benefits of family and non-family management.
Bennett Hospitality was founded by Michael Bennett in Charleston, South Carolina and runs the business with his son, Jack. Mike Bennett speaks to us about shedding the image of of a city dominated by a cluster of well-inherited families, and future of the family business.
The Flanagan Group
Brian, Barry and Tara Flanagan make up the second generation of the family owned Flanagan Group. In 1973, parents, Joe and Marie founded the group in Kildare town where they bought, refurbished and rebranded a local pub. We speak to the three Flanagan siblings about leaving a unique mark on the family business.