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Ever-growing sawmills business is a family affair
DUHALLOW Sawmills Ltd was set up in 1986 by Richard Cullinane, who had trained as a carpenter and had been self- employed for a number of years as a building contractor.
Richard’s late father had worked in the forestry for many years and an uncle of his was involved in the timber business also, so Richard always had an interest in pursuing a career in the timber industry if an opportunity arose.
A piece of ground near his house camee up for sale in the early 80’s so Richard and wife, Mary, bought it and decided to start a sawmill there.
Initially, Richard did all the work himself, i.e. he sourced trees, cut them down, sawed them into fencing posts, strainers, rails etc.
During those early years many of their customers were Farm Relief Services and co-ops, of which they had many customers. Over the years Duhallow Sawmills diversified into a greater choice of fencing materials and also firewood.
They now buy in most of their fencing stock as this proves both more cost efficient for the business and their customers. They have a huge selection of all types of fencing material, and we can arrange delivery countrywide. Richard and Mary’s son Michael joined the company recently and his speciality is power-washing and painting roofs. Many of his customers to date are farmers who wish to have sheds, slatted units, yards etc washed and in some cases roofs re-painted.
Meanwhile, Mary has vast experience in administration work so she takes care of that side of the business. “I am currently doing a course on web-design and we also have a Facebook page which we find is a brilliant way of putting our message out there as regards what services we offer,” said Mary.
Michael, Mary and Ritchie Cullinane of Duhallow Sawmills, Dromagh.
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