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Ever-grow­ing sawmills busi­ness is a fam­ily af­fair

The Corkman - - OPINION -

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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