Ex-con­struc­tion boss de­lighted to pick up OBE

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THE for­mer head of Newry con­struc­tion firm, O’hare & Mc­gov­ern, has re­ceived an OBE for ser­vices to the con­struc­tion in­dus­try and en­trepreneur­ship in North­ern Ire­land.

Ed­ward Charles O’hare — known as Ea­mon — joined the com­pany as a civil en­gi­neer in 1986 and a year later, took over the role as con­tracts di­rec­tor. He was then ap­pointed man­ag­ing di­rec­tor in 1998, a po­si­tion he held for al­most 20 years. Mr O’hare served on the Gen­eral Con­trac­tors and Civil En­gi­neer­ing com­mit­tees as a coun­cil mem­ber of the Con­struc­tion Em­ploy­ers Fed­er­a­tion (CEF), the in­dus­try’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive body in North­ern Ire­land.

In 2000, he be­came a Fel­low of the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Build­ing (FCIOB), the world­wide pro­fes­sional body which rep­re­sents con­struc­tion and prop­erty pro­fes­sion­als who work within the built en­vi­ron­ment.

Along with his wife, Kath­leen, the re­tir­ing prin­ci­pal of Hazel- wood In­te­grated Col­lege, Belfast, and sons, Cathal, a di­rec­tor with OHMG, and Dar­ren, one of the com­pany’s project man­agers, Mr O’hare re­ceived his OBE at an in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

He said he was de­lighted to have been in­cluded in Queen El­iz­a­beth’s Birth­day Hon­ours List. He added: “I re­gard this ac­co­lade not just for my­self, but as a recog­ni­tion for the con­tri­bu­tion which O’hare & Mc­gov­ern has made to the in­dus­try through­out the UK and Ire­land.”

Ea­mon O’hare, wife Kath­leen, and sons, Dar­ren and Cathal (right)

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