Ex-construction boss delighted to pick up OBE
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)