L to r: Tom Parlon, Director General, CIF; Dominic Doheny, President, CIF; Donal Cahalane, Chairman, Cork Branch CIF; Brian Nolan, Immediate Past Chairman, Cork Branch CIF and Conor O’Connell, Regional Director Southern Region CIF
Donal Cahalane, Cahalane Bros has been elected Chairman of CIF Cork Branch.
The chain of office was handed over to Donal Cahalane at the Cork Branch AGM by the immediate past Chairman, Brian Nolan of O’Sheas Electrical, who wished him all be the best for his term as Chairman.
About Donal Cahalane
Donal Cahalane is a qualified Chartered Civil and Environmental Engineer and studied at University College Cork. Upon graduating Donal started his career with Laing O’Rourke as a site engineer on the Cannon Place Development in the City of London rising through a range of roles as the four-year project progressed. He also worked as a structural engineer with AKT, while on placement from Laing O’Rourke, where he gained further knowledge across numerous high-profile projects.
In 2012, he returned to Ireland to the family business, Cahalane Brothers Ltd, where he applied his experience to manage live projects and develop health and safety and quality systems for the company. However, with the market in the negative position, it was in 2013 he moved again this time to take on the challenge of delivering fast-track, large-scale data centres for a world leading client in Finland. While abroad Donal progressed to the position of lead Campus Engineer for the main contractor overseeing half a billion euros worth of work.
In 2015, with a small upturn in the market in Ireland, Donal returned to take an active role in the running of the family business alongside his father and Managing Director, Conor. Donal has served on the Cork Branch Executive of the CIF and is the third generation of the family to do so.
Newly elected Chairman of Cork Branch CIF Donal Cahalane and Brian Nolan, Immediate Past Chairman of Cork Branch CIF
Cahalane Bros focuses on work in Cork City and West Cork and covers the full range of Main Contracting services from house building to industrial and commercial developments. Recent projects of note include Clonakilty Black Pudding’s new factory, Bryce House restoration in Garnish Island and a swathe of refurbishments for AIB across Munster. The company prides itself on the competency of its staff and quality of workmanship. The company has a long history of training apprentices and currently has six apprentices on staff.
Conor O’Connell, CIF Regional Director, Southern Region
“I am delighted to welcome Donal Cahalane to the position of Chairman,” said Conor O’Connell, Regional Director, Southern Region, CIF. “Donal is a dedicated CIF member. He is the third generation of his family to serve on the Cork Branch Executive of CIF and will no doubt bring a new and unique perspective to the role. Donal’s experience working on large projects both here and abroad will be key as we usher in a new era of investment in Cork and the southern region, both in terms of Ireland 2040 and FDI coming in from abroad. The Construction Industry in the southern region has significant capacity to deliver the essential housing, infrastructure and specialist buildings underpinning the ambition outlined in the National Planning Framework, which represents a game-changer for the area and the Irish economy.”
Donal Cahalane, Chairman, CIF Cork Branch
Donal Cahalane said that he is honoured to have the opportunity to represent the Cork Branch as Chairperson.
“As a family business, Cahalane Brothers Ltd have a long history of contributing to the built environment in the region. During the next 12 months, I will endeavour to gain positive traction with those engaged with the Industry on key items including infrastructure for Cork, developing ways of providing affordable housing and attracting people to the industry as it builds momentum.”