The inaugural Machinery Movers Magazine Industry Awards sponsored by AIB Finance & Leasing took place on March 5th 2016 in Mount Wolseley Hotel in Tullow Co Carlow with 420 guests in attendance. The awards recognise excellence and reward outstanding achievements of individuals, operators and companies in the area of construction and quarry machinery. The latest annual review from AECOM shows that the recovery in the Irish construction sector picked up considerable pace in 2015 and shows no sign of slowing down. The sector contributes 126,000 jobs and was valued at €12.25bn in 2015, a 14% rise on 2014, and double-digit growth is anticipated for 2016.
Winners of the company awards included Shannon Valley for Demolition Company of the year Sponsored by Dungannon Plant Sales; Creagh Concrete won Quarry Company of the year sponsored by CDE Global; Atlantic Plant Hire won Contract Crusher of the year sponsored by SANDVIK; Whelan Plant Sales won Attachment Dealer of the year sponsored by Geith; Shannon Valley won Special Construction Project sponsored by FJS Plant Ltd; Vincent Dempsey Plant Hire won Plant Hire Company of the year Sponsored by Liam Coyne Tyres and Swan Plant Hire won Irish Rental Firm 2016 Sponsored by Thwaites. Pat O’Donnell from Pat O Donnell & Co. was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Close Brothers Commercial Finance.
Operators were put through their paces at the National Construction Training Facility in Mount Lucas on February 20th by a judging panel of experts. Winners of the operator awards included Paddy Patton for Large Excavator Operator of the year sponsored by Case Construction; Gary Ryan won Rockbreaker Operator of the year sponsored by Rockbreakers; Mark Kinahan won Articulated Hauler Operator of the year sponsored by Pat O’Donnell & Co.; PJ Culleton won Wheeled Loader Operator of the year sponsored by Volvo; Vincent Troy won Mini Excavator Operator of the year sponsored by Kubota UK; Hugh Ryan won Bulldozer Operator of the year sponsored by TOPCON; Martin McGuire won Tipper Truck Operator of the year sponsored by Renault Trucks and Oliver Rigney won Wheeled Excavator Operator of the year Sponsored by Whelan Plant Sales.