Family firm built on passion and pride
I MET Tony O'Mahony and his three sons on a Friday evening and the encounter left me feeling energised for the weekend.
This family-run contracting operation, based in Bandon, Co Cork, has built a reputation founded on passion, pride and energy. And I can vouch that the team's enthusiasm and appetite for work is truly infectious.
The business is built around four elements: silage and forage, plant work, truck haulage and general slurry, and cultivation duties.
By its nature, it is hard, low margin work, but the business is sustained by attention to customer needs and speedy service.
It is a real family effort, involving three of Mr O'Mahony's four sons. Micheál keeps an eye on the overall business finance and work schedule; Seán looks after the baling operation, breakdowns and maintenance; while Dermot looks after the truck and haulage duties.
Mr O'Mahony's wife Margaret also plays her part – indeed the men are quick to describe her as being "the strong, quiet backbone to the business".
Mrs O'Mahony takes her job of ensuring all staff are given regular hot meals very seriously. Whenever possible, she insists on bringing staff into the family kitchen rather than letting them eat on the job. Staff appreciate this personal touch and it also allows for better communication and work scheduling between the team.
The firm now offers a vast range of agricultural services to its large customer base. Services include: