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Gills Driving School offer a wide range of services

Moving forward faster The Gill Group has emerged as one of the leading Driving School's in the West of Ireland, but as Irish Trucker learned there are a lot more strings to this company's bow as they celebrate their 40th anniversary.

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The father and son team of Tiernan Gill and Tiernan Gills Snr

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he Gill Group, operate from their headquarters at Church Road, Ballina Co Mayo. Since this family run organisations' inception in 1972 the group has seen a whole new suite of businesses added as well as diversification within the group. Initially, the company was set up as Gill's Driving School in 1972 by Tiernan Gill Snr with just a Ford Anglia … but how things have changed in those forty years and the Gill Group now encompasses five very successful business entities. With the help of Managing Director Tiernan Gill, we profile the Gill Group and the companies that make up this family run business. Starting with Gill's Driving School, Tiernan reveals that they cater for all types of vehicle training. “Today we have a whole new fleet of vehicles offering licence acquisition in cars, jeep and trailer, rigid lorry, artic, minibus and coach in Ballina, Castlebar & Sligo as well as car tuition in Belmullet and Castlebar. All instructors are ADI qualified with the Road Safety Authority,” said Tiernan “First of all, we provide license acquisition training for learners in cars, rigid trucks, articulated trucks, buses, IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


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minibuses, jeeps and trailers. We also provide theory classes for all of these groups. “In addition, we provide fleet training services including advanced driving, defensive driving, occupational driver training and eco driving. “And we have been approved by the Road Safety Authority in all three centres to deliver driver CPC training. Under the terms of the Certificate of Professional Competency, all professional drivers will have to undertake one day's training every year for five years. This was introduced for bus drivers in September 2008 and will commence for truck drivers in September of this year.” In 2011 Gills Driving School were one of three fleet trainers in the country who were awarded Advanced Driving Contract with the ESB. All their Fleet Trainers are RoSPA Diploma holders, and have a certificate in training and development, members of IAM and the DIA. Gills Fleet Training also offer the following: CPC Driver Training; With 15 Road Safety Authority approved centres registered for CPC - Gills have the country covered.

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Registered centres are located in Ballina, Castlebar x 2, Sligo x 2, Carrick on Shannon, Roscommon Town, Longford, Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Cork, Thurles, Kilkenny and Arklow. “We also provide Advanced Driver Training; Occupational Driver Training; Eco Driving, Towing Courses, Load Securement, 4 x 4 on / off road; Driving for work policy preparation; Driving assessments; Bus Eireann Safety Statements; Hazchem (ADR) and Digital Tachograph courses.” Gill's Driving School is just one of five sections under the company umbrella and now we take a look at the rest of them. Brooklands Gas Ltd: FLOGAS is the household name around the West of Ireland for bottled gas. They are a bottling and distribution plant for Flogas bottled propane and butane cylinders. This is one of Ireland's largest gas bottling and filling plants in operation. Known as the “bottle with the collar”the safest cylinder on the market, Brooklands Gas Ltd supply bottled gas

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to shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels, take-aways, households, B&B's in Counties Mayo, Galway , Leitrim and Sligo. Brooklands Bedding Ltd: Set up by Tiernan Gill Jnr, Brooklands Bedding Ltd are equitation people who know what they are talking about. Brooklands Bedding supply different grades of product to suit different animal types including dust extracted white wood shavings. “We deliver nationwide and no order is too big or small. We have a Moffett Mounty for loading and unloading. We are Distributors of Gain Horse Feed for Connacht and are Stockists of Gain Horse Feed.” Brooklands Oil Ltd: “We are now affiliated to Top Oil, so you can place your order for home heating oil or fuel for your business or farm. You can also pay your account at our office.” Tiernan Gill Equestrian: The Gill Group has been given approval by Horse Sport Ireland and the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food to present CERTIFICATE IN

EQUINE TRANSPORT. Again, this is a new venture for the Gill Group and Tiernan is confident that this added service that is now offered will make them leaders in the training field. This course is aimed at persons who drive a horse truck or trailer (transporting horses) over 65KM. These course are running in major venues throughout Ireland or by request. His experience together with Tiernan Gill Snr in the equine industry down through the years makes him ideally placed to be presenting this course They have also had some great show jumpers over the past few years. They have won classes for 5-Year olds and 3-Year old loose jumping and had the Supreme Champion Young Horse in the RDS twice over the last ten years. They have represented Ireland in Lanacken, Belgium in the 5-Year olds Gill Group can be contacted at 096 73030 or see www.gillgroup.ie “On behalf of everyone at the Gill Group we would like to thank all our customers who have loyally supported us over the last forty years and we look forward to servicing your needs well into the future,” concluded Tiernan

CONTACT DETAILS: Gill Group Church Road, Ballina, County Mayo. Ireland Tel: 096 73030 Fax: 096 21854 info@gillgroup.ie www.gillroup.ie

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Full of the Pipe: bigger and better Yes folks, its back, the Full of the Pipe Truck Show is heading for Cavan on June 3rd and 4th.

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he event organisers Kevin Mulqueen and Colin Hegarty have moved venue and this year’s show will be held in the Cavan Equestrian Centre on the June Bank Holiday weekend. Following the success of last year’s event, Kevin and Colin have ensured that the show will be more appealing to wider audience with many more attractions included. The timing of the show is also a big bonus as hauliers will not feel that they have to rush home, given that it is a Bank Holiday weekend. The spirit of competition that manifests itself at these shows can be as intense as any sporting contest. The fevered brow of competitors just before the judging is announced and the inevitable post mortems that take place later are all part and parcel of these events. The banter that accompanies these events is an essential ingredient. So too is the praise and admiration that is heaped on the various winners. And where there are winners, there must be losers and the promise to come back next year with a winning entry. A NEW COVERED VENUE Kevin speaks to us about the 2012 Full of the Pipe and explains their reasons for moving from Athlone IT. “We decided that due to the unpredictable weather in Ireland, we needed a venue that was indoors, but to find one that was capable of housing so many trucks over the one weekend was going to be a problem,” said Kevin. “I was at an event in Ennis when I asked a lad was there an equestrian centre in the country that could facilitate us and he immediately said ‘yes in Cavan town’. “As soon as we saw the place, we were very impressed. The venue is on a 25 acre site, with the most of that inside, which allows truckers bring their trucks in the night before and they won’t have to be washing them again the next morning.” Kevin admits that the venue also allows more Northern hauliers to attend IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


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he feels that logistically it is ideally place to host the event. “It’s a top class facility, simple as that and the location was key for us as lads from across the border will have easy access to the show.” BROADENING THE APPEAL Kevin revealed that after the success of last year’s show; the interest in this year’s has increased considerably, thus leading to the bigger venue. “There is a greater interest in this year’s show and the amount of people contacting us looking for information is unreal. We are not just catering for the truckers this year though, as car enthusiasts will also be catered for along with all the family. “We decided to introduce the elite cars as an added feature and this should attract a number of car enthusiasts, who normally wouldn’t attend truck shows. But this is a full on truck festival and one that we hope to see many truckers attend. So why not come along and enjoy the weekend’s fun. “There will be many trade stands on site over the weekend also, the majority of which will be catering for the haulage industry, while there will be others for the cars and even the children. “There are a lot more attractions for the kids too, like face painting, amusements, magic shows and that sort of thing. The theme for the weekend is Country & Western and we will have a live band playing.” IRELAND’S BEST SCANIA 143 Truckers are not requested to register for the event on June 2nd and it will be on a first come, first served basis. There are new categories added to the show, meaning that there are over 20 awards up for grabs. “The main event will be to find the Ireland’s best Scania 143. This will be a very interesting category and there has been loads of interest in it. The 143 is the most popular truck in Ireland and this is our way of honouring it.” GENEROUS SPONSORS Of course, there would be no show with the support of the sponsors and to this end, Full of the Pipe is very fortunate as Boreman Lighting, are the main sponsors, while Moran Signs, Spa Transport and the Cavan Crystal Hotel are also sponsoring the event. “Without the sponsors, we wouldn’t have a show, so I’m grateful to them and the many people that have helped out in organising the event. I’m not going to name them individually as I’m sure I’ll leave someone out, but they know who they are.” For truckers looking to stay over, the Cavan Crystal is offering a special deal for anyone attending the event. CHARITY SUPPORT This year’s show will see part of the money raised from the show go to a worthwhile charity. “Last year, we gave some of the proceeds to the Bernardo’s Children’s Charity and we will be doing the same this year, so we ask everyone to come along and support the event.” For further information contact Kevin Mulqueen on 0860850015 or Colin Hegarty on 0868051222.

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Trucker’s eye view At the end of the day, Full of the Pipe is all about the truckers. It’s the hauliers who make the show a success; it’s their participation, enthusiasm and support that renders the truck shows worthwhile. We spoke with two men who regularly bring lorries to the event – Gerry McQuaid of Dunsany Haulage Ltd. in Meath and Shane Kelly of Kieran Kelly Haulage Ltd. in Ennis, County Clare – to get their views on this key date in the Irish truck show calendar… o doubting where the place to be for truckers is this June Bank Holiday weekend! Full of the Pipe is back and Cavan Equestrian Centre will play host to the 2012 event on Sunday June 3rd (11am – 7pm) and Monday June 4th (11am – 3pm), with registrations taking place on a first-come, first-served basis on the Saturday, from 2pm until midnight. It’s going to be a truly spectacular trucking extravaganza and regular visitors Gerry McQuaid of Dunsany Haulage and Shane Kelly of Kieran Kelly Haulage intend to offer their support again.

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Irish Trucker spoke to both men during the countdown to the show to get their perspective on a show that’s rapidly gaining momentum. GERRY MCQUAID, DUNSANY HAULAGE Meath man Gerry is particularly looking forward to the craic: “It’s a great social gathering for truckers

and you get to meet a lot of lads … lads you’d meet at all the shows. It’s always nice to catch up with them again. “Shows like this are very scarce now - you’d be lucky to have three or four in Ireland in a year – so we have to support them. It would be a disaster if there were no more shows anymore; it’s a great weekend for us. The Full of the Pipe has taken over from Boot to the Headlight as probably the main show now and it’s a very good social event. There’s also a show down in Fermoy, County Cork and another one up north and we try to go to them all. We’ll definitely be in Cavan in June.” Gerry has collected a number of prizes at Full of the Pipe over the years and he’ll probably be in contention again in 2012. “We tend to do well enough at every show,” he comments. “I think we took home two prizes last year, which was good. But the 57


standard is very high. It’s getting harder to win an award. Lads are looking after their trucks better now than ever before…” The economic crash has left everybody with considerably less money in their pockets but Irish hauliers haven’t lost their pride and that’s why vehicles – not just at shows but also on the road every day – are generally maintained in tip-top condition. “In the current climate, lads haven’t money to be spending on new trucks and a lot of them wouldn’t have much to spend on their existing trucks either, but they are looking after them all the same, even though there’s obviously not the same money being spent as there was back in the boom times.” How many trucks will Gerry bring to Full of the Pipe 2012? “We’ll bring two or three – probably two Volvos and the T-cab Scania that’s known as ‘The Hunky Dory Truck’. It won two prizes for us last year and I think it did the same the year before,” the proprietor of Dunsany Haulage notes. “Sure we’ll make a weekend of it and we’ll have a few drinks on the first night and see how it goes.” It has developed into a good family occasion, too, with plenty of attractions for everyone. Will the McQuaid clan be tagging along, then? “They went down to the show in 2010 and to be honest the truck scene isn’t their scene,” Gerry reveals. “This year I think the organisers do 58

seem to be going more into the whole family thing and they are trying to appeal to more age groups, but I’d say my crew will be staying at home!” Gerry has nothing but praise for Kevin Mulqueen and Colin Hegarty, whose work in organising the show every year is enormous: “It’s very professionally organised. I’ll tell you one thing: something like this is very hard to pull off and I certainly wouldn’t like to be the one organising it! It’s a professional as you could possibly get and you have to give the lads great credit. “This year’s event will be better too with the indoor arena. The weather has been a big factor in the past but we’ll be immune to that this time. There was an awful lot of rain last year and that turned a lot of people away.” Over the years, Gerry has travelled to truck shows all over the island – Wexford, Cork, Belfast, Ennis, Athlone etc. He’s looking forward to seeing what Cavan has to offer as a venue. He’s also looking forward to having a look at the trade stands etc. and seeing what innovations are on display this year: “Of course you pick up bits and pieces and you get talking to other people in the industry, who are perhaps involved in different aspects of trucking, and you learn about life in other areas. It’s interesting to get a view of the bigger picture of what’s going on in haulage in Ireland.


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“While there will be a lot of the same people turning up at these shows year in, year out, you will always meet new people and learn from people with a fresh perspective on things. You’ll meet lads from different areas of the industry, from different parts of the country and you might be able to put a bit of work their way – or they might be able to give you a bit of work. That’s what this weekend is all about, that’s the sort of spirit that exists between the people who attend. We work together and try to help each other out and share a bit of work if we can.” Gerry had been driving trucks for 16 years now. He’s been out on his own for five years now, having been part of a partnership for two years prior to that. Dunsany Haulage provides a premium groupage service (full loads, part loads, back loads, single pallets, hazardous materials etc.), with a fleet of four artics and two vans on the road at present. SHANE KELLY, KIERAN KELLY HAULAGE Shane Kelly, transport manager with sand and gravel specialist Kieran Kelly Haulage in Ennis, is another man who loves the Full of the Pipe show, although the venue is a little bit further away for him this year as the round trip from Cavan to Clare will be a costly one. “Athlone suited us better, as it was only 90 minutes away,” he says. Shane 60

took the family company’s flagship Iveco to the show in the midlands last year, while his brother PJ drove the old Hino. “We got a couple of plaques out of it,” he recalls. “I’m sure the 2012 event is going to be another great success. We’re hoping to make it, even if it’s going to cost a bit more to bring the two trucks. It’s a great weekend but it’s a pity you have to think about justifying bringing two trucks to Cavan and back with no loads in them, especially when things are so quiet in the industry at the moment. “Dad doesn’t mind us going up to it but it would definitely be more practical if we were working away full steam ahead, which isn’t the case, unfortunately. We have some busy days but there are quiet days too. “I enjoyed the show last year in Athlone. I stayed up in the truck for the three nights and it was good craic. The lads from the North are good craic and it would be nice to meet up with those lads again. “It’s a great show and I’m hoping to make it.” The harsh realities of the life of a modern trucker are never far away but Full of the Pipe 2012 is on its way and will provide some welcome respite from these worries and concerns. Gerry McQuaid will definitely be there … we’ve a sneaky feeling Shane and PJ Kelly will make it too. Some things simply cannot be resisted! IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


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Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing & Event Centre This year sees the leading Irish truck show move to a new venue and - in Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing & Event Centre - Full of the Pipe may have finally found its ideal home. As the countdown continued to June Bank Holiday weekend, we headed into the Breffni County and caught up with Stuart Clarke, general manager of the largest equestrian complex in the country, to get more details on the scene of the 2012 event.

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ne of the first things to stand out is the ease of access. Located on the outskirts of Cavan town, easily accessible from all directions, Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing & Event Centre is the biggest and busiest equestrian centre in the country. It may be renowned for showjumping and all other equestrian events, with proven success in organising and running international performance horse and pony sales, but it is also becoming increasingly popular as an events centre. 12,000 SQ. METRES OF INDOOR CAPACITY One of the real draws of the 2012 Full of the Pipe is that it will take place indoors. With 12,000 square metres of indoor space available (as

well as outdoor areas), the weather issues that plagued previous Full of the Pipes has been put to bed for once and for all. About five years ago, major re-development transformed Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing & Event Centre into a versatile venue for hosting all sorts of events – large scale or small scale, concerts or exhibitions, indoor or outdoor. The aforementioned 12,000 square metres capacity comprises three arenas all under one roof: Arena One has 3,888 square metres of floor space as well as three balconies; Arena Two boasts 1,375 square metres; and Arena Three also has two more balconies as well as 2,670 square metres of space. IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


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There is also a large sand arena, two grass arenas, a restaurant, two bars, full lighting, heating and electricity as well as a PA system throughout, toilets, changing rooms and paved tarmacadam truck and car parking facilities. Car parking attendants are provided as well as the use of administration offices, meeting rooms etc. In the past, Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing & Event Centre has played host to concerts by the likes of Kenny Rogers, Christy Moore and Jedward as well as wedding fairs, a military vehicle show, farm machinery shows, a modified car show, an ideal home show etc. THE MOVE TO CAVAN In every conceivable way, Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing & Event Centre sounds like the perfect partner for Full of the Pipe – so how did the 2012 event end up being staged here? “Kevin [Mulqueen, organiser] contacted me to say they were interested in using the Centre and we took it from there,” recalls general manager Stuart Clarke. “I believe he had previously ran the event in Ennis Equestrian Centre,

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but they then moved to Athlone IT but the bad weather hampered the show. “The great thing about our facility is that we can run the show indoors so the weather would have no effect. We have three large indoor halls and the whole show will be staged inside and that’s a huge positive for any event such as this. I think that was one of the organisers’ main considerations, but we’re also in a good location here and have plenty of experience of hosting events of this nature.” A BIG ULSTER SUPPORT PREDICTED Stuart is optimistic that Full of the Pipe 2012 has the makings of a massive success: “I’d say it’s going to be a very successful show,” he adds. “There has been a huge interest in it in the weeks and months running up to the event and there’s a big trucking fraternity in Northern Ireland who will be coming into Cavan to attend, as well as visitors from all over Ireland. I think it could develop into a good thing.” THE EQUESTRIAN SIDE Of course, horses are at the core of activity at this venue. Cavan Horse


Marketing Centre hosts approximately 25 sales per year from performance bred foals up to showjumpers plus registered Irish draught and registered Connemara pony sales. In addition to what has previously been mentioned, the superb facilities include 450 permanent stables; indoor and outdoor (allweather) arenas; and saddlery and equestrian clothing shops. Purchasers travel to Cavan Equestrian Centre from all over Ireland, the UK, Scandinavia, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, France, the USA, etc. The Centre hosts some of the largest showjumping events in Ireland and has also been chosen by a number of societies / associations to stage their major equine events including: Northern Ireland Dressage Festival; Horse Sport Ireland Stallion Inspections; Northern Ireland Working Hunter & Showing Festival; Irish Pony Society National Championships; National Dressage C h a m p i o n s h i p s ; EquiFestival; and Cob Society “We are the busiest showjumping venue in Ireland and there are around 25 horse and pony auctions here every year,” Stuart

confirms. So when did the Centre start hosting non-equestrian type events such as concerts, shows and exhibitions? “I suppose we’ve always done it to an extent but we’ve certainly stepped it up since we expanded the Centre in 2007. We’ve held a few machinery shows already this year, in January / February, which were very successful. “Basically, we rent the facilities out to the organisers of the events held at Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing & Event Centre but we also provide our own expertise and knowledge of the venue to help them run it. “We’re just off the Cavan Bypass and there is convenient access and lots of space on site, including hardcore car / truck parking. “Full of the Pipe is a new venture for us and we’re looking forward to it. It should be a very good show and I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome the hauliers of Ireland to our Centre.” Okay, guys, you know the drill: Cavan Equestrian, Horse Marketing & Event Centre … be there or be square. (lol, smiley face)

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All the small things With a major undertaking such as a truck show, it’s the little things that make the difference. The beauty is in the detail, as they say. While Full of the Pipe 2012 is naturally a truck show first and foremost, no effort has been spared in ensuring that it’s also much more than a mere truck show. Let’s take a look at some of the extras that will make June Bank Holiday weekend a weekend to remember in Cavan… Moran Signs worked on this Mick O’Hara Haulage cab

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Cavan Equestrian Centre, the annual Autofest (car show) is also going to be worth viewing. Then you have all the usual stands, displays, exhibits, the trucks themselves, the truckers, the food and drink, the craic. A free truck wash for those taking part… And entry is a mere €10 (free for children under ten). Could be the best value to be had anywhere this year! (And value is so damned scarce these days…) The show opens to the public from 11am on the Sunday. There’s

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so much to do and see that literally anybody with the slightest interests in trucks or cars needs to be there. AUTOFEST As side attractions go, the Autofest sounds particularly appealing and organiser Kevin Mulqueen says it would not have been possible to make this part of the show come to pass without the input of Darren Mangan. Speaking to Irish Trucker magazine in the run-up to the June Bank Holiday Full of the Pipe extravaganza at Cavan Equestrian Centre, Kevin stated: “The Autofest has been put together by Darren and he puts an unbelievable amount of work into this, between putting up fliers and posters etc. This is something Darren really likes and he approaches it with great enthusiasm. This part of the show would simply not be possible without his input. “The Autofest car show has been part of Full of the Pipe since day one. It’s something extra for the paying public and I suppose in particular for the younger generation to see. Darren and his father John have helped us out with producing fliers etc. and we owe them a big debt of gratitude for their help down through the years.” Kevin is keen to stress that Autofest has nothing to do with boy racers. It’s a little more sophisticated than that! “There

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will be a nice selection of performance cars and modified cars on display. This isn’t boy racer stuff. We’ll be exhibiting a very high standard of car and this is an important side attraction that we like to bring in every year so that there is more for everybody to see and do over the course of the weekend.” How many cars does Kevin expect to see at the indoor venue in Cavan for Full of the Pipe 2012? “There will be anywhere between 30 and 50 cars on show. We get great support from Keith Stewart at Celica Ireland and also from Alex Kenny in e36 Club [BMW series]. So we’ll have a good selection of quality vehicles. While this is something we like to include, I’d also like to point out that Full of the Pipe is evolving more and more into becoming a 100% truck show.” MERCHANDISE On the merchandising front, the 2012 event also represents a historic departure as the organisers are starting to take the actual branding of the truck show more seriously, with a new range of merchandise to be unveiled at the Cavan show: “This year we are launching a range of merchandise to suit both adults and kids,” Kevin confirms. “This merchandise can be purchased at the show and it offers fans of the show a chance to show their support of Full of the Pipe. We’ll be selling custom clothing and


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people will be able to pick up official Full of the Pipe t-shirts and stuff like that. The idea is to get the name out there and to try to keep the show in the spotlight. “As part of this, we will also have a graphics service available to truckers, who will be able to get Full of the Pipe logos etc. put onto their truck windows on site on the day. “Another thing is the truck model show, which will be held in the main reception area.” TEAM EFFORT Kevin reiterates his appreciation of the work done by Darren Mangan, commenting: “For Colin Hegarty and myself, we are both delighted that Darren has been involved and he plays a big part in this with the fliers, poster, leaflets and website. That help has been absolutely vital to us. “I’d also like to thank everybody else who has supported the car side of

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things, getting it up and running, but at the same time I have to stress once more that this is a truck show at the end of the day. “Colin and myself put everything into this. We will be there to help people at the trade stands on the day but if people want to sell their merchandise they must also support the show. It works both ways and people have to support Full of the Pipe. If these shows die, then there will be no stands and the public won’t buy any of the merchandise. We offer very reasonable rates and we have great support from our sponsors, which is also very much appreciated.” Hosting the show in Cavan Equestrian Centre represents another landmark departure for the organisers and Kevin says he is very encouraged by the potential of the new venue: “I’m delighted with the venue. I’m expecting a very positive response now that people know we’re going to have an

indoor show, with 12,000 sq metres of space, a Country & Western theme, music and a bar and restaurant. “There’s no need to register in advance. Registrations will be taken on the Saturday from 2pm until midnight and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. I’d advise people to show up in time to avoid disappointment, however, as the response has been brilliant so far and we’re expecting it to be a sell-out. “We’re promoting the show all around Ireland and the judging this year is going to be very good with extended and improved categories. At the end of the day, the whole show revolves around getting that trophy up on the dash. There’s great comfort for the drivers and the judges this year and there will be no restrictions caused by rain or bad weather as we are indoors in an exceptional, high-class venue.” Couldn’t ask for much more, in all fairness.

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something that Direct Transport Galway prides itself on. “We do the job to 100% of our capabilities. The drivers I have here are very competent and make sure that the customer receives their package on time, every time. Overall, Sean feels that the industry has settled slightly, although he admits every assessment must be made with the greatest of care. “We are getting bigger all the time and if we can keep that level of growth going then I'll be very happy. It is a very volatile industry and every decision has to be made with the utmost consideration.”

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Another trailer ready for the forestry industry

Timber! Specialised tools and machinery are needed to work in the forestry industry and sourcing these can be a problem for some customers.

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owever, Portarlington based Robinson Distributions Ltd can cater for all your needs as they have ten years experience in business, while many more working hands on in the forestry industry. For this month's edition of Irish Trucker, we profile the Laois based firm and speak to managing director Scott Robinson about the services that they provide. Scott and his brother Ross established the business in 2002 having had previous experience working in the industry and during the intervening years, they have built up a large customer base, many of who are repeat customers now. The company was established to supply an efficient repair and maintenance service for timber harvesting and log handling equipment. Also in 2002, Robinson Distribution secured the Loglift and Alucar agencies. Having a background in the forestry industry means that Robinson Distribution has an understanding of the customer needs and if they haven't the product that someone seeks at their premises, they will source them very quickly. In 2004 they were appointed the official Ponsee distributors for Ireland. That same year, the first Robinson Trailers were

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manufactured. In recent years they have also secured agencies for Neuson, Iggesund, Kesla and Oregon and continue to develop and enhance their service and support to the forestry industry. Supplying a top range of brands also gives the customer the peace of mind in the knowledge that they are purchasing a quality product and always at competitive prices. Located at Portnahinch, Portarlington, Robinsons are situated in a county that has a long tradition in timber harvesting, haulage and sawmilling. Scott and Ross' father Alan has worked most of his life in timber harvesting equipment and it was no surprise when his two sons followed suit. “We were working with timber from when we were at school and it's in our blood so to speak,” admitted Scott. “The experience that we have gathered over the years gives us a great knowledge of the industry and helps us understand what the customer needs.” Robinson Distribution provides an extensive product range and this includes Robinson Trailers, Ponsee, Loglift, Alucar, Neuson Ecotec, Kesla, Junkkari, Bars & Chains, Oregon, Pre IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


A Robinson Distribution log trailer

Owned, Titan Lubricants and Titan Firewood Machines. “We have a large product range, all of which are top brands. With Robinson Trailers, we manufacture our own trailers for the forestry industry and provide a large selection that can be produced to the customers' specifications. We produce a high quality trailer and even though this is a very competitive market, we are pleased with the workload that we have. “When we decided to manufacture trailers feedback was very positive and provided us with the incentive necessary to invest further resources and develop the Robinson Trailer brand. The rest, as they say, is history, as we have now successfully manufactured a large number of quality trailers. The Robinson Trailer range is always expanding to keep up with our customers' needs and to attract new customers. A combination of high quality, competitive price and listening to our customers, have been key contributors to steady growth of the Robinson Trailer brand. “We manufacture flats, semitrailers, tippers and turn table trailers to a high specification as The company was founded ten years ago well as producing skip trailers IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

and roll on/roll off trailers. Robinson are now very happy and excited to announce that they will now be manufacturing and supplying sliding container trailers, the decision has been made after many call to their office with people requesting quotations and specifications on such trailers after seeing their timber trailers on the road.

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Robinson Distribution can meet all your trailer needs

“We also manufacture our own type of log splitter and have two types on offer. Before we started production we compiled a list of features requested. The machine had to be well built, powerful, safe, easy to use and cost effective. It would also need to be capable of performing well when powered from

Wishing Robinson Distribution continued success

tractor hydraulics. We then produced a proto-type which was rigorously tested. Following a number of changes to that initial design, the now popular Titan 12+ Splitter went into production.”(Take all of this out as it not important to our business) With the ongoing expansion of a wood fuel market here, Robinson Distribution is also developing and supplying woodchip delivery systems and boilers, suitable for large scale end users and contractors in this sector. “This is an area that we have developed in recent years and it has been going fairly well with a lot of interest being shown. They are used mostly in the industrial sector.” Given the current economic climate, Scott revealed that their second hand trade has improved considerably. “We would be selling a lot of used equipment, all of which is serviced and working perfectly. In the current market, money is not as available as it was before, but in saying that it has not really affected us. “With a good team of experienced team on board Scott admitted that without their hard work, the success of the business would not have been achieved to the level it has found itself. All our employees are highly trained regardless of what area they work in. Many of them have been with us from the start and they are very reliable and hard working.”

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The Flaherty name continues through the generations with Pat’s sons Pat and Derek

Quality service/prime location/competitive rates PD Flaherty Transport, Storage & Logistics Ltd. is a stellar family business that’s been going strong for 30 years, providing an exceptional nationwide container delivery / collection service, including hazardous consignments. Irish Trucker dropped into the well-appointed, strategically-located base at Kilshane, Dublin 11 and had a chat with company director Pat Flaherty.

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D Flaherty ticks all the boxes. Offering a wide range of services at competitive rates, the company also boasts decades of experience and expertise as well as holding waste permits for every county in Ireland. The location – at Kilshane, on the N2 and within minutes of the M50 and Port Tunnel – is ideal and storage facilities are located on-site (including storage for containers). There are state-of-the-art unloading / loading facilities in the yard, comprising all the latest specialist equipment and personnel for the most awkward loads. The dedicated fleet of 20 articulated lorries and 60 trailers (including curtainsiders) is all company-owned, with no work subcontracted. Drivers and vehicles are available for contract work at agreed daily / weekly rates and the team at PD Flaherty Transport, Storage & Logistics is always prepared to work out a good deal on any contract or job, with space available at reasonable rates on their vehicles travelling daily between Dublin and the rest of the country. The company has really gone from strength to strength since €1.6m was invested in the new yard at Peachville Lodge, Kilshane six years ago. The location is ideal in every way, as Pat Flaherty confirms: “We are in a very good location. Most of our work goes through Dublin Port and we are only twelve minutes away. “Nationwide container work is at the core of the business, with 16 of our 20 lorries doing that and the other four working on international work.” The family business was established by Pat’s late father Paddy Flaherty and is now overseen by his two sons Pat and Derek (thus PD). As well as being co-directors, the two main men behind the business also operate in a hands-on fashion – Pat is out on the road every day and Derek helps look after the trucks and trailers in the yard. In turn, Pat’s own three sons – Paddy, Jason and Andre – are all working as drivers. “We also have Larry Hilliard as transport / operations manager and he keeps the show on the road, while Natalie Canavan and Andre also work in operations,” Pat notes. In terms of consignments, PD Flaherty Transport, Storage & Logistics Ltd. is a general haulage operator with the capacity to transport all kinds of loads, including hazardous materials. Apart from two Volvos, the The company is fleet comprises exclusively of based in Kilshane IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

Scanias. Pat is a big fan of their reliability and says that this is vital in the current climate with fuel costs at such an outrageous level. The majority of the fleet comprises ’04 – ’06 regs, with a few ‘08s also thrown into the mix. These are all meticulously maintained in immaculate condition and optimum running order. “They are all well-maintained here in our own workshop, where we have two fully-qualified mechanics working full time, making sure they remain in top nick. We also have parking facilities here, which we make available to other truckers.” In addition to the comprehensive fleet, there is also a range of lifting / handling equipment in the yard and all the materials necessary to provide a thoroughly-dependable storage solution. Pat is glad to point out that in general the company is performing fairly well at the moment – not a bad situation to be in considering the economic times that are in it: “We are paying our way and keeping our heads above the water, which is all you can ask for at the moment. Times are tough right across the industry but we have some good customers who have stood by us. We’ve provided them with a great service down through the years and they are rewarding us with their loyalty. “We’re lucky to have good relations with the likes of Keuhne & Nagel, DFDS, Blue Water, IPS and JB International as well as Greenstar, AES and Thorntons in the recycling end of things. We are delighted to have done business with them over the years and would like to thank them for their support. “In this business, service is everything. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day. We have a very good working relationship with all our customers and we always give them a personal, honest service. At the moment, we’re working all over Ireland, with a lot of city work included.” Looking to the future, Pat concludes: “We’re going to keep going, providing a good service and we’ll hope for the best. Nobody knows what’s around the corner. The price of fuel is a massive factor now and it’s the same for every haulier – it’s putting us under a lot of pressure. You can only give so much for so little before something has to give. It’s getting more difficult to price work these days. Margins have become very tight and you have no room to manoeuvre. “The way things are, you’d be happy just to make a modest

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Part of the PD Flaherty fleet

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the lorries taxed and insured and put diesel in them. “As I said earlier, we’re lucky to have some good customers who are sticking with us and keeping it going. With the customer base we have, we are at our optimum size now. We might have the odd quiet day but we’re holding our own and hoping that the Government will do something about the cost of fuel because that’s causing pain for everybody.” Over 30 years in Continued business, PD Flaherty Transport, Storage & Logistics has demonstrated a remarkable ability to evolve, adapt and develop, all the time providing its customers with an excellent service. One suspects they will find a way forward and continue to go from strength to strength!

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GKTM continue to deliver Gary Keville Traffic Management Ltd has continued to deliver a reliable and efficient service, while their customer base has increased on a yearly basis.

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KTM has been operating now for four years and the need for traffic management on Irish roads has grown in recent years. Operations Director Barry Bessant speaks to Irish Trucker about the continued growth of the company. GKTM Ltd and sister company Gary Keville Transport are situated on a four acre site at South Bank road, Ringsend near the centre of Dublin's docklands and close to all major motorways. The services provided are impressive to say the least with an array of areas covered that include traffic management consultancy, traffic management design and planning, TM installations and systems; single and multi lane closures; road closures and detours, manual stop/go operations; temporary traffic light set ups, convoy systems; crossovers and contra flows to name just a few. Barry revealed that the company has grown considerably since being established only a few years ago and that they already involved in a number of projects, such as; expanding to include small civil engineering works to their port folio. “We have made steady progress and last year we were very busy indeed, which we were delighted about and hopefully we

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can build on that this year. We won't really know how busy we will be until the councils release their budgets, which is generally around June,” said Barry. The Operations Director revealed that the level of services provided by the company is second to none. “We offer a complete service in that we will look after the design of the traffic management plan, supply the products and erect them. The work that we have been involved in to date has seen us develop a large customer base. “GKTM can provide a vast array of traffic related services for start to finish applications. These are the tools you need to get the job done. We are a service company with a complete menu of quality traffic control devices/systems and a mission of attaining 100% customer satisfaction. “Obviously, we are primarily involved with road projects, but that is only part of what we do. When councils are cutting grass, we can supply the labour, plant, equipment and training for the operatives. Similarly with the transportation of abnormal loads, we can plan the route, liaise with all the relevant authorities, obtain permits (where required), provide escort vehicles and of course any temporary traffic management systems to facilitate the safe movement of the IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS


Gary Keville Traffic Management are four years in operation

load.” Health and Safety has become a major issue on Irish roads and Barry stressed that this was a key area that GKTM concentrate on with the emphasis being not just on the safety of motorists, but on the workforce and pedestrians alike. “We comply with all health, safety and regulations that are in place and take into great consideration the safety of the people involved. Our policy 'Let's all go home safe after our work is done' includes the people that are working on the roads, general road users and members of the public.” Road works can be the source of most motorists anxieties, even though the work being IRISH TRUCKER & LIGHT COMMERCIALS

done is to benefit them. However, not many see it that way and Barry revealed that frustration can sometimes boil over. “We had an employee punched recently just for doing his job, whilst others have also been threatened with being shot, which is unacceptable. This job is not for everyone as the abuse that some of the workers receive is unwarranted. “I'd urge motorists to be more patient and understanding as the work being carried out is for their benefit. We are committed to minimising the disruption of traffic flow and pedestrian routes that may result from our client's activities whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety at all times. “We can achieve this by promoting innovative solutions to age old problems and continually striving to develop new ideas that will enhance safety and their public image. “GKTM can design and produce traffic management drawings for short or long term schemes. Whether it is a simple lane closure or a multiphase crossover scheme our TM plans will ensure safety and efficiency for site personnel, motorists and the general public. Barry is confident that 2012 will be a big year for the company and he feels that as their reputation grows so too will the amount of projects GKTM will be involved in. “I've no doubt that this year will be a fantastic year for the company. We are improving our service all the time and I'm confident that with the quality of service that we provide, there will be no problems.” GKTM has a new Training Centre on its four-acre site on South Bank Road, Ringsend. It is ideally situated for all Dockland companies and with easy access for companies further afield. “The Training Centre aims to provide a wide range of courses for companies looking to provide their staff with skills in the traffic management and construction industries. An example of some of the courses available are; Signing, Lighting & Guarding at Roadworks (SLG 3 day course), Health & Safety at Roadworks (1 day course) and a variety of CSCS Cards for Dump Truck Operatives, Excavator Operatives, Telescopic Handlers, Dozer Operatives and Mobile Crane Oeratives, plus many, many more. With new courses being added all the time the portfolio is expanding rapidly.” GKTM are experts in traffic management

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Gary Keville Transport and GKTM operate side by side from Ringsend

There is no doubt that GKTM is set for a bright future. Its sister company Gary Keville Transport has one of the biggest reputations in the country for supplying a quality and efficient service to a large customer base over the last 17 years. Specialising in abnormal loads, specialised lifting, crane equipped trucks, low loaders as well as general haulage, GK Transport covers a wide range of services for all your transport

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