Established by Declan & Sheila Dooley in 2001, Kilcastle Construction Ltd is celebrating 21 years in business. Kilcastle Construction in Corrandulla, Co. Galway is a successful family-business specialising in new one-off builds, renovations and extensions. The company has grown from strength to strength over the years and is well known for its personal attention to every single project.
Fully certified and insured, the company is run by Declan & Sheila Dooley. Declan, a native of Kilmaine, Co. Mayo, has 30 years’ experience in the building trade. He became a blocklayer after finishing school in 1992 and has worked for himself since ’96. Sheila, a native of Castlegar, Co. Galway, also has a background in the building trade, having worked in Roadstone for many years and then for one of Galway’s leading electrical contractors.
“I was a sub-contractor for various different construction companies before becoming a full-time building contractor in 2006,” he explains.
“We set up Kilcastle Construction in 2001 and the company grew from there. We have two people working with us directly full-time and an ongoing team of sub-contractors. We’re passionate about construction and are renowned for building energy efficient homes. We can undertake any building or renovation project, and complete it to your exact specifications and to the highest standards.
“We aim to make your dream home a reality.”
Superior workmanship, attention to detail, value-for-money and a commitment to working closely with clients to deliver total satisfaction are the hallmarks of Kilcastle Construction. Health & Safety is at the core of the business, and never more so than in this Covid-19 age. From concept to completion, Declan and his team of top-class tradesmen are with you every step of the way, ensuring that your new project is designed and built to your specific needs, and that there are no hidden or extra costs involved. All work complies with the highest industry regulations.
Whether your next project is a new build, extension or renovation, Kilcastle Construction’s one-stop-shop approach will ensure that both the design and building processes are smooth, comfortable and hassle-free. The Galway contractor’s reputation for quality construction and ability to complete projects on time and within the agreed budget is borne out by the high volume of repeat business and referrals it receives from architects and satisfied customers.
Kilcastle Construction enjoys an excellent working relationship with sub-contractors and suppliers alike. While Declan and his small crew carry out the groundworks and some blockwork as well as overseeing each project, the rest – including the electrical, plumbing, plastering, carpentry and roofing – is sub-contracted to the same tried and trusted tradesmen. It goes without saying that only the very best building products are used in every project carried out by Kilcastle Construction. With a year’s work ahead of them, this speaks for itself.
Forde Heating & Plumbing, Colin Darcy Electrical, Noel Reilly Roofing, Sean Gavin Beam and John Butler Carpentry are some of Declan’s regular sub-contractors, while suppliers include Joyce’s of Headford, Cooney’s in Athenry, Brooks and Chadwicks (both Galway), Roadstone, Coshla Quarries, Cannon Concrete and Tecron Roofing. In addition, Declan collaborates and works closely with a number of respected engineers and architects in and around Galway city.
“Most of our work comes from word of mouth or referrals. We don’t have to advertise,” Declan says.
Kilcastle Construction specialises in one-off new build energy efficient homes. Declan believes that every new home should be built with high energy efficiency in mind and strives to build them to a minimum Building Energy Rating (BER) A3. As an SEAI registered contractor, customers can offset the cost of improving their insulation and air tightness by availing of generous grants, while reducing their energy costs and greenhouse emissions at the same time. There are also a number of home improvement and disability grants available to those who meet the eligibility criteria.
“Heat pumps and solar panels are becoming increasingly popular as more and more homeowners reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. We install heat pumps mostly in new homes. But if your house is well insulated and has good air tightness, it should reduce your energy bills no matter what heating system you have.”
The Annaghdown-based contractor is currently building a new home in Headford and a new meeting room with canteen at the Maryam Mosque in Galway city. Declan is also undertaking two extension and renovation projects in Galway city, and has just finished laying a concrete floor in a warehouse in Carnmore. His one-off house builds range from 1,500 sq. ft. to 4,000 sq. ft. in size.
With the cost of building materials continuing to spiral, and the unpredictability of supply in the current climate, the affable contractor has adopted a simple policy. “Contracts cannot be quoted until they are ready to commence as it is not possible to predict what materials should increase in price in the future. They are increasing every day,” he states.
Declan and Sheila would like to take this opportunity to thank their clients, suppliers and design teams for their continued support as well as their staff and sub-contractors for their dedication, hard work and expertise.
Here’s to the next 21 years of Kilcastle Construction!
Telephone: 091 793904 / 087 2753173
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This article was published in Building Ireland Magazine, May 2022, Vol 8 No 5