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Our History

1930
The Beginning

The Beginning

O'Sheas was set up in 1930 by three brothers Patrick, Tim and Michael O'Shea.

The firm was active in three sectors Building Motor and Electrical. Each brother was responsible for a department.

Patrick O'Shea managed the building department. Through a combination of determination, ambition and resourcefulness he succeeded in developing the business through the economically challenging decades of the 1930s through to the 60s to command a significant presence in the Cork area.

1957
Dennehy Cross Church

Dennehy Cross Church

Dennehy Cross Church was built in 1957. 

1965
Cork Opera House

Cork Opera House

In 1965 the Cork Opera House was completed.

1968
Frigoscandia Midleton

Frigoscandia Midleton

In 1968 Frigoscandia in Midleton was built. 

1969
 Alteration to St Marys Cathedral, Cork.

Alteration to St Marys Cathedral, Cork.

In 1969, we made alterations to St Marys Cathedral. The overall account value was £207,595.

1971
Togher Church

Togher Church

Togher Church was completed in 1971 and decimalisation was introduced. 

1973
Ireland joined the EEC

Ireland joined the EEC

 1973 marked the year when Ireland joined the EEC.

1975
Cork City Fire Station

Cork City Fire Station

In 1975 a new fire station in Anglesea St was completed. This also marked the year when George Best played for Cork Celtic. 

1977
Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch

This was Jack Lynch first term as Taoiseach.

1980
English Market

English Market

In 1980, one of Cork's most iconic buildings was completed.

1985
Firkin Crane

Firkin Crane

Firkin Crane was completed in 1985.

1990
Cork won the double

Cork won the double

A big year for Cork GAA. 

1991
Mobile phones were introduced.

Mobile phones were introduced.

In 1991 was the year O'Shea's Builders first used mobile phones. 

1998
St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral

The refurbishment and re-ordering of St Mary's Cathedral was completed. 

2002
Introduction of the Euro

Introduction of the Euro

2002 marked the commencement of withdrawl of Irish Pound for Euro.

2004
Renovation of Blackrock Castle

Renovation of Blackrock Castle

In 2004 Blackrock Castle was completed 

2005
O'Shea's Big Move

O'Shea's Big Move

2005, O'Sheas Builders moves from White Street to Kilnap

Cork Public Museum

Cork Public Museum

An extension onto Cork Public Museum was completed 

2010
Knocknaheeney Block D

Knocknaheeney Block D

In 2010, O’Sheas largest Contract Knocknaheeney Block D is Completed (Value €21.3M)

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