People First Professionals

“The doors are open to women looking to grow their careers in the engineering and construction industry” says Marketing Manager Claire Brennan

As we mark International Women’s Day (March 8), we speak to Marketing Manager Claire Brennan about growing her career at Kirby, a dedication to young people in sport, and growing representation in STEM. Having been with Kirby for four years, Claire has seen Kirby’s growth first hand as she worked to promote and mark the […]

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“Ireland and Kirby have opened up career opportunities for me,” says Yalin Tumbali, Commercial Manager at Kirby

In this #PeopleFirst we speak to our Commercial Manager Yalin Tumbali, based out of our Dublin office, he works across a number of projects, overseeing their mechanical packages. Yalin joined Kirby in 2022, as he moved from Turkey to Ireland, seeking further experience in data centres. Incredibly experienced, he held a number of roles in

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“Lots of good things started in 1964,” says Payroll Manager Helen Keogh who shares her birthday year with Kirby Group Engineering

In this #PeopleFirst we speak to Helen Keogh, Payroll Manager, who, alongside Kirby, turns 60 this year. Helen first joined us in Limerick in 1983 at 19 years old to work on the reception. “We had an office in Thomondgate, it was a converted house and shop. At that point we had around 80 employees,

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“I want everyone I work with to feel the same way I have felt since I joined Kirby nine years ago: trusted, valued, and appreciated,” says Brendan Coffey, Kirby Operations Manager – Leinster.

We speak to Brendan Coffey, Kirby’s Operations Manager for the Leinster region, as he celebrates nine years with us. He joined Kirby as a Senior Project Manager in December 2014 to manage the Telecity data centre project in Dublin. He reflects: “The company was much smaller at that point; we turned over around €165m. At

“I want everyone I work with to feel the same way I have felt since I joined Kirby nine years ago: trusted, valued, and appreciated,” says Brendan Coffey, Kirby Operations Manager – Leinster. Read More »

“Construction Safety Month has seen us focus in on project-specific, critical risks,” says Kirby’s EHS Regional Manager, Yvonne McCawley

We spoke to EHS Regional Manager Yvonne McCawley about the importance of the CIF’s Construction Safety Month and her role in ensuring a safety-first culture at Kirby. “This is the first year that the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is running its safety campaign over a full month. Four weeks gives us the chance to explore

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“Kirby is a learning organisation; we have two-way conversations with key stakeholders, and we always listen and learn,” says Aidan McAuliffe, Kirby Procurement Manager for Europe

In this #PeopleFirst we speak to Aidan McAuliffe, our Procurement Manager for Europe. Having worked in procurement for over 15 years, he’s worked with Kirby for the last six years to develop supply chains and material supplier arrangements across the continent. His background at Kerry Group, Nestle and Bord Gáis has supported Kirby’s expansion, as

“Kirby is a learning organisation; we have two-way conversations with key stakeholders, and we always listen and learn,” says Aidan McAuliffe, Kirby Procurement Manager for Europe Read More »

“Kirby recruits for the culture, and you can tell,” says Kirby stalwart Michelle Madden, Senior Estimating Co-ordinator

In this #PeopleFirst interview we speak to Michelle Madden, Senior Estimating Co-ordinator at Kirby. There is always that one person in an organisation; the one that everyone goes to when they need to know something. For Kirby, that person is Michelle Madden. She has been with us for 22 years and has trained up numerous

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“It’s important for young girls to see themselves represented in engineering,” says Michelle Powell as she talks about our school outreach programme

We speak to HR Business Partner Michelle Powell, in advance of International Women in Engineering Day on the 23rd of June. Overseeing Kirby’s apprenticeship and outreach programmes, she champions women in engineering in schools and colleges across Ireland. Kirby has worked in partnership with Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) for 10 years, delivering outreach

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“Our estimating team plays a vital role in bringing complex projects to site,” says Kirby Group E&I and T&D Estimating Manager, Declan Gavin

In this #PeopleFirst series we catch up with Declan Gavin, Group Electrical Estimating Manager for our Low Voltage (LV) and Power (T&D) business units. Heading up a large team, he has been with Kirby for more than 15 years and has seen the business grow and develop into the company it is today. “Kirby has

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“Ireland is a place that can easily become a home,” says Project Planner Babalwa Sigonya about her move from South Africa to the Emerald Isle

For Babalwa Sigonya working in Ireland was the opportunity to grow her career and work on leading-edge projects that create a more connected and sustainable future for our planet. Having worked on the two largest coal-fired power stations in her home country, Babalwa is using her experience to manage the programmes for some of our

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