'Pens' boys are good to go

Alan Grant of Expert Hardware cuts the tape at the open day at Donegal Pens in Loughanure in the company of Eoin, Ronan, Conor, Marie and Aine Mc Garvey.

ON Saturday afternoon two young entrepreneurs from West Donegal held and open day and invited the public to view their business’s new workshop in Loughanure.

Brothers Ronan (15) and Conor (12) McGarvey welcomed members of the public to the premises of Donegal Pens to celebrate the completion and opening their new workshop.


People got to view newly installed equipment thanks to the kind sponsorship of Expert Hardware which has nearly 50 outlets nationwide.

The generous support came after company director Alan Grant heard that Ronan and Conor had been turned down for grants as they are both under 18.

After hearing RTÉ journalist and Dungloe native Lisa McKelvey’s report on Radio One’s Morning Ireland in December, Alan offered to fund the new 7x4m workshop and a new Record Power Nova Lathe to the tune of €4,500.

Alan was on site in Loughanure on Saturday to see first hand how the boys are putting the new equipment to good use in the workshop.

He said: “Ronan and Conor are an inspiration to any young person with a business idea who has the passion and commitment to follow through on their vision.

“It is great to see such talent coming through and we as a nation must support, nurture and invest in such talent and not discriminate due to age.”

Alan said the company was delighted to support Ronan and Conor in their enterprise and wished them well in the future.


“Ireland’s future is dependent on the youth of today and we at Expert Hardware believe in the McGarvey brothers and will give any support we can,” he said.


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