14 and 11-year-old entrepreneurs take a concrete step forward

Two young West Donegal lads have made a significant impact in the commercial sector in their area and are already becoming models of entrepreneurship in the county.

Two young West Donegal lads have made a significant impact in the commercial sector in their area and are already becoming models of entrepreneurship in the county.

The McGarvey brothers Ronan (14) and Conor (11) from Loughanure have always had an interest in wood and just this week work has commenced this week on the foundations for the new workshop for Donegal Pens.

Their father Eoin told the Donegal Democrat, “The lads have always had an unbelievable interest in wood - as small children they kept building tree houses out the back garden and every year they would carry out renovations on it - it was probably the best tree - house in the country.

“Even at this stage their interest in wood is insatiable - if Conor goes into someone’s house and sees a nice ash coffee table or an oak kitchen he immediately starts calculating just how many pens could be made out of the furniture!

The business has been steadily growing so much so that they needed more space with the increased demand for their pens.

“Over the Christmas period they moved hundreds of pens and it became very obvious that they would have to extend if they were going to develop their business further.”

The brothers presently manufacture their wooden pens from their garden shed at Loughanure and ship them worldwide but because of their young ages they didn’t qualify for any funding to help them build a new workshop to replace the existing cold and draughty one.

Last December their story was told on RTE’s Morning Ireland by Donegal journalist Lisa Mc Kelvey and Alan Grant of the Expert Hardware Group, heard the radio show and offered to fund the new workshop and a woodturning lathe to the tune of €4,500. This week the concrete has been poured for the foundation for the 7m x 4m steel constructed workshop that is due to be erected before the end of this month.