Major honour for Dungloe man

A Dungloe native, Pat J Boner, has been awarded a special award in recognition of his lifetime work in the engineering field of instrumentation.

A Dungloe native, Pat J Boner, has been awarded a special award in recognition of his lifetime work in the engineering field of instrumentation.

He received the ‘ISA Pioneer Award’ in recognition of his trade and in his running of a successful instrumentation business, P J Boner & Company, in Dublin for 33 years.

The award is given just once a year, and Pat M’s son, Patrick says the family are very proud of him.

“We are all very proud of Pat in receiving this distinguished award from the ISA and it is a great recognition of the high esteem he is held in by all involved in Instrumentation throughout Ireland.

“Dad set up the business 33 years ago, and has worked hard over the years to make the business what it now is. Despite retiring in 2009, he has taken up the role of Company Chairman to assist with the continuing success of the business.

“It’s very much a family business, with five members of the famnily still working here every day.

“The award recogises his 50 years work in the Instrumentation field in Ireland, and running one of Ireland’s most successful instrumentation companies.”

Pat M still has many links with his homeland of Dungloe, despite living in Dublin for the last 40 years and now he is retired his stays to Donegal are for weeks at a time, not just days!

He also stays in close contact with the area by reading the Donegal Democrat every week, and he is an active member of the Donegal Association in Dublin.


The award was conferred to Pat M after the following submission was forwarded to ISA Ireland: ‘Pat J Boner has been actively involved in Instrumentation and Automation all his working life, Pat was born in Dungloe, Co Donegal before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland at the age of 12, after completing his school education, he began an Electrical apprenticeship working with the Scottish National Coal Board. Pat excelled in his early years and was selected to move to the Instrumentation Apprenticeship after his first year. In this year he was selected to represent Scotland in the National Apprenticeship awards. Soon after completing this apprenticeship he moved to Birmingham, England to take up employment with ICI in the metals division as an Instrument Technician, within six months he was promoted to Shift Instrument Artificer age 23. Pat then worked with GKN Forge & Press Works before being offered a job with Honeywell which would involve moving to Dublin, Ireland to take up an employment opportunity as a Service Engineer covering all 32 counties. After four years with Honeywell, he joined GEC Elliott in 1974 as Area Manager for GEC Elliott for both Sales & Service in Ireland.

In 1978 Pat founded P.J. Boner & Company to provide a quality Instrumentation Service along with the supply of Instrumentation & Weighing Goods from International manufacturers to the Irish market. The company started from Pat’s house in South Dublin, starting with just three employees working from the front room before moving to a much larger premises in 1983 and with it additional employees including Instrument Technicians, Panel Builders, Apprentices and Administration staff.

From its foundation, P J Boner & Company started working with many of Irelands most prestigious companies with quality being at the forefront of every job undertaken and completed. Pat’s expert knowledge of Instrumentation and weighing was a primary factor in the initial development of contracts with some of Ireland’s best known companies, some of these contracts that are still standing to this day, 33 years later.

By the late 1980’s Pat had seen a market for the automation of batching systems in Ireland and began programming, installing and commissioning some of Irelands most complicated, accurate and fast systems for concrete, feed and process. Backup for these systems were provided by Automation and software technicians who had now been taken on to fulfill this role.

Through this time and up until present day, P J Boner & Company employed staff in the Instrumentation, Weighing and Automation fields, all interviewed, inducted and guided by Pat in the development of their trades and up to the high standards that are expected by all at P J Boner’s which has been instilled through Pat’s years as Managing Director.

Pat retired from day to day management in 2009 after working in the Instrumentation Industry for 50 Years, with 31 of those years involved running one of Ireland’s most successful instrumentation companies and giving employment to hundreds of Technicians down through the years. He has taken up the role of Company Chairman to assist with the continuing success of the business.

Pat has been a member of the ISA for 34 years and was present at the initial founding of the ISA Ireland section in 1977.’