Machinery Movers Awards


Construction and Quarry Industry and Operators in the spotlight

The Machinery Movers Magazine Industry & Operator Awards


The Machinery Movers Magazine Awards Industry and Operator awards took place at the Knightsbrook Hotel in county Meath sponsored by Gaelic Plant Hire.  The awards recognised excellence and rewarded outstanding achievements of individuals, operators and companies in the area of construction and quarry machinery. All guests were required to be fully vaccinated and provide their Digital COVID Certificate of Vaccination and the event was fully compliant with current guidelines. In a pioneering move and a first in the sector, guests were also required to have a mandatory antigen test provided by JACE Medical at the hotel. This gave all attendees peace of mind that it was a COVID free event.


The ceremony was widely anticipated to be the most prestigious construction and quarrying event of the year and an opportunity to formally acknowledge the excellent work being done by operators and companies in the sector highlighting skill, top quality workmanship and high-tech machinery.  The event didn’t disappoint! Hector Ó hEochagáin regaled guests as MC for the evening and they also enjoyed a brilliant performance from Brian Kennedy, a rousing opening act by The Hit Machine and Robot Ted greeted guests as they arrived with an innovative space-age welcome.


The operator award winners were Chris Walsh for best 360 Excavator operator sponsored by TBF Thompson. Dave Hill won best Mini Excavator operator sponsored by Easytrack. Sam Kealy won best Tilt Attachment operator sponsored by Rototilt, Craig Johnson won best Telehandler operator sponsored by ECI JCB , Gareth Gault won best Tipper Truck operator sponsored by DAF Trucks Ireland,  Anthony Rogan won best Wheeled Excavator operator sponsored by Whelan Plant Sales,  William Ryan won Best Plant Fitter sponsored by Cummins, Liam Cullivan was best Bulldozer operator sponsored by, Danny Cullen won Best Articulated Dump Truck operator sponsored by Volvo Construction.  Ronan Doonan was best Wheeled Loader operator sponsored by Pat O’ Donnell & Company and Ronan was also crowned King of the Operators sponsored by The National Construction Training Centre.


The Industry award winners were Wicklow Hire for  Best Managed Irish Rental Firm sponsored by Avant;  John Kirrane Plant Hire Ltd was Utility Contractor of the year sponsored by Lucas Plant Sales,  Dan Morrissey & Co was Best Independent Irish Quarry sponsored by Liam Coyne Tyres .  The Technology & Innovation award sponsored by Shannon Valley Group went to Dromone Engineering, Best Demolition Company sponsored by Kilcock Equipment Sales was Hegarty Demolition, Plant Manager of the Year sponsored by Topcon was Darren Mclean , Best Plant Hire Company sponsored by FJS Plant Sales was Hire2K, Best Contract Crusher Company sponsored by Dungannon Plant Sales was McCabe Earthworks.  The Health & Safety Standards Award sponsored by VP Groundforce went to Tinnelly Group, Best Civil Engineering Company sponsored by AIB went to Wills Brothers Civil Engineering, Best Demolition Operator in the Industry sponsored by Geith was Linas Petrauskas, Best Access Equipment Company sponsored by ALMACRAWLER and Magni was Blulift and the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Close Brothers Commercial Finance was Pat Flannery.


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