The family are former dairy farmers, though they got out of that, once the Agribusiness side of things began to take off. Diarmuid’s father,Tony, first set up the company approximately 50 years ago, upon the death of his father, Diarmuid’s grandfather.
“He started off by taking milk to the creamery first, for locals,” said Diarmuid.
“We had a dairy farm originally, but we just sell all of the silage off the farm now. We had a milking parlour, but the Agri-side got so busy we couldn’t juggle both.” he said.
“We couldn’t give 100% to both, so we decided to put our strength into the contracting and haulage side”, he added.
From here things moved fairly quickly, with the team adding to the collection of services they began to offer clients. The team now not only offer general contracting and plant hire services, but also moved into the haulage delivery side of things as well. The company started off with the contracting side of things and from there it has been all-go since.
How it all began:
Diarmuid, 32-years-young, always had a strong interest in agriculture, though trucks always remained his passion.
He first obtained the rigid licence at 21, with the artic to come shortly afterwards. He is now heavily involved in operations, with the company involving Diarmuid, his father and his two brothers, Micheál and Seán. Each have their own area of expertise in operations, with Diarmuid the main man in the haulage end.
“I run the haulage and one of my brothers runs the baling operations, he’s also over all the maintenance in the workshop over the winter.” Diarmuid explained to ThatsFarming’s Kevin.
“My other brother then, He drives the big M and he’s in the office for the rest of the year,” he continued.
“We only got into trucks in 2006, when I came of age,” Diarmuid explained.
This Diarmuid admits, was always his intention and came about upon his insistence.
“I always had an interest in trucks,” said Diarmuid when asked if he had always planned on a haulage career.
“I kind of pushed it towards haulage. With the small farmers getting smaller and the bigger farmers getting bigger, we decided to go down the haulage route, to compliment the agri side too,” he said.
The team now transport anything from slurry, silage, hay, straw, beet, feed, and even machinery and specialised haulage now. They don’t, at the moment, transfer any livestock. They, at the moment, have at least five men on the road.
“With the Agri side, they both kind of compliment each other, when it is too work for Agri work, then some of them will be doing lorry work,” he said.
Type: Volvo 181
Drawing Capacity: 60 Tonne, with specialised plates.
The team are currently running with a full fleet of Volvo’s, which Diarmuid says is because they are the main model in his area. He said Volvo’s have a good reputation down south and they have a good dealer locally.
“We took a chance and bought a brand new truck in 2006 and we have bought brand new trucks ever since. They have been a good servant to us,” Diarmuid stated.
“We are adding a new 181 Volvo(profiled above) to the fleet next week...That makes seven trucks in total.”, he said.
They currently the above-mentioned SH460, with a 171 Volvo SH Globetrotter 540, a 2010 Volvo SM 460, 2008 Volvo FM 40 Double Drive, 2013 Volvo 8 wheel tipper 400HP, 2008 FM 8 Wheel tipper 420 bhp, while the final one is a FM6 Volvo vacuum truck.
“We have a large selection of trailers then for different jobs, such as drawing feed and liquids,” he explained.
Diarmuid hopes to keep moving the company forward over the coming years, but admitted that haulage is a very versatile industry, meaning you never know what is around the corner.
“It is hard to prepare for what is coming around the corner...You have to accommodate every type of work if you want to take it on,” he said.
Diarmuid, though, did say regardless of how haulage is going, there will always be plenty of work on the contracting side of things.
“On the Agri side of things we have added a new tractor, T7 230, to the fleet since January, totaling ten tractors,” he said.
With regards challenges connected to a career in haulage, Diarmuid did not cite the long hours as the major hurdle, but the stringent checks by the RSA.
“With the RSA you need to have a very up to date fleet,” he said.
“You need to have good, responsible drivers, that will abide by the laws that are there,” he added.
Why he loves Haulage:
The Cork native loves what he does, simply because he loves trucks. He said he grew up driving from a young age, making it an inevitability he would end up behind a wheel at some stage.
“We have always had a love for burning diesel,” he joked.
“We like what we do and we want to keep the Tony O’Mahony name going anyway,” he added.
Diarmuid has been working in haulage for almost a decade now, and driving tractors for maybe twice that. It may have been inevitable that he would follow in Tony’s footsteps and keep the good name going. What is also inevitable tough, is his progression in the industry over the coming years.