A Galway man through and through, 33-year-old Eoin O’Sullivan hails from the Headford area of his home county.
Born into an agricultural background, Eoin spent many of days on his family’s dairy enterprise, helping out whenever possible.
“I started off milking cows and that…doing bits and pieces.” Eoin told Kevin of That’sFarming.
This is not where the agricultural influence ends either, as the Galway native has also been working as a contractor for local contractor, Jackie Lee Agri Contractors, for many years now.
“I am still contracting at the weekends, at silage. Cutting, baling, raking and all that.” Eoin stated.
Eoin got his first taste of the haulage sector at a very young age, taking after his father Hugh, who himself founded his own Plant Hire company. This is where the Headford native, Eoin, gained the love for all thing’s machinery related, with his father carrying out mainly low-loader work. Eoin recounts many days spent alongside his father in the cab of the family lorry.
“My father had trucks and machinery years ago…He used to have a Hino and a two-axle low-bit trailer.” Eoin said.
“That is where it started, I just got mad for trucks.” He added.
Some of the tractors from Jackie Lee Agri Contractors' fleet
How it all began/Eoin’s journey -
As mentioned, Eoin was bitten by the haulage bug at a very young age and from there, an addiction to powerful machinery was born.
“Between tractors and trucks, I was just mad to get going.” Eoin laughed.
Eoin’s journey into the industry truly began upon the completion of his licences. He obtained his rigid licence at the age of 19, followed by the artic licence shortly afterward aged 20.
“I was 19 when I got the rigid and 20 then when I got the artic licence.” said Eoin.
His career behind the wheel began in a digger before the Headford man took on a role within O’Toole Transport approximately a year or two following the receipt of his licences.
That’sFarming interviewed O’Toole Transport which you can read in full here
“I kind of went from driving diggers to driving trucks.” Eoin explained.
“I went with O’Toole Transport in late 2009.” He continued.
Eoin stayed within this role for a total of three years until he then moved onto another role in 2012. This saw Eoin taking in a trip across the pond to the UK, where he embarked on a new career focusing on low loader work in London.
“I was fed up lying in a lorry all of the time, so I moved to London and went at low-loader work.” Eoin told Kevin of That’sFarming.
Eoin’s Current Role -
The Galway man spent four years in total working in London, a time he thoroughly enjoyed, before he then made the decision to return home to the Emerald Isles.
The 33-year-old has now been back home for a little over twelve months, working behind the wheel with Gabriel Curran & Sons sawmill in Galway.
“I am in this job just over a year.” Eoin stated.
This role sees Eoin transporting consignments of timber from forestry’s to the mill in Galway, working five days each week. Currently, there is a team of ten to twelve employees working within Gabriel Curran’s sawmill, with Eoin the only man behind the wheel of a truck.
“The mill employees ten to twelve people and there is one truck on the road.” Eoin said.
“I am the only man behind the wheel.” He added.
L: Eoin Pictured. R: some of the work Eoin used to carry out in London.
Eoin is not only responsible for the transportation of timber from forestry to the mill, but he is also responsible for loading the timber using the log crane fitted to the back of the truck.
This is not all the experience that Eoin O’Sullivan has either, as the Galway man also carried out continental work for Tierney International at one stage in the past. This saw Eoin delivering refrigerated produce to countries such as Italy, Denmark and Sweden to name a few.
“I have also done continental work with Tierney International.” Eoin told Kevin of That’sFarming.
“Italy, Denmark, Sweden, you name it I was there.” He continued.
The Truck -
As mentioned, there is currently only one truck in use as part of Gabriel Curran’s Sawmill. This truck is a Scania R500 and Eoin is the man solely responsible for it.
Make - Scania
Model - R500
Year - 2012
Drawing capacity - Up to 46tonnes.
Extras - Fitted with a log crane.
Eoin still remembers the first truck he ever drove in his haulage career, A Volvo driven for O’Toole Transport almost ten years ago.
“The first truck I ever drove was a 2005 Volvo for O’Toole transport.” Eoin told Kevin.
With regards the future, 33-year-old Eoin harbors big dreams of someday working within the heavy haulage sector, though admits it can prove a difficult feat in Ireland.
“That’s the plan, to try and get at heavy haulage in this country, but it’s not easy.” Eoin said.
The Headford man also dreams of having his own truck on the road at some stage, though this, he admits, will be dependent on whether sufficient work can be obtained to justify the purchase. He also admits to being more than happy within his current role.
“I would love to get my own truck on the road if you could only get the work for it.” Eoin explained.
Eoin also has big plans on a personal level for the coming year, as he is due to marry his long-term partner, Linda. Keeping with the family, Eoin also has an eight-year-old daughter, Sophie, who has gained a love for the industry as he had at a young age, meaning she may join him behind the wheel in the future.
“She is mad for coming for a spin.” He laughed.
Why Haulage -
A self-proclaimed truck addict, Eoin was born into the industry whether he liked it or not. Continuing what is now a family legacy started by his father, Hugh, Eoin not only enjoys all things truck related but also the day-to-day aspect of the job. There is nothing the Galway man would rather do than get behind the wheel and head off down the road.
“I just like the trucks and I am mad for road really.” Eoin laughed.
It is this love for his profession and the industry as a whole that keeps Eoin O'Sullivan behind the wheel. No doubt, the Headford man will stay doing what he loves for many years to come, that is until Sophie takes his place.
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