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As Ireland's sector recovers, a carpenter comes in from the cold

As house building in Ireland picks up, the lack of craftsmen has become evident

13th November, 2016
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Dave Mahon of Focal Designs: ‘I base my business on high standards and quality’

One consequence of the recession has become markedly evident as the country’s house-building trade recovers: there’s a marked lack of craftsmen available in the building sector.

It’s a situation that a skilled carpenter like Dave Mahon can play to his advantage. Timing is everything, and the Dubliner returned to Ireland in 2014 having honed his craft in period-style woodwork in Canada during the bleakest period of the recession here.

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