Meet the Women of McKeon Group

This week we mark International Women’s Day, a global holiday celebrated annually on 8 March. It highlights gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.

Careers in construction have changed dramatically over the past 10 years. Better health and safety and increased use of technology are two trends making construction more attractive to young people.

McKeon Group prides itself on diversity and strives for a more inclusive and equitable workforce. We are proud to have an above-average number of female employees at McKeon Group. This number currently stands at 14%, whereas the construction industry is around 9%. We won’t pat ourselves on the back just yet, though, as we know this number should and can be better, so we will continue to work towards embracing equity.

Our Deputy Managing Director, Clíona Molloy, said: “Apart from the sense of achievement of seeing a project move through all the stages from the Tender Stage through to completion, for me, the best part of working in Construction is the wide variety of people I have the pleasure in meeting across such a variety of specialisms, trades, industries, backgrounds, client categories,  all with different expertise, points of view and experiences to share.”

A few of our people attended the Construction Industry Federation’s event in Dunboyne Castle on 8 March, where they mingled with other ladies in the industry.

Some of their takeaways from the event:

Quantity Surveyor Amie Bennett said, “Definitely hit home about mentoring and lack of accessibility to construction/engineering subjects in all-girl secondary schools.”

Our Marketing Manager Gemma Kerley felt moved by the speaker on Emotional Intelligence, Barbara Nugent, and its importance in the workplace for better business outcomes. Gemma also noted that when compared in general to men, women will only apply for a role if they feel they have competence in every one of the requirements mentioned. To counter this, as an organisation, we need to recognise this bias when recruiting and communicate effectively what is essential and what can be developed once in employment.

It was an eye-opening event that emphasised the importance of equity and pushing for what you want in your career. The speakers and panellists made some excellent points at the event, which we will be implementing at McKeon Group to help encourage more women into the construction industry and support our current employees so they may continue to flourish in the industry.

This week, we’d like to celebrate all the lovely ladies who work with us here at McKeon Group.


McKeon Group provides project services across four company divisions, construction, mechanical and electrical engineering, and 360Works under shared support services. Each division competes in its respective market and works together on group projects.

To learn more about some of the women working with us, you can read all about Health and Safety Manager Veronica Lavelle and Quantity Surveyor Amie Bennett in previous blogs when we interviewed them.

Likewise, to read about International Women’s Day, please visit: here.


A Milestone Achievement – 100 Employees!

McKeon Group is proud to announce that we have officially reached 100 employees, and what a brilliant team we have! We held an event to mark this special milestone and give our annual update to all of our team last week.

Throughout the last 72 years, we have grown from one man with a van to five brilliant divisions bursting with ideas, expertise, and world-class staff. We have worked on sites all across Ireland, from third-level education, commercial, pharmaceutical and countless other clients. Our ability to provide the right team across various sectors has grown and adapted, as have we, putting McKeon Group in a prime position to tackle some world-class projects.

Speaking at the event, CEO Tomas Mac Eoin said: “Refreshing our core values has been on the agenda for a while. We’ve changed a lot as an organisation over the past 10 years. The workforce has changed, society has changed, and our strategy has changed. I certainly felt the language needed updating and how we present and talk about them.”

“The Values originated from our grandfather, and some of them have remained unchanged, that of Integrity & Quality. We went to the Board of Directors for their input and integrity, how we treat our staff, and how we are perceived in the industry we found was paramount to them. Then we had an overwhelming sense of responsibility towards sustainability and that we must go above and beyond to change our environmental impact and influence others.

We then turned to the entire organisation to understand each individual’s values and if they aligned with our organisation’s core values. Really to ascertain if we held them true, communicated, lived by, and believed them. We asked the question ….”

What values or traits of your own do you feel are matched in your role at McKeon Group and Hereworks?

“The response was overwhelming, one of the most successful surveys we’ve carried out recently, which only goes to show how important values are to the team.

I was humbled by what came back, the positivity, warmth and passion in some of the replies….”

Updated Core Values:

We are proud to reveal our refreshed core values, illustrating the key points that encapsulate our organisation best.

They are Integrity, Client Commitment, Quality, Brilliance, and Sustainability. While to some, they may appear as buzzwords, to us, they are the very fibre of our operations and how we communicate ourselves to the world.

Going forward, we will have a renewed focus on sustainability and will bring in a consultant from outside the company to assist us with this. In the company-wide survey, a large number of our team called for an increased focus on sustainability, which we plan to deliver.

McKeon Group has grown drastically over the past three decades.

Our QEHS Director, Cliona Molloy, said: “I had a look back, and funnily every 10 years or so, we double our workforce, which has now brought about this major milestone.”

Our growth is only possible with everyone we deal with, including our clients, sub-contractors and our hard-working staff.

Let’s see what the next decade has in store!

If you want to be part of our team, check out our open positions and grow with us!