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How widening the talent pool can address the skills gap. DCD Opinions speak to Amy Lane, Kirby Group Engineering. Put any group of data center executives into a room and, before long, you’ll start hearing the dreaded term “skills shortage.” It’s become an increasingly acute problem across the industry during the post-pandemic years. Yet, the […]

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A career in health and safety brings a lot of opportunities for all

“A career in health and safety is hugely rewarding – you get to help ensure people go home safely to their families every day, and that’s very satisfying,” says Mick Fahey, Kirby EHS Manager for Ireland and the UK, who is proud to lead his team of 35 EHS Advisors at sites across the two

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Second Intake Announced for Kirby Bursary Programme

Engineering firm builds on drive to promote the sector among female students Kirby Group Engineering has announced five winners of its third level bursary programme. This is the second year of the initiative, which provides exciting opportunities for women to gain experience in the wider engineering industry. Kirby is a leading mechanical and engineering contractor

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‘Earn and learn’ and get a foot on the ladder with Kirby

Fergus Barry, Kirby HR Director spoke to the Business Post on how Kirby provides great opportunities for people to build their career path. Providing full mechanical and electrical contracting services, as well as specialist high voltage (HV) and medium voltage (MV) design and construction services to clients across a number of different sectors including data

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Off-site Manufacturing in Data Centre Construction

Built Environment Magazine speaks to Mikey Ryan, Kirby Operations Director. Kirby prides itself on delivering high quality services in an efficient and timely manner. To this end, its drive towards off-site manufacturing in the construction of data centres is proving hugely successful for all stakeholders. In fact, such has been the demand and growth in this

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Engineering a digital future at Kirby

Given that artificial intelligence is becoming a feature of almost all industries, Mark Danaher – Associate Director – BIM / Technical Services at Kirby, believes AI can be an integral part of the Kirby digitisation strategy, along with several other crucial strands that form the company’s bespoke three-year strategy to digitally transform its practices, which

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Data center developments: The people behind the projects

Why an investment in people is imperative to delivering data center developments on demand. DCD Opinions speak to Pearse Dolan, Kirby Group Engineering. The twin demands of data consumption and secure data storage are constantly growing. At this point, mid-way through 2023, the greatest challenge facing our sector is mobilizing skilled staff to deliver on

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Delivering Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times

Kirby prides itself on its ‘no surprises approach’ to projects, backed up by thorough planning with all stakeholders from pre-construction all the way to commissioning DCD Opinions speak to Ronan O’Neill, Kirby Group Engineering. When the British nuclear submarine HMS Vanguard (cost: £3.75bn/$4.65bn) was undergoing routine maintenance, an engineer working in the nuclear reactor chamber

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‘Ultimate Hell Week’ Performance Reflects Kirby’s Resilience and Teamwork Approach

Kirby Group’s Fergus McFadden speaks about “chaotic” but extremely rewarding five days on RTE show. Kirby takes pride in the teamwork, commitment and determination we bring to every project we take on. It feels extra special when we see our colleagues displaying those admirable qualities outside their working lives, especially when it helps support those

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“By investing in talent and adopting new ways of working, we have unleashed the potential of a more diverse workforce” Sean Rapple – Pre-Construction Director speaks to the CIF Magazine.

Nurturing a diverse workforce is a well rooted concept at Kirby. The family-founded business has proudly welcomed colleagues from around the world for many years, and now has 42 nationalities represented across the business. In recent years, the company’s Pre-Construction team decided that its future strength would be in diversity and taking this to the

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Data center supply chain challenges: It’s good to talk

Managing complex supply chains today requires diligence and hard work to bring data center builds in successfully and on-budget, advises Kirby procurement specialist David Waldron. DCD Opinions speak to David Waldron, Kirby Group Engineering. The supply chain issues currently blighting data center development are not necessarily new, nor have they struck out of the blue.

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What workers want has never been a more powerful factor in the labour market. As we emerge from two years of disruption, experts tell us ‘it’s talent’s world and employers live in it’.

Fergus Barry – HR Director speaks to the CIF Magazine. The construction and engineering industries are no different. We must look at ourselves and realise that if we want to attract and retain new talent, we must provide an environment that’s attractive to and supportive of them. Our search has clearly identified that people today

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Building the largest data centers

Demand for data center capacity has grown exponentially in recent years. While the scale, speed of delivery and technological advancements have progressed significantly, the principles of how we work remain unchanged. We adhere steadfastly to Kirby’s core values of People, Safety, Quality, Delivery and Value. These priorities have guided us since the company’s foundation and

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The Engineering Firm working to be a ‘Good Grid Citizen’

John Grogan, Kirby Group Engineering Director, contributes to the US-Ireland Business Report 2022 with his thoughts on sustainability and working to be a ‘Good Grid Citizen’. Thirty years ago, focusing on sustainable or energy efficient methods of working had a poor image in mainstream culture. Making the effort to be ‘green’ was often depicted as

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A Bright Outlook for Limerick and Surrounding Areas in 2022

Ruairi Ryan, Operations Director, Kirby Group Engineering speaks to the Limerick Leader. 2022 is going to be a great year for Limerick and the surrounding region. The recent announcements around major investments from leading organisations such as Eli Lilly, University of Limerick, BD Ireland demonstrates real confidence in the opportunities and talent in our region.

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DCD Opinions: Is the key to the future of next generation data center delivery in our past?

Why yesterday’s lessons could pave the way for tomorrow’s progress. DCD Opinions speak to Barry O’Sullivan, Kirby Group Engineering. “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen”, said the great American writer Mark Twain, concerning knowledge being the very close relative of experience.

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A winning recipe for good mental health and wellbeing by Kyle Hayes

As part of the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) Construction Safety Week, we asked Limerick All-Ireland hurling champion and Kirby Training Officer Kyle Hayes to share his tips for maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. #CIFSafety21 In August, the Limerick hurling team played in front of 40,000 fans at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, with a

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DCD Opinions: By investing in talent today, we will ensure sustainable data center delivery tomorrow

Few industries have grown over the past 18 months quite like the data center sector. Now, though, growth could be constrained by a lack of suitable talent. DCD Opinions speak to Fergus Barry, Kirby Group Engineering. As we face the latter half of 2021 and a post-COVID re-emergence of the world’s economies, the reality is

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DCD Opinions: Building the data centers of the future

HoloLens, robots, interactive screens and more: Kirby’s Mark Danaher talks about the future of hyperscale data center construction DCD Opinions speak to Mark Danaher, Kirby Group Engineering. During the first ‘information revolution’, when CAD took over from drawing boards, sophisticated designs were… printed off. While the architect’s or the engineer’s office might have undergone a

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‘How resilience and values helped Kirby create a €300m business’, Mark Flanagan speaks to The Currency

“When you put iron into the furnace, steel is forged” – how resilience and values helped Kirby Group Engineering create a €300m business. Kirby began with two brothers from Limerick and one big idea. Today, Kirby employs 1,200 people and has revenues of €300m. Its Managing Director Mark Flanagan talks about Covid, overcoming challenges and

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