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Irish stone supplier opens first showroom in the north

Irish rugby captain Rory Best is pictured with McMonagle Stone founder, Dan McMonagle at the launch of the company's first showroom in Northern Ireland
Gareth McKeown

A LEADING Irish stone supplier has opened its first showroom in the north in response to increasing demand.

Family-owned McMonagle Stone, who manufacture and supply natural stone building and landscaping materials, has opened a showroom in Lisburn, adding to its landscape centre in Swords, Co Dublin and head office and production facility in Mountcharles, Co Donegal.

The new Lisburn centre, located within Lissue Industrial Estate East has been open since March, but celebrated its official launch on Thursday, with the McMonagle family and team joined on the night by Irish rugby captain Rory Best and a host of local industry professionals.

Founder Dan McMonagle said opening a depot and showroom in Lisburn has proved to be a successful and positive move for the company.

"The opening of the new showroom in Lisburn adds significant capacity to our market presence, enabling us to respond to the increasing demand for natural stone in Northern Ireland. The move demonstrates our commitment in growing our distribution and improving accessibility for our customers in Northern Ireland to view our broad range of products on display," he said.

McMonagle Stone is also set to launch a new company website and online shop that will enable retail customers in the north to purchase natural stone paving and accessories online.

Founded in 1974, McMonagle Stone has grown from solely producing and supplying stone locally for domestic builds to a leading company that employs over 70 people, with customers in international markets.

The Co Donegal firm has a large project portfolio in the north, which includes the new DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) headquarters at Ballykelly, Olympia Leisure Centre in Belfast and the Saint Patrick visitor centre in Downpatrick.

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