Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:


Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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  Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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30 New Jobs for Clondalkin with Irish Distillers

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30 New Jobs for Clondalkin with Irish Distillers

Monday, June 08, 2015 

30 New Jobs for Clondalkin with Irish Distillers

Irish Distillers, the maker of Jameson whiskey is to create 30 new jobs as part of a €17m expansion of its bottling facility in Clondalkin, Co Dublin.

Irish Distillers said the investment in its Fox and Geese facility would increase its bottling capacity by 2.5 million 9 litre cases to 7.5 million by 2017 – which would see 120 million bottles going through the site each year.

The company – which is owned by French spirits firm Pernod Ricard – has had operations at the site for 50 years, where Paddy and Powers whiskey are also bottled. Today’s announcement is in addition to a €200m investment programme which started in 2012, involving the expansion of its Midleton distillery and Dungourney maturation facility in Cork.

Irish Distillers is hoping to take advantage of increased interest in Irish whiskey internationally, with sales to the United States and other countries seeing strong growth in recent years.

Details of career opportunities with Irish Distillers, including their Graduate Recruitment Programme, are available here


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