Family prepares to hand over to next generation

THE Sisk family, owners of the country’s top construction company, are about to pass the baton on to the next generation.

Founded in Cork in 1859 the company is now a player on the international construction stage with sales last year of €1.67bn.

This will be the fifth generation of the Sisk family to be given control of the business.

The handover of power and ownership of the business will be completed by the year end, Bernard O’Connell, executive chairman of Sisk Group Construction confirmed yesterday.

“That is well underway at this stage and it will be effectively done by the end of this year.”

“They will become the shareholders and owners of the company. The fifth generation of the family to lead the group into the next phase,” he said.

The group is controlled by George Sisk executive chairman and his two brothers John and Hal.

Their offspring will become the new owners from the end of this year.

In its early days the group focused its attention on the Munster market building schools, churches, hospitals and public buildings.

It was the third John Sisk however, who broadened the company’s horizons beyond Munster.

A civil engineer, he was responsible his father for building Cork City Hall in 1930.

In 1937 he moved to Dublin and established the company as a national player.

It secured many of the major government contracts at the time including the Industry and Commerce Building and the first £1m hospital, used in the treatment of tuberculosis.

More in this section

IE_180_logo
Price info

Subscribe to unlock unlimited digital access.
Cancel anytime.

Terms and conditions apply

The Business Hub
Newsletter

News and analysis on business, money and jobs from Munster and beyond by our expert team of business writers.

Sign up
Puzzles logo
IE-logo

Puzzles hub

Visit our brain gym where you will find simple and cryptic crosswords, sudoku puzzles and much more. Updated at midnight every day. PS ... We would love to hear your feedback on the section right HERE.

Lunchtime
News Wrap

A lunchtime summary of content highlights on the Irish Examiner website. Delivered at 1pm each day.

Sign up
Revoiced
Newsletter

Our Covid-free newsletter brings together some of the best bits from irishexaminer.com, as chosen by our editor, direct to your inbox every Monday.

Sign up