Cavanaghs was founded by Dr Tom Cavanagh when it was appointed to the Ford Network in 1966 by then CEO of Ford Ireland, Tommy Brennan.
In 1969, Martin Condon joined Cavanaghs as a trainee junior sales executive, quickly playing a major part as the dealership started to make its mark as a serious Ford entity.
At that time, Dr Cavanagh also had a dealership in Fermoy and would later add another dealership in Blackrock in Cork.
Reflecting on those early days, Dr Cavanagh said the success was built on the trust placed on management and staff he worked with over the years.
“Trust in your staff is a key component for any company to be a success. Without it, the company will never fully reach its true potential”.
Dr Cavanagh, now in his 80s, still displays all of the sharpness and intellect that made him one of Cork’s earliest entrepreneurs and whose name went on to be synonymous with the Ford brand, and motoring in general, throughout Munster.
In recent years, he has given generously of his time both as the chairman of the IBAL group (Irish Business Against Litter) and also as a patron of UCC, having spent many years as an active member of their governing body.
Over the years the company has gone from strength to strength, adding two modern showrooms, which now house the Ford passenger and commercial range.
Cavanaghs was named the SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry) the ‘National Franchised Dealer of the Year 2011’ and has been presented with the ‘Ford Chairman’s Award of Excellence’ for customer service no fewer than 13 years out of last 18 since 1997 — an award richly valued within the Ford Dealer Network given that it is solely voted on by the buying public.
In 2015, the company was awarded the ‘Gold Standard’ by Deloitte Ireland as part of its ‘Best Managed Companies’ programme.
At the recent 2016 Ford National Dealer Meeting at the Europe Hotel, Ford Ireland CEO Ciaran McMahon presented managing director Martin Condon with a carriage clock marking Cavanaghs 50th anniversary as a main Ford dealer.