Our Employees

Kirwan Masonry Services acknowledges the importance of our employees and believes in attracting, retaining and nurturing the best craftspeople. Our company has a varied demographic with experienced masons with over forty years’ experience right down to first year apprentices.

We are firm believers in lifelong learning, our varied demographic allows for on the job training and knowledge transfer. We have in recent years invested significantly in masonry and lime based training. We have developed our own in-house training programme on lime mortars in conjunction with former head of training at English Heritage have delivered on site training.

Our employees have attended West Dean College for specific masonry conservation training in an effort to improve or work practices and be the best at what we do. All our employees have current Safe Pass, manual handling, Abrasive wheel training and Garda clearance.

John Kirwan

John Kirwan is the Director of the company and is responsible for, along with its employees, the smooth running of the business. John is a highly respected stonemason in the field of conservation and completed his apprenticeship to the late great Jimmy Kehoe. John has worked on many of Ireland’s most exciting conservation projects over the years.
John completed his post Grade diploma over 2 years in 2016/ 2017 in West Dean Collage England in The Repair and maintenance of historic Buildings .
He was awarded the coveted Historic England /John Ashurst prize in 2017 in acknowledge of his outstanding contribution to the conservation of historic buildings.

Joe Kirwan Snr

Joe Snr has been involved in the construction industry for over forty years predominately working with Historic houses, Churches and Banks. He is on hand to offer advice to the company and its employees. He has a keen interest in traditional materials and vernacular houses. He was an early advocate of lime in the use of building and in the late nineties started using natural hydraulic lime in buildings. He takes particular interest in weathering of buildings and how to improve on previous poor repairs.

Eric Osborne

Eric Osborne RIBA ARB works a consultant to us. He provides preliminary surveys for budget estimates on projects. His office also provides detailed survey drawings and generates shop drawings and cutting lists for dimensioned stone where required.