35 Years Of Fuel Merchants At Hobsons Lane
Peter’s father Anthony managed the business for years for the late Peter Joe Donohue beginning back in the middle 1980's. Anthony worked alongside the late Pat Corbett who was employed previously by Grenhams.
They continue to supply homes and businesses in the town and surrounding hinterland with a range of quality solid fuels and bottled gas.
Peter who lives in Fohenagh with his wife Philomena, daughters Anna and Maria and son Conor began with his Dad, in Hobsons Lane since he was 11 with summer jobs . Along with other part time jobs it provided income through school and indeed college.
Prior to taking over the business from Donohues in 2011 he worked in I.T. until he was made redundant during the crash 2008/09. “I always wanted to run my own business and when the opportunity arose I took it. So with Dad alongside we took it on and we will hopefully be celebrating 10 years as Peter Madden Fuels in May '21” .
Solid Fuels ie Coal, Smokeless Coal, Briquettes and bottled butane and propane gas are the main stay products for 6 days a week with a daily delivery service. They also carry a range of quality timber, wood briquettes, gas fittings and mobile heaters, as well as pet food and general household goods in store.
Recently they became Regional Agents for Irish Oxygen Industrial and Welding products, which allows them supply a range of gases for the engineering and metal fabrication sector - treatment, welding and cutting gases, i.e Oxygen, Acetylene, WeldShield and Argon.
Based in Cork, since 1949 when the Constant family set up the business to service the Steel & Motor industries- Irish Oxygen has developed a reputation second to none, producing and distributing industrial gases for industry, laboratories, agriculture, education and DIY users. It promises to be an exciting partnership going forward for Maddens Fuels.
Observing Tends in the Lockdowns Peter has seen lots home delivery and shopping over the phone, more electronic payments. “People did panic to begin with but it has evened out as customers are more assured about supply and their needs”, notes Peter.
“More people are turning to smokeless fuel as they are learning the benefits to both their pocket and the environment. There is a lot of new, more efficient appliances in use and on the market nowadays, a far cry from the Stanley 8 or the Aga. Come in and chat us. Don't think you have to bulk buy to save. Sample and try out different products and combinations to find what suits you and your appliance or house best“, advises Peter.
Peter, Pat, his wife Philomena and Dad Anthony who is being Covid conscious in present times but still active in the background are all on hand to assist.
Store open Monday to Friday 10 to 6 and Saturday 10 to 5. Phone 090964368 or 086 8629387
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