Under Construction with Chadwicks

Chadwicks

Trade talk, tips and banter for trade and construction workers across Ireland.

Aidan Power and Fred Cooke chat with industry insiders, get great tips on how to improve business and take a peek behind the scenes at Chadwicks. Listen in the van or on job with new episodes every Monday.

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We have some excellent but frank tips for construction teams with some of the most competitive team managers in the GAA. Hear from Wexfords hurling manager Davy Fitz, former Waterford Manager Derek McGrath and from the hurling county of Kilkenny, we hear from Chadwicks chief cat Tony Duggan.  We also hear some brilliant but simple advice on how to protect your power tools and we reveal our series ending Joke of the Week to win the Tool of Dreams!   Our Guests Derek McGrath played as a centre-forward for the Waterford Senior Hurling Team before going on management and taking the team to All Ireland level. Since retiring from the sport he has become a professional in in team management and coaching. Davy Fitz is the manager of the Wexford Hurling Senior Team and as a player before that he was widely considered to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of his generation. Tony Duggan has worked 20+ years as a builders merchant and is the well known manager at Chadwicks Kilkenny. When he is not working, he is very involved in local sport including the Special Olympics and GAA. Chadwicks Sgt Dean Kerins is an experienced Garda Crime Prevention Officer with a history of working in the security and investigations industry. Skilled in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, Emergency Management, and Criminal Law he shares great but simple advice on how to protect your work tools. Garda Crime Prevention   Contact Us: WhatsApp: 087 77 54 555 Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie

Jul 19

37 min 10 sec

Projects for our favourite TV construction show are underway right now. Catchup with presenter Baz Aahmawy for behind-the-scenes stories of why so many trades get involved and how this series challenged with the biggest job ever: building an entire house in nine days. Branch Manager Dermot Groarke shares how Chadwicks are involved and the kind of materials needed for the jobs.   Baz Ashmawy is one of Irelands more recognizable tv broadcasters. Baz presents ‘DIY SOS’ on RTÉ One where he and his team set out to renovate the homes of deserving families changing their lives forever. DIY SOS on RTE   Dermot Groarke is the Branch Manager for Chadwicks. He has been involved in the building materials industry since he was a teenager and now is running the show Chadwicks largest outlet in Drimnagh, Dublin. Chadwicks Robinhood Road   CONTACT DETAILS If you think you can win our Joke of the Week or have a photo of work you’re proud of to share with us,  send us your voice messages and photos to: WhatsApp: 087 77 54 555 Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie  

Jul 12

33 min 6 sec

Is there is such a thing as a high-tech bolt? We find out with Chadwicks highly specialised fixing centre and chat with RTE’s Pete the Builder about the #1 most critical issue facing the industry.   GUESTS   Brian Dillon is Branch Manager of Chadwicks Fixing Centre at Thomas Street Dublin. He grew up in the trade with his dads construction company, before moving into merchant sales and specialising in fixings and power tools at Chadwicks. https://chadwicks.ie/branches/fixing-centre-thomas-street   Peter Flynn AKA Pete The Builder Peter stars in the TV makeover show Home Rescue on RTÉ and has also appeared on numerous Room to Improve shows. Peter is known as a positive representative for the Construction Industry in general.   He is a Carpenter by trade and holds numerous other construction accreditations. Having learned his trade with a small house builder, he moved on to a construction management position in TCD. The call of site and construction adventure encouraged Peter to open his own construction company that delivered many years of successful projects.   CONTACT DETAILS If you think you can win our Joke of the Week or have a photo of work you’re proud of to share with us,  send us your voice messages and photos to: WhatsApp: 087 77 54 555 Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie

Jul 5

29 min 51 sec

There has been a lot of innovation and technology brought into bathrooms over the last two or three years, especially in large scale construction projects.  Some of it has been brought about because of Covid, some because of Brexit and some because of changing attitudes in society. -How Covid has encouraged changed in uni-sex toilets -Problems with conserving water -Challenges with installed in hospitals, offices and hotels -Outrageous bathroom designs -The biggest selling bathroom must-haves   OUR GUESTS Triona McHugh is the Specification Manager for Ideal Standard in Ireland. She regularly works on large scale installs for major projects nationally. https://www.idealstandard.ie https://www.linkedin.com/in/tr%C3%ADona-mchugh-1893851b6/ For a short video of the new Intellimix tap, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiFxQbp1bQw   Jennifer Bonus has 20s year experience with builders providers doing mains and drains pipes, valves and fittings before become Chadwicks Key Account Manager for Commercial Sanitary Ware. https://www.chadwicks.com   OUR CONTACT DETAILS WhatsApp Voicenotes: 087 77 54 555 Podcast Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie

Jun 28

29 min 38 sec

We take a look at today’s best-selling power tools, what goodies are still to come and answer the No. 1 question we’re always asked about tools. We also find out more about work wear and how Snickers got the name. Why work wear is so hard wearing How site clothing has improved in recent years What to consider when buying a power tool Should you buy a well-known or cheaper generic brand   GUEST DETAILS Derek Deasy has been working with Snickers WorkWear for 20+ years from hands on experience at the founders HQ in Sweden to running the flagship store in Ireland. He has seen lots of change but is as passionate about work wear as ever. https://www.snickersworkwear.com/   Jason Maher is the Hardware Category Manager for Chadwicks and oversees the power tool range. He has almost 15 years’ experience in the area and shares advantages/disadvantages as well as new tools we’ll be seeing down the line. https://chadwicks.ie/     CONTACT DETAILS   WhatsApp Voicenotes: 087 77 54 555 Podcast Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie Under Construction is produced by DustPod.ie for Chadwicks

Jun 21

33 min 53 sec

Sustainability is not just good for the planet, it’s good for business too!  We keep up-to-speed on the latest regulations and opportunities. - Hear how the new NZ Building Codes affects new builds and renovations. - Why hundreds of thousands of homes will need upgrade works in the next few years. - How you can get qualified and registered for the work. GUESTS Pat Barry is Chief Executive Officer of the Irish Green Building Council which he co-founded in 2010. He is an Architect with over 20 years of experience in Ireland, Europe and South America, a Masters in Environmental design of buildings from University of Cardiff and is a qualified Passive House and DGNB consultant. igbc.ie David Calt is with the Chadwicks Group for nine years. Before that he spent fourteen years in the Plumbing Merchants business working across the greater Dublin area. Today he is Regional H&P Sales Manager for Chadwicks, looking after all things plumbing in 13 Branches across the North East, Midlands and West coast. chadwicks.ie Johanna who shared her horse box conversion story has shared photos on IG.  You can see them here. instagram.com   CONTACT DETAILS WhatsApp Voicenotes: 087 77 54 555 Podcast Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie

Jun 14

31 min 56 sec

Health & Well Being are increasingly important in the business and we hear from the best on how to protect yourself.    Former construction worker and rock star Niall Breslin shares tips from his hugely successful mental health podcasts on how to deal with change and conflict on work sites.  We also hear about the Chadwicks National Tradespersons Check from Limerick manager Niall McGann. Forget the Two Johnnies and join us with the Two Nialls for this week’s Under Construction podcast with Chadwicks.   GUESTS Niall Breslin, former lead singer with The Blizzards, is one of Ireland’s most inspiring mental health advocates and presents of the hugely successful podcast ‘Where Is My Mind’. He works alongside a diverse range of clients including Apple, Google, international NGOs, and The European Parliament. www.niallbreslin.com Niall McGann is a master builders merchant who grew up in the family business before it became part of Chadwicks. He is currently Manager of Chadwicks branch in Limerick. www.chadwicks.com   CONTACT DETAILS WhatsApp Voicenotes: 087 77 54 555 Podcast Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie

Jun 7

35 min 13 sec

Chadwicks CEO Patrick Atkinson discusses why we need MORE apprentices and what needs to be done to remove the stigma surrounding apprenticeships.    Dermot Carey from the Construction Industry Federation will be telling us about some of the Government grants and incentives available to employers for taking on an apprentice. And in our Joke of the Week can Don McCarthy clinch the top spot and be in with the chance of winning Chadwicks’ TOOL OF DREAMS!   GUEST DETAILS Patrick Atkinson, Chadwicks CEO Patrick Atkinson returned to Ireland in 2015 to lead Chadwicks and Heiton Buckley just as the building trade began to boom again. Since becoming the CEO in 2017 Patrick is leading a long-term plan for the Chadwicks Group, which he hopes will help the company maintain its position in Ireland as the lead builders' merchant brand. Dermot Carey, the Director of Safety & Training from the Construction Industry Federation Dermot Carey heads up Safety & Training Department within the CIF. Dermot has responsibility for developing and guiding the CIF’s policy in these areas. Along with shaping policy, the role involves liaising with Government departments, Education sector and members on issues and providing assistance with member safety regulatory compliance. Included in this role is the operation of the Safe-T-Cert accreditation service and its day-to-day operations in the Republic of Ireland.   CONTACT DETAILS WhatsApp Voicenotes: 087 77 54 555 Podcast Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie

May 31

28 min 37 sec

Builder and RTÉ Home Rescue star Peter Finn provides some top tips on what to consider when creating a home office for a customer. Whether it’s a full home office renovation, or simply sprucing up a work from home area, Peter offers up advice on the right materials and tools to get the job done. Fred Cooke reveals why he would want a brand new construction robot for his home in Kerry and Chadwicks Sallynoggin Branch Manager Carmel O’Flaherty discusses what’s important with her Chadwicks customers there. Send us a Whatsapp voice note with your joke to win your tool of dreams or show off your work by sending a photo we can use as our podcast photo of the week   CONTACT DETAILS WhatsApp Voicenotes:                      087 77 54 555 Podcast Email:                                   podcast@chadwicks.ie   ABOUT OUR GUESTS Peter Flynn AKA Pete The Builder Peter stars in the TV makeover show Home Rescue on RTÉ and has also appeared on numerous Room to Improve shows. Peter is known as a positive representative for the Construction Industry in general.   He is a Carpenter by trade and holds numerous other construction accreditations. Having learned his trade with a small house builder, he moved on to a construction management position in TCD. The call of site and construction adventure encouraged Peter to open his own construction company that delivered many years of successful projects.   Carmel O’Flaherty, Chadwicks Sallynoggin Branch Manager Carmel has been branch manager of the Chadwicks Sallynoggin store for the last 11 years.  Carmel has excellent track record in senior management roles within the builders providers market and has a proven ability of adapting to diverse business divisions within the Chadwicks’s Group over a successful career spanning 20 years.

May 24

26 min

Today FM’s Dave Moore has taken on an outdoor project, but Aidan and Fred reckon he’s had to call in a professional to help pull off the perfect pergolas.  Fred Cooke outlines his own dream shed with some interesting ideas on what he would put in it! Plus Pat Moore, Category Director from Chadwicks, brings us up to speed with what’s happening in the trade and discusses what’s important right now for Chadwicks’ customers. Send us a Whatsapp voice note with your joke to win your tool of dreams or show off your work by sending a photo we can use as our podcast photo of the week CONTACT DETAILS WhatsApp Voicenotes: 087 77 54 555  (save to your contacts) Podcast Email:    podcast@chadwicks.ie THIS WEEKS GUESTS Dave Moore is one half of the award-winning and hugely popular radio duo, Dermot & Dave, who you’ll hear every weekday on Today FM. Having never set foot in a radio studio before, Dave’s first job was the high-profile Breakfast show on 98FM. After 12 years of huge success, the show has since made the big move to the national airwaves, to lunchtimes on Today FM, and now sits in the highly-coveted 9am-12pm slot. Here, the show reaches a huge audience in Ireland every day. With every radio award possible, double-platinum comedy albums, World Records, a number one hit for Euro 2016 and a sold-out comedy tour, Dave’s radio career has been a stellar a success. TodayFM.com Pat Moore is the Chadwicks Group Category Director with full purchasing responsibility. Pat has worked in the building materials sector for the past 26 years. He began his career in Atlantic Homecare and Woodies before moving to the merchanting side of the business with Heiton Buckley and Chadwicks. Pat has an MSc in Business from the IMI and has recently completed a Professional Diploma in eCommerce from UCD. Chadwicks.ie

May 16

25 min 42 sec

Get set for trade talk, tips and banter for trade and construction workers across Ireland. Coming soon, Aidan Power and Fred Cooke will be chatting weekly with industry insiders, getting great tips on how to run or improve your business and taking a peek behind the scenes at Chadwicks, Ireland’s leading builders merchants and home improvement specialists. Subscribe or Follow right now to listen in the van or on the job each week.   Whatsapp Voicenotes:087 77 54 555  (Add to your contacts!) Email: podcast@chadwicks.ie

Apr 17

1 min 14 sec