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McConnells is a Specialist Coatings family business with a long history in Ballycorus, Kilternan, County Dublin. It was founded in 1961 by George McConnell.

The business started producing coatings for polystyrene shoe heels in 1961. The goal was to satisfy the needs and demands of Irish footwear manufacturers.

The demise of the footwear industry in Ireland in the challenging 1970’s and 1980’s forced McConnells to evolve. With their experience in painting and gluing shoes, the business evolved to supply and manufacture high quality paints, coatings and adhesives.

From the 1980’s into the new millennium, McConnells developed and grew a strong reputation for supplying high quality paints and adhesives. These products were supplied to a wide range of industries, both locally in Dublin, Ireland and internationally.

2017 saw McConnells join forces with the Monaghan based adhesive business Action Adhesives. Action adhesives are a business that lacks the same age, at only 22 years in business. Action Adhesives, like McConnells, was a family business that grew through the tireless work of two brothers Leo and Malachy Brennan.

At McConnells we pride ourselves on our family heritage. Our new logo hopes to convey the importance of our family. It will ensure you still associate our business with the great quality products, that we have become known for. The business today, has customers that have remained loyal over the decades, thanks to the hands-on expert knowledge that can be found within our team. We continually do our utmost to go over a beyond for all our customers. If we don’t have an answer, we will follow up.

Arthur McConnell & his brother George McConnell examine an injection moulding machine in 1968
Arthur McConnell & his brother George McConnell examine an injection moulding machine on the Negri Bossi stand at the Milan Exhibition, 1968.
They were the first people in Ireland to purchase a Negri Bossi machine in 1961. The first machine purchased was a “plunger” type and at the end of its life it was returned to go on exhibition in the Negri Bossi Museum in Italy.