Small firm, big vision
Having forged a glowing reputation in the fields of haulage, servicing
and school bus-route operation, Mount Leinster Haulage has branched into
vehicle testing in recent times and the companys success
continues to grow.
Leinster haulage’s base in Bagenalstown
Mount Leinster Haulage is approaching its 30th anniversary, but the company
is scarcely recognisable from that which first opened for business in
Back then, repairs was the name of the game but almost three decades on,
the family-owned firm has flourished into several different areas of expertise.
Garage repairs and servicing still form a key component of the companys
day-to-day operations, but the company has diversified significantly into
various different areas, from haulage to school-buses and, most recently,
Bus Eireann was one of the companys flagship customers from an early
stage, and Mount Leinster Haulage made the most of its relationship with
the national bus operator to become prominent in the area of school bus
operations, with a number of buses currently on contract to Bus Eireann.
Spruhan - Tester in the DOE Test Centre
Mount Leinster owner and managing director Eamonn Spruhan says: It
was a small garage business from 1980 or 81, carrying out repairs
and among plenty of other customers we did a bit of work for Bus Eireann,
servicing buses, from about 85.
We got into the lorries around that time too, working for a local
quarry and drawing sugar beet and grain, with Minch Malt one of the main
clients for 25 years or so. We also do haulage work for a local firm KCT
The company constructed its new premises at its Bagenalstown, County Carlow
base in 2001, by extending its previous garage headquarters.
More than seven years on, the next phase in the history of Mount Leinster
Haulage is on the verge of fruition.
The winter months are generally a quiet time for haulage, particularly
so given the gloomy economic picture which has prevailed in the downturn
of recent months. Far from falling victim to depression, however, the
outlook is bright for Mount Leinster Haulage particularly with
a company name change on the horizon as it bids to give its vehicle testing
centre pride of place at its new base.
VTN Centre takes pride of place in the company’s operation
Mount Leinsters advent into the sphere of vehicle testing has been
quarter of a century in the making. Eamonn Spruhan elaborates: Getting
into testing was a thing I had in my mind since it came out first in 1982.
Its something weve always thought of doing my father
was a mechanic, and its something that was always in my head.
The various different strands of the company helped in that respect.
People came to us to get their vehicle tested and then said they hadnt
realised that we were doing garage work, and vice versa. So different
aspects of the business have generated customers for other parts of it.
Mount Leinster Haulage tests all manner of commercial vehicles, from light
to heavy, with customers ranging from those who have already serviced
their vehicles to those who go through the testing procedure first in
order to determine the areas which require servicing.
O’Dwyer - Receptionist DOE Centre
It is now a little more than 18 months since Mount Leinster Haulage inaugurated
its new Vehicle Testing Network centre, and Eamonn Spruhan is pleased
with the way things have gone.
It needed plenty of investment, in infrastructure, in equipment
and in training, he says. You need to go into these things
with your eyes open youre not going to make a profit from
day one. It was always in our heads that it would take five years before
you would be certain to get a return, but things are going well, were
quite happy and were probably ahead of schedule on that.
With the new Road Safety Authority (RSA) having come on stream in 2006,
it would appear that Mount Leinsters move into vehicle testing was
The RSA definitely changed things, says Eamon. People
who were involved in testing before that date probably had to do a good
bit of upgrading to meet the new requirements. But we started in May 2007,
so we were probably lucky with the timing of it.
While vehicle testing is a key element of the burgeoning company, managed
primarily by oldest son Edward, Mount Leinster still concentrates plenty
of its energies on the other elements of the business.
Eamonn and wife Breda operate the school-buses while son Seamus is involved
in the haulage side of the business and a third son, Cathal, is likely
to move into the business when he finishes his time in college.
With a number of staff, Mount Leinster Haulage might appear small at first
glance, but with expertise ranging across four different areas, its vision
puts many other companies in the shade.