The company was the brainchild of my grandfather Thomas, when he and some of his oldest friends formed The Irish Consolidated Bead Company on the 28th November 1945 . The aim of that company was to produce Rosary beads for the Irish and overseas market, and was based in a small workshop in Terenure Place, Dublin.
Changes in church practice in the 1960’s led to a decline in sales of traditional rosaries, but at the same time the tourism market was opening up in Ireland and the company switched focus to producing Connemara Marble gifts and gemstone jewelry made from green, Connemara marble.
I joined the company in 1975 , right after leaving school, and quickly learnt the business. As demand for Connemara Marble products increased I was tasked with securing a permanent source of the raw material, and in 1983 I succeeded in purchasing our own quarry located in Lissoughter , County Galway.
The quarry was originally opened in the 1820’s and is the oldest working marble quarry – marble from this historic site has been used in some of the world’s finest buildings, and today we can still find the most beautiful of marble that has lain hidden in the ground for over 900 million years . Under my management the company has grown and expanded. We have invested in modern stone working equipment and I take an active part in the design, development and production of the wide range that we produce.
Myself and all my team take immense pride in what we do here in our workshop, and this will be reflected in every piece that you will see on our website.