John Paul Construction


Peter O'Grady WalshePeter O’Grady Walshe– Chairman

Peter is a graduate of University College Dublin and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. He has worked with KPMG in Dublin, London and Philadelphia and was previously an executive director of NCB Corporate Finance (now Investec). He has been involved in the acquisition of a number of businesses over the last 20 years and has in the past served as an executive director of Paddy Power plc and Xtra-vision Limited. Peter took over as chairman of John Paul Construction in 2016 and brings enormous business acumen and experience to the Board.


Eamon Booth_NEWEamon Booth – Managing Director

Eamon joined the Group in 1978 and operated at Site Engineer, Project Manager and Contracts Manager level, across a wide range of projects and sectors before being appointed to the Board in 1998. As part of the senior team who negotiated the management buyout of the company in 2002, he has been involved in the strategic direction of the Group for the past 16 years. Eamon was appointed Managing Director in 2006 and has guided the business in diversifying internationally over recent years and developing growing operations in the UK and Saudi Arabia.


Donal Winters_NEW1Donal Winters – Operations Director

Donal joined our surveying team in 1978 where he was involved in a variety of building and civil engineering projects.  He was appointed as Contracts Manager in 1988 during which time he successfully managed a variety of high profile projects. His 40 years of construction experience with John Paul includes prestigious projects across several sectors, such as healthcare, pharmaceutical, education, industrial and refurbishment.  Donal joined the Board as Operations Director in 1999 and remains very much hands-on in his role.



Conor O'Donnell_NEWConor O’Donnell – Financial Director

Conor qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 and joined us in 1990.  He was appointed to the Board as Finance Director in 1991.  He was part of the negotiating team that led to the management buy out of the company in 2002 and has been closely involved in the strategic management of the company since.  He is responsible for all aspects of the finance function including accounting, treasury, financial planning, company secretarial and IT.



Liam Kenny - Deputy Managing DirectorLiam Kenny – Deputy Managing Director

Liam holds a MSc degree in Construction Project Management and has 24 years’ experience in the construction industry in Ireland and the Middle East. He joined the company in 2004 and has operated at senior management level since. In 2011 he was instrumental in establishing Absal Paul Contracting in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and as Operations Director was involved in the strategic management of the company. Liam has a track record of delivering complex projects for global multinational organizations in R&D, pharma, data and logistics as well as in the commercial and residential sectors.



Joe McLoughlinJoe McLoughlin – Construction Director

Joe is a chartered civil engineer with over 40’ years international experience in design and build, management contracting and traditional projects in both the private and public sectors. He has served at Director level since 1999 and in that time has successfully delivered in excess of €2.0 billion worth of high profile projects across all sectors including Industrial, pharmaceutical, Commercial, Retail, Health and Education. Joe joined John Paul Construction in 2015 as Construction Director with responsibility for managing our construction activities in the Connaught and Ulster regions. Joe recently completed the Alkermes project in Athlone which received the Large Pharma Project of the year at the 2016 Pharma Industry Awards.



Paraic KeoghParaic Keogh – Construction Director

Paraic is a chartered civil engineer with over 28 years’ experience in delivering major projects across all sectors of the industry, notably in commercial and residential developments. He has recently worked on the landmark Elm Park Redevelopment, Trinity City Hotel, and the 296 bed Thomas Street Student Accommodation in Dublin. He has a strong background in senior leadership roles, having served at Director level since 2001. Paraic joined John Paul Construction in 2016 as Construction Director and is responsible for managing our building teams in the Leinster Region.



John Keaveney - Construction DirectorJohn Keaveney – Construction Director

John is a civil engineer with over 24 years’ experience in the construction sector, where he has been responsible for the delivery of a diverse range of large scale building and infrastructure projects across multiple sectors. For the past 10 years, John has held senior leadership positions at Director level in both Ireland and the UK.



John Moran - Construction DirectorJohn Moran – Construction Director

John joined John Paul Construction in 2014 as Contracts Manager and was promoted to Construction Director in 2019. He graduated from DIT Bolton Street with an honours degree in structural engineering and has over 24 years’ experience in the industry covering a broad range of sectors including commercial, retail, hotel & leisure, residential and general property development. Prior to joining John Paul Construction, John worked for both construction companies and property developers giving him an in-depth understanding of the industry from both the contractor and Client side. John is a hands-on manager and is fully committed to working in collaboration with all project stakeholders to ensure that project objectives are met and exceeded.



Niall O'Connor - Construction DirectorNiall O’Connor – Construction Director

Niall graduated from NUIG with an honours degree in Engineering. With over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry, he has extensive knowledge of a wide variety of projects in many sectors. These include large-scale semi-conductor projects, healthcare, education, sports stadiums and the hotel & leisure sector, including delivery of the multi-award winning Adare Manor. Since joining us in 2015, he has proven his end-to-end management ability of large scale projects. His engineering background lends to his strength in seeking problem-solving solutions for our clients. Niall always gets the best out of people and endeavours to surpass client expectations.