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Ulster Tyres celebrates 40 years in business


Ulster Tyres is celebrating 40 years in business this year, having been founded by husband and wife team Joe and Brighid McGinley back in 1978.

Prior to establishing Ulster Tyres, Joe was a director for a local tyre company and having spotted opportunities in the tyre trade, he decided to set up his own company, ably assisted by wife Brighid.

Joe and Brighid tentatively opened the business beside Whitehouse Motors in Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. The business was a great hit locally and quickly outgrew its location.

In 1980 the business moved to a purpose built warehouse and tyre fitting unit in Stranorlar and never looked back.

In 1982 Ulster Tyres opened a second outlet on the Port Road in Letterkenny. Two years later,
the company trebled its warehouse space and again in 2000 added a multi-million pound extension to its premises at Ballybofey.

Ulster Tyres has had a long association with the local football (soccer) scene, sponsoring the League of Ireland’s Top Goal Scorer Award for many years.

Joe explains: “I wanted to make sure I gave the right incentive to score plenty of goals”.

Ulster Tyres has close ties with the local community, and for many years the company circulated sweets to the local schools at Christmas time… a throwback to Joe’s own time at school in Ardara.

Brighid, a native of Annagry was the financial controller and joint director of the company for many years.

Three of the couple’s four children have been involved in the business down through the years. Anne Marie, Yvonne and Fiona have all worked for the company and Fiona runs the company today.

Ulster Tyres is one of the largest independently owned tyre wholesalers, distributors and retailers in the North West and has been at the forefront of the industry throughout its 40 year history.

From a wholesale perspective Ulster Tyres has more than 60,000 square feet of storage space, has a stockholding in excess of 200,000 tyres and offers a substantial array of products to both trade and retail customers.

The company was one of the first companies in the region to offer its retail customers laser alignment for cars, and continues to offer high levels of customer service to its loyal retail customer base.

Celebrating 40 years in business this year, Ulster Tyres is amongst the longest established tyre wholesalers in the country, and is highly respected as a single source of information within the tyre industry.