At Holbein Carpentry & Joinery, we understand and value the importance of community and how it shapes the future of our local area. We also recognize that young people are the leaders of tomorrow and actively engage with them wherever possible.

Our company works with our young community by:

  • Opening our doors to our local secondary school on a yearly basis, providing a detailed insight into local industry.
  • Providing a presentation about our business to students; giving them an insight into the second sector of economic activity, which all manufacturing processing and construction jobs lie within. We discuss our place within the community, the factors affecting the business, and the importance of trying to reduce our environmental impact including the importance of buying and supporting local.
  • Giving a guided tour of our workshop where students learn about the various stages and processes of infrastructure.
  • Providing advice and materials for Junior & Leaving Certificate projects.
  • Offering work experience each year to students.

Our hope is to motivate young entrepreneurs, develop lateral thinking, and provide viable career opportunities for their future.

Other community involvement includes:

  • Native Woodland trust – we support and sponsor the preservation of Ireland’s remaining ancient woodlands
  • Scoil Realt Na Mara, Tuosist – we sponsored and manufactured specialised furniture for the school’s special needs facility
  • Vikingdom Raft Race Kenmare – we take part and have supported this annual event every year since it began
  • Tuosist GAA Golf Classic – we take part and support this event each year
  • Sneem Bee Keepers – we are current members and are hoping to install bee hives in the land around our workshop
  • KMEG – we are current members and we took part in the showcasing of Kenmare for the National Enterprise Award
  • Darkness Into Light – we produced a candle board for this charity event
  • Fairy Forest “The Enchanted Woods” – we manufactured the main prop sign for this local event
  • Halloween Howl – we manufactured props for this local festival
  • SuperValu’s Tidy Towns – we manufactured a display unit to accommodate the awards that Kenmare has won
  • Kenmare Community Alliance – Oliver and Michael are founding members of this group
  • Irish Wood & Furniture Manufacturing Network – we have been members since the network was first established

Good luck to Pobailscoil Inbhear Scéine students Conor Casey, Emmet Glynn Johnston and Asher Grant ‘Team KPH Construction Racing’ who have entered the F1 in Schools competition.

F1 in Schools is an international STEM competition for students in which groups of between three and six students have to design and manufacture a miniature car out of the official F1 Model Block using CAD/CAM design tools. Team KPH Construction Racing has qualified for the national final which is due to take place week commencing April 19th 2021.

The goal of the F1 in Schools competition is to build and race the fastest Formula One car powered by compressed gas cylinders. For the competition the students needed to raise sponsorship to fund the development of the car, manage the teams brand and partnerships, appropriately test and prototype car designs under consideration, and then analyse the performance of these designs. The team will be judged across multiple categories in the competition including racing, portfolios (there is two portfolios: one for engineering and one for enterprise), verbal presentation, pit display, and the teams social media and marketing plan.

The team is led by Conor Casey who takes responsibility for the management of the team, defines team goals, objectives and aims, ensuring the car is adequately prepared for the competition and defines a timeline that the team followed to ensure everything is ready for competition day.

Emmet Glynn Johnston is the teams Design and Manufacturing Engineer, and he oversees the creation, design, styling, and performance of the car. He also advises the wider team concerning the manufacturing requirements of the car.

Asher Grant is the Marketing Manager and responsible for creating any necessary marketing materials required for the promotion of the team and undertake any related public relations tasks which align with the goals of the team.

The team currently has three sponsors providing support, main sponsor is KPH Construction, supported by two secondary sponsors Holbein Carpentry & Joinery and MHL Consulting Engineers. These sponsors have generously contributed to the team and made it possible for the students to take part in this competition

We understand & value the importance of community & how it shapes the future of our town