Topline Group Announcements

Following the recent retirement of outgoing Chairman, Jack Keenan, the Board of Directors of Topline Group has announced the appointment of Michael Doyle to the position.

Michael was instrumental in the establishment of the Topline Group in the mid-1970’s, identifying both a need and a demand for like-minded independent Hardware/Builders Merchants to pool their purchasing requirements to secure more competitive prices. He has served on the Group’s Board since that time, contributing to the Group’s development, successful growth and prudent management.

A Carlow native, Michael joined ‘Doyles of the Shamrock’ in 1969, a business established in 1884 by his grandfather. At the time, it employed 10 people and consisted of a bar, grocery and hardware store. Under Michael’s stewardship, the business developed into one of Ireland’s best known and most respected Hardware/Builders Merchants, operating from two locations, Carlow and Tullow. Over the years, Topline Doyles has been formally recognised on many occasions, including receiving the Octabuild ‘Overall Merchant of the Year’ accolade on two separate occasions, while Michael himself was the recipient of the Octabuild ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2013 in recognition of his contribution to and impact on the Irish merchanting sector.

Conor O’Dwyer is appointed to the newly-created position of Head of Group Operations. In this new role, Conor will assume overall responsibility for all Group buying, central warehouse operations and member operations support.

Conor joined Topline Group in 2010 as Retail Project Manager, having previously worked for Halfords and Reebok. He was appointed Buying Operations Manager in 2015 and Head of Operations Support in 2017. Group CEO, Hugh O’Donnell, commented on Conor’s appointment: “Both our Board and I are delighted to promote Conor to this important position. Since joining our business in 2019, he has consistently proven himself to be an effective, highly-driven, action-orientated professional who is popular with and respected by our members. I personally look forward to working even more closely with him to drive improvements in our operating model and business proposition”.

Lorcan Carr is appointed Manager, Heavy Buying, reporting to Conor O’Dwyer, with responsibility for all purchasing decisions relating to building materials and heavy hardware.

Lorcan joined Topline Group in 2017, having previously worked with Grafton Merchanting and Liffey Providers.

Group CEO, Hugh O’Donnell, commented on Lorcan’s appointment: “I am delighted to appoint Lorcan to such an important role within our business. Over the past two and a half years, he has built strong, effective working relationships with many Topline members through the delivery of high-quality operational support, largely focused on the heavy-end of their businesses. I look forward to him making an equally-effective contribution in his new role.”