Charles McCarthy set up a Plumbing business at 41 Paul St. in
1881. As well as plumbing, heating and drainage installations,
they carried out gas lighting in Dublin Castle and throughout
Cork City. The contracts they carried out at that time were
new laboratories for Trinity College Dublin, UCC's Chemical
Building, the Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital Cork, Cork Exhibitions
and Shandon Chemical Works.
The business moved to new premises in 1901 at
Emmet House, Emmet Place, where the firm is still operating
today from the same building. The firm continued to expand throughout
the 20th Century which was run by his sons Charles F. McCarthy
and Florence McCarthy. Some of the contracts of note were the
The Bons Secour Hospitals Cork and Tralee, Orthopedic, Mercy
Hospitals, hotels, institutions, churches and residences throughout
Munster. During the "Emergency" they worked on fitting
out ships at Cork Dockyard.
They have always kept up with industry changes
and still carry out all types of mechanical services work i.e."
from installing a steamboiler to repairing a ballvalve".
The tradition of top level craftsmanship has always
been maintained within the company.