Ireland's Plumbing & Heating Magazine Issue 112 Mar-Apr


The dream team at AJ. Pictured standing (L-R): Sales Consultant Trevor Burtney, Ballynahinch Showroom Manager Colin Smyth, Ballynahinch Branch Manager Patrick Lowry, Plumbing and Heating General Manager Allan Gough, Company Secretary Geraldine Kelly, Sales Design Consultant Francis McGivern, Director Jonathan O’Brien, Director Clifford O’ Brien and Office Administrator Grainne Moffett. Pictured seating (L-R): Sales Consultant Joanne Skillen, Director Jim O’Brien and Bathroom Showroom Manager Site & Commercial Pricing Verona McKeating.


A J Plumbing has come a long way since Jim O’Brien’s sheds at his parents’ home, but the company ethos which Jim instilled from the very beginning remains today: put the customer first, deliver the best possible service and know your product. The team that keeps the new space in Ballynahinch up and running personifies those values every day. Bathroom Showroom Manager Colin Smyth has been with the company since 2007. “His customer service is exceptional and enthusiasm for the new showroom will ensure the branch’s continuous growth,” commented Verona McKeating, Bathroom Showroom Manager Site & Commercial Pricing at AJ Plumbing. Trevor Burtney is a Sales Consultant with extensive experience in both tiles and sanitary ware. He has worked in the industry for over 30 years and has been with AJ Plumbing since 2019. Verona was all praise: “He is a strong and extremely

valuable team member,” she said. Sales Consultant Joanne Skillen joined AJ Plumbing in October 2022, having previously worked in the bathroom industry from 1996 to 2009. “Being back to what she excels in is fantastic for AJ Plumbing, as we already can see her strengths,” Verona stated. “We are delighted to have Joanne on board.” Patrick Lowry is the Ballynahinch Branch Manager. Paddy has been in the plumbing industry for 28 years and joined AJ Plumbing in 2020, at a time when the industry faced numerous new challenges imposed by the Covid pandemic. “His vast experience within the plumbing industry and leadership, planning and coaching skills are excellent. In a short space of time, he has already taken the branch to a new level,” Verona commented. “With Paddy at the Ballynahinch helm, we believe the future is bright for the branch.”

Four choices in South Down

Located at 45 Lisburn Road, the Ballynahinch branch of AJ Plumbing opens from 8 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday. The branch opens until 8 pm on Thursdays and on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. AJ Plumbing offers three other showrooms in Northern Ireland: the headquarters in Newry, the branch in Banbridge and AJ’s Elite Bathrooms, founded in 2005 also in Newry. Elite Bathrooms is a modern showroom focusing on the middle to the upper market range and specialising in main leading brands such as Villeroy & Boch and Hansgrohe. The company’s commitment to sourcing the most innovative products has led to both repeat business and a continued flow of new clients.

AJ Plumbing Supplies Ltd, 45 Lisburn Rd, Ballynahinch, Co. Down, BT24 8TT. T: +44 (0)28 9756 4636 - E:



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