Company Background

“Art grows out of the good work done by men who enjoy it. It is the wealth, surely, of any country.”

from ‘Stone Mad’, by Seamus Murphy, Stone-carver

1930s: The venture which led to Kilkenny Limestone began when John Sisk & Son acquired an Irish Blue Limestone quarry near Ballinasloe, Co. Galway in response to the growing demand for native Irish stone in the building projects of the new Irish state.

1950s/60s: As the resources at the Ballinasloe site were utilized in the construction of Galway Cathedral, the company sought to expand operations with two new quarries at Ballybrew, Co. Wicklow and Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow.

1970s: The 1970s marked a period of change in how Irish Blue Limestone was manufactured and marketed, with a move away from solely ornamental uses for the stone. We began to innovate more practical and functional applications, such as cladding and paving. A good example of work from this period is the Met Eireann Headquarters at Glasnevin, Dublin with its angled façade of blue limestone cladding.

1980s: During an era of economic difficulties for Ireland, Kilkenny Limestone began to forge new export channels for blue limestone products, particularly in Europe, developing a strong reputation within the Dutch and Belgian markets. The operation of a Belgian subsidiary enabled us to strengthen our foothold in Europe, expanding our reach across a number of countries.

1990s/2000s: Over the last two decades, Kikenny Limestone has made continued investment, not just into the Irish market, but also within the UK. These significant strides received recent recognition in being selected as suppliers to Norman Foster’s illustrious flagship project on the River Thames – the MoreLondon Development. Stone Developments are also proud partners in the construction of many of modern Ireland’s most iconic buildings, including Department of Finance, Dublin, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork and Offaly County Council Civic Offices.

2013s: In 2013, the three quarries of Old Leighlin Co. CarlowKellymount and Holdensrath Co. Kilkenny were brought under one name, Kilkenny Limestone, as part of the Belgian Brachot Hermant Group.