A Family affair now and then

Our History

Learn about our history and team.

McGraths Quarries (Cong) Ltd is celebrating 60 years in business and is still owned and run by the McGrath Family.

  • Michael McGrath Snr, father of the current owners, purchased the quarry in the early 1960’s from the Glynn family. The quarry has grown today to approximately 180 acres.

  • McGrath Snr produced only Limestone from the quarry up until his sudden death in 1970 at the age of 49. Mary McGrath ran the business for a period of three years until her sons Michael and John Joe took over its running which continues to this present day.

  • The quarry extended to the manufacture of stone in 1980. This was supplied to local builders and Galway & Mayo County Council for road works.

  • In 1985 the company expanded again with the introduction of a concrete plant, production begun for readymix concrete and concrete blocks to local builders and the local authorities.

  • 1995 saw the quarry exporting Weathered Limestone Rockery stone to mainland England where it is widely used by gardening centres and local authorities for landscaping purposes.

  • 1998 once again saw the company expanding as McGraths purchased a Macadam & Asphalt Manufacturing Plant. Production began and supply and lay contracting of asphalt & macadam is now a feature of McGraths Limestone.

  • Production of cement based liquid screed for local market begins.

  • In recent times the company commissioned a state of the art limestone fines filler plant, an extension to our existing lime facility producing calcium carbonates powders, flours and grits for glass manufacturing, animal/agricultural feeds and industrial industries for Ireland and all over Europe.

  • Installation of limestone grinding plant and production of Limestone Filler products.

  • Began export of Limestone filler products to European Market.

  • Production of Cemfloor Screed for local market.

  • 50 Year Anniversary celebrations took place. We produced an anniversary leaflet detailing more about our history.

  • Agreement for Sole Distribution rights for the UK and Ireland for Cemfloor proprietary technology.

  • 80 plus Cemfloor Distributors across Ireland & the UK

    Preparations are underway for our 60 year anniversary celebration. We will be holding a series of events throughout the year throughout our community.

  • The company and quarry has remained a family affair with four sons and one daughter of Michael McGrath snr, and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren now working in the business.

    The quarry still produces Ground Limestone and has continued to produce it for almost 60 years.

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