Not so long ago, well known Kildare and Celbridge hurler, Donal Moloney, had to deal with the crash of the construction boom in the Celtic Tiger.
A qualified joiner, he had just emerged from his apprenticeship and had the benefit of a couple of years of good wages before the crash.
It was not easy.
Anxious to set up his own business, his wife Jonie, a Dublin based Garda, was the main mortgage payer of their Primrose Hill home in Celbridge when he started out to work for himself and with the aid of some investors.
The work has been hard and the news encouraging not just for him but for others.
Last week, Donal was preparing to sign a lease for a new premises at Grand Canal Dock in Dublin.
His business, Carve (www.carvecases.com) now employs six people, skilled joiners. Donal, who has represented Kildare in hurling at many levels, started in his back shed producing children’s furniture.
He diversified to make cases and wooden covers for mobile phones.
Today, the company’s online business exports its products mainly to the US and Canada but much of its business is in the corporate sector.
Born to county Clare parents, Pat and Teresa, Donal was raised in Castletown estate in Celbridge, with brothers Mark, a teacher, and Paddy, studying sports science at UL.
“I wanted to control my own destiny,” he said of his decision to go into business for himself.
Donal (31), who captains Celbridge’s senior hurling team and has won five senior county championships with them, went to Scoil na Mainistreach and Salesian College.