The Donnelly Group, Northern Ireland’s largest family owned motor retailer in Northern Ireland, has appointed a new managing director.

Dave Sheeran joins the Donnelly Group from Opel Ireland, where he was Managing Director and brings with him 30 years of industry experience across Sales, Marketing and Aftersales in the UK and Europe.

He will be responsible for leading the more than 720 employees that make up the Donnelly Group, which includes Donnelly and Taggart, across its eight locations in Northern Ireland incorporating 18 manufacturers including Fiat, Honda, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Vauxhall and Volkswagen.

Terence Donnelly, Executive Chairman of the Donnelly Group, said:

“Dave Sheeran has a wealth of experience in the motor industry and is one of the most respected leaders in the local vehicle retailer sector and we’re delighted with his appointment.

“As the Donnelly Group celebrates 70 years serving the motoring public, I know that Dave Sheeran shares our values and will drive the Donnelly Group to continued future success.”

Donnelly Group Senior Team

Dave Sheeran joins the Donnelly Group at an exciting period in the company’s evolution as Directors Raymond Donnelly and Houston Taggart, commented:

“The Donnelly Group is an institution in the local motoring sector and we are intent on continuing the pioneering strategy that differentiates the Group for its customers and the manufacturers we represent.

“Over the last number of years, we have strengthened our partnership with our vehicle franchises and invested in our showrooms as we continue to offer our customers the best value and service.”

The Donnelly Group was founded in 1947 by Terence and Raymond’s father Peter Donnelly when he opened a vehicle repair and taxi business in Caledon, County Tyrone.

The group, headquartered in Dungannon, has grown significantly over the decades.

With eight locations in Ballymena, Belfast, Eglinton, Enniskillen, Mallusk, Omagh and its Moy Road and M1 Complex in Dungannon, the Group offers new vehicles from many of the world’s leading car and van manufacturers as well as 1,200 used cars at its six Motorstore locations across Northern Ireland.