Al Hayes Motors is the newly appointed sales and aftersales dealer for Skoda in Co Clare.
Established as a family business in 1982 in Portumna, Co Galway, Al Hayes Motors is renowned for quality and service in the region.
The Hayes family continue to be heavily involved in the business. Al, together with his wife Noreen, are directors of the business, with sons Niall, Derek, Damian and Alan and daughter Orla all fulfilling senior roles in the company that employs some 50 staff members.
The most familiar member of the Hayes family will no doubt be Damien Hayes. Boasting four All-Ireland Hurling Club medals with Portumna and three All Star Awards with Galway, Damien Hayes has been one of the most prominent hurling stars in recent years. Now retired from intercounty hurling, he has been given the challenge of establishing Al Hayes Motors, Škoda in Ennis, Co Clare.
Al Hayes Motors has acquired a modern state-of-the-art facility on the Gort Road, Ennis, comprising an eight-car showroom and an expansive modern workshop facility. The €2m investment will see building works commence in March with the new Škoda corporate showroom expected to be complete in May 2016.
William Lee, dealer development manager of Škkoda Ireland, said: “Co Clare has been on our radar now for a number of years. With the establishment of Al Hayes Motors in Ennis, we have a valued partner to provide quality Škoda vehicles, aftersales service and financial products to the people of Clare. I wish Al, Noreen and all the family the very best with their new venture. We are looking forward to Škoda becoming one of the top selling brands in Co Clare over the next few years.”