Sheils Motor Group takes over Higgins Motorpark

Sheils Motor Group has announced its official takeover of Higgins Motorpark in Galway city, becoming the biggest Ford dealership in Ireland by area and the country’s largest Honda dealer group.

Sheils Motorpark Galway, with a location off the Headford Road roundabout, will become part of the main Ford and Honda dealer for Limerick, Clare, and Galway. The move will see staff numbers in the group double to 80 employees.

Commenting on the acquisition, Thomas Sheils, managing director said; "I am delighted to confirm we acquired Motorpark Galway, one of the most respected firms in the Irish motor industry. We look forward to welcoming the Motorpark team to the Sheils Motor Group. Ford and Honda are tremendous brands, and I am very excited about the future prospects for the expanded group."

The acquisition represents a positive step forward for Sheils bringing together two long established and experienced dealers with a strong tradition of both Ford and Honda in Galway city. Sheils Motor Group was appointed as a Ford Dealer in 1925 and Higgins Motorpark appointed as Ford Dealer in 1912.

The company hopes to maintain and develop the work done over the past 100 years by the Barry family and, prior to that, the Higgins family before them, in growing the Ford franchise in Galway city and county and bringing the unrivalled range of Ford and Honda cars and commercials to a wider audience of car buyers.

As with the Ennis and Limerick branches, Sheils Motorpark Galway will promote competitive pricing with an unrivalled customer service across the range of new and used car sales, vehicle servicing, and parts and accessories.

The dealership will be managed by Galway native Paul Pender. A native of Oranmore, Mr Pender will take up the position of general manager following ten years’ experience in Ford Ireland.

Mr Pender’s wealth of experience is welcomed to the Ford and Honda dealership following his most recent position as aftersales regional business manager for Ford Ireland and working as national wholesale manager prior to this post.

Mr Pender has a passion for the motor industry and began his career in Galway as a mechanic and progressed through various roles within aftersales before joining the sales team of Tom Hogan Motors in 2004, and progressing to become area sales manager for PR Reilly before joining Ford Ireland.

“I have no doubt that the hard-working team in Sheils Motorpark Galway will bring a fresh approach and signature to the Ford and Honda brands in Galway city and county. I look forward to working with the team in Galway city and saluting the 191 Sheils Motorpark Galway plates on the roads of Galway.”

Sheils Motorpark Galway is now taking orders for 191 Ford and Honda vehicles. For more information call into the showrooms in Galway City or log on to


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