What happens when a big red barn meets a big blue ocean

Mayo company Big Red Barn looks to use Atlantic to its advantage as it targets US market.

The Atlantic is famous for its rough aesthetic with a beauty that both frightens and awes.

But it’s been a much smoother journey for Swinford’s Big Red Barn who design and manufacture innovative modular structures for worldwide events.

Founded by Donal Byrne in 2014, the Mayo giant has been garnering international attention for the pioneering work it does for clients such as grocery trailblazers Lidl, and even the BBC’s Top Gear franchise.

Their pioneering work includes Europe’s first ever two-storey event structure manufactured to withstand all weather conditions.

But the romance of the Atlantic’s beauty is never far away, represented by their “little white chapel” which caters for non-church weddings and smaller events.

It was a conscious decision for Donal to establish a global business in the heart of the west coast, originating in Ballyhaunis and working their way up to the much larger facility that they now occupy in Swinford, just minutes from Knock Airport and the motorway to Dublin.

“I’m a Mayo man through and through and I would have no interest operating this business anywhere else,” Donal says.

“I’m a big fan of the west of Ireland and I just think there is so much to offer here. Everything we need is on our doorstep and that shows in the fact that all my suppliers are local suppliers, with the exception of my timber. We have some of the biggest suppliers in the country operating out of the west coast.”

Donal credits Local Enterprise Offices, the Chamber network and Mayo County Council for giving the Big Red Barn the shove it needed to turn its idea into a viable business venture.

And as the Big Red Barn looks to set sail across the big blue sea, perhaps the US will be seeing more of the Atlantic’s economic corridor.

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