Yorkshire Times
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1:00 AM 11th December 2023

York Handmade Supplies Two Republic Of Ireland Developments

YHB Cork
YHB Cork
York Handmade Brick Company has supplied 10,000 specially manufactured bricks for two new state-of-the-art developments in the Cork area of the Republic of Ireland.

York Handmade, based at Alne, near Easingwold, is providing bricks for a unique residential development by County Cork builders McCarthy Quality Homes and for a large hi-spec new home in Cork city centre, built by Colm Desmond Construction.

The UK small independent brickmaker, is supplying the bricks through Finbarr McCarthy of Rubix Building Products in County Cork.

Finbarr McCarthy explained:
“Our company aims, where at all possible, to source and promote sustainable and natural products, which have a higher spec than you would normally find in a builders’ merchants.

“We are aiming to attract the discerning client, either architect or owner, who can see the value in natural products like slate, clay tile and clay brick. I have dealt with the excellent York Handmade Brick Company on and off over the past 20 years and this has given me the confidence in both the product and the people.
“York Handmade bricks have that kerb appeal, which make people go ‘Wow, that’s what I want’. We are not interested in volume-driven products – we much prefer York Handmade’s utterly unique clay bricks. And so do our customers.

David Armitage
David Armitage
David Armitage, the chairman of York Handmade Brick, commented:
“We are exceptionally pleased that our bricks have been such a success in the Republic of Ireland and thank Finbarr McCarthy and Rubix Building Products for their faith and confidence in us.

“York Handmade has been making award-winning bricks for over 35 years now and we have predominantly supplied customers in the United Kingdom. To re-establish a connection in the Republic of Ireland is magnificent news and we look forward to strengthening our relationship with Finbarr and making many more bricks for homes and developments in County Cork.

“I’d particularly like to thank Tim Bristow, a founding member of York Handmade and a superb salesman, for his work on securing these Cork contracts and ensuring they have been a success."

York Handmade has recently invested £1.5 million in brand-new machinery which has transformed how the company makes bricks.

David Armitage said:
“Over the years, we have undertaken significant technological improvements, culminating in this £1.5 million overhaul and renewal of our manufacturing process, which will speed up production, facilitate two brand-new products and increase efficiency.”