History

History

History

With a 155 year history spanning over three centuries, our family business has stayed true to John Sisk’s vision of providing exceptionally high levels of construction expertise and customer service by employing, training and motivating capable staff.
 
After an apprenticeship as a plasterer and at the age of 22, John Sisk set up the construction business in 1859.  The building firm he founded remains at the core of the now internationally and sectorally diversified group of companies which form the SISK Group. John Sisk built up a substantial regional construction business with an impressive record of work around the province of Munster, building schools, hotels, banks and an astonishing 30 churches. One of the first known projects was the Cork Distillery in 1868.
 
By 1937 we had started the first of our many diversification projects, Stone Developments, and the following year John Gerard Sisk, third generation, spearheaded our move to Dublin, wisely establishing the company at the heart of the nation’s future growth.
 
An example of the company’s pre-eminent position in the Irish construction market was when we were honoured the contract to erect the Papal Cross for the Pope’s visit in 1979. By 1984, already the clear market leader in Ireland we established our UK subsidiary, now handling a turnover approaching £400 million with an enviable record of award-winning projects a reputation for quality and innovation and a wide ranging capability
 
The SISK Group continues to evolve but maintains its founding principles. Continually moving forward and responding to changing economic conditions we have more recently established international businesses in Europe and the Middle East. George Sisk retired from his position as Chairman of the Group in February 2014 after 50 years exceptional service. Sisk family members continue to set the family’s expectations and standards with three, fifth generation members holding executive positions on the Group Board.