Monday, August 16, 2021

Sean Hogan of Hogan Bespoke Furniture, the business he launched just over a year ago. Photos: Joe Evans

SEAN HOGAN took the plunge into business last year with his Bespoke Furniture business, “right at the start of the pandemic”, but he hasn’t taken a backward glance since.

The Brownstown native, a graduate of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT – B.Sc. [Hons] in Furniture and Wood Technology), already boasts a five-strong workforce, including himself.

“It was a massive challenge, going into my own business given everything else that was going on at the time,” he said.

“There was always going to be an element of risk in taking a step like this but I just thought that the time was right to go for it in a full-on manner. So I kept the head down and, thankfully, things have taken off pretty well; I never thought I was going to get so big so quickly and taking on four lads the way I have. I really thought it was just going to be myself in the short to medium term so to have established the business so quickly is very satisfying.”

The spray room at Hogan Bespoke Furniture.

Sean Hogan Bespoke Furniture, which recently moved into the Six Cross Roads Business Park, provides custom-made furniture and carpentry for homes and businesses throughout the country. “We are specialising in luxury handcrafted kitchens, fitted wardrobes and slide-robes, wall panelling, media TV walls (“there’s a big push on them at the moment”) and bespoke joinery such as stairs and internal doors.”

Not only that, but Sean and his team provide domestic fit-out services. “Basically, we look after the entire woodwork package,” he said.

“The beauty of this is that you can deal with one company and not have to worry about contacting numerous different companies. We ensure that our designs create a flow from room to room and hence the theme of the house is maintained.”

The team’s expertise extends to:

* Timber flooring.

* Skirting, wall panelling and wall mouldings

* Stairs timber or cladding concrete stairs.

* Internal doors, frames and ironmongery

* TV/Media Walls

* Kitchens and Utilities

* Wardrobes

Sean at the Spindle Moulding machine at Hogan Bespoke Furniture on the Six Cross Roads.

Sean’s qualities as a craftsman have gained both national and international attention. During his time at GMIT Letterfrack, he was selected as Ireland’s most promising young cabinet maker and took his place in the Irish team which competed in the 2017 WorldSkills event in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

“I always had an interest in woodworking and my parents encouraged me to go to GMIT Letterfrack to study furniture making and I enjoyed my time there,” said Sean. “I then went working for David Flynn where I learned a lot but as time went on, I couldn’t help thinking that this was a trade where I could branch out on my own and have my own business. I knew I had to try it and obviously I’m delighted I made that decision: I’ve gone from the workshop in Brownstown to the back of my parents’ house and into the Six Cross Roads so things are going well.”

Hogan Bespoke prides itself in designing and manufacturing furniture to complement any room in the home. Be it wall panelling and new doors or office furniture and bespoke kitchens; Sean and his team are creating magnificent pieces that bring character and style to every room.

“Our main aim is to create an elegant and comfortable space as individual as each client,” said Sean.

“And as master craftsmen, we are committed to the utmost quality and integrity for everything we make. In a very short space of time, we’ve built our reputation on word of mouth and that’s something we’re very proud of. I’d always stand over my work and stay in touch with our clients and we must be doing something well given just how strong that word of mouth has been for us so far.”

Billy on the Panel Saw at Hogan Bespoke Furniture.

Each project undertaken by Sean and his team is completely bespoke. “Our expert designers will spend time discussing design requirements, style preferences and budget in order to design something completely unique that encompasses everything you are looking for,” he said.  Every single piece is then handcrafted in the Six Cross Roads workshop by master carpenters. Hogan Bespoke Furniture is entirely focused on its customers’ needs, with Sean adding: “We pride ourselves in delivering a product that will exceed your expectations.”

Sean’s skills with wood also extend to hurling; he was one of two last gasp goal scorers for Passage when the club won its first County Senior Hurling title in 2013, the last time Ballygunner didn’t lift the Waterford News & Star Cup.

Over the next 18 months, Sean and his team will be fitting out a 73-house development at the Six Cross Roads for Ormond Living. But fitting out a hot press for a client will remain as significant an element of his business as those larger scale projects.

“The smaller jobs count just as much in a business like this,” said Sean. “And the commitment to a quality finish, regardless of the size of the job, is always the same. It has to be.”

For further details, visit or call Sean on (087) 2286859

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