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Five Škoda staff set to represent Ireland

Five Škoda employees from across Ireland have been selected to represent Ireland as part of Team Škoda Ireland at the international finals of the Škoda Challenge, after success in their individual categories at the Irish National final in March.

ŠKODA Challenge 2017 – Team ŠKODA IrelandMartin Healy, Service Advisor Category, Noel Deasy Cars Ltd, Paul Bruton, Diagnostic Technician Category, Noel Deasy Cars Ltd, Brian O’Mahony, Service Technician Category, Finbarr Galvin Ltd, Darragh Smith, Parts & Accessory Sales Person, Bradys Cavan, Paul Egan, Sales Consultant Category, Sheehy Motors Naas
For more info – Keith Colton, Business Support & Marketing ManagerŠKODA Aftersales, Volkswagen Group Ireland Ltd., Block C, Liffey Valley Office Campus, Liffey Valley, Dublin 22, Ireland 01 898 9803, 087 244 1054 keith.colton@skoda.ie

Team Škoda Ireland will compete against 35 countries in the international finals, which takes place in Budapest, starting June 1Ireland will be represented by Diagnostic Technician Paul Bruton, Service Technician Brian O’Mahony & Service Advisor Martin Healy all from Cork as well Parts & Accessory Salesperson, Darragh Smith from Cavan and Paul Egan from Naas.

Now in its Seventh year, the Škoda Challenge has become a prestigious benchmark for measuring the qualities of the best employees in the global Škoda network and Ireland will be represented in five different categories: Parts & Accessory Sales Person; Service Advisor; Service Technician; Sales Consultant and Diagnostic Technician.

Paul Bruton is a Diagnostic Technician with over 22 years’ experience, all of which have been spent with Noel Deasys in Cork. This is the second year that Paul has competed having placed second in his category last year.

Brian O’Mahony of Finbarr Galvins, in Bandon has been successful in his first time participating in the competition, winning the Service Technician category. Brian started work as a technician in 2001 before joining Finbarr Galvins in 2010.

Martin Healy works as Service Manager also in Noel Deasy Cars in Blackpool, Cork. Martin has been with Noel Deasy Cars since March 2003, having studied automobile engineering in CIT where he completed a diploma with Merit.

Parts Advisor, Darragh Smith started in the motor trade with no previous experience in Bradys Cavan 4 years ago, training as apprentice technician before moving to the Parts Department in September 2016.
This is the first year that a Sales Consultant category has been included in the national final and Paul Egan from Sheehy motors was the inaugural winner. Paul who has a background in Real Estate and Media Sales joined the Škoda brand in Sheehy Motors Naas four years ago.

Commenting on the results on the Škoda Challenge, David Rave, Head of Aftersales Škoda Ireland said: “We are delighted to have these talented individuals representing Team Škoda Ireland at the international Škoda Challenge finals in Budapest. Paul, Brian, Martin, Darragh and Paul are extremely accomplished professionals in their fields and we wish them the very best of luck. Team Škoda Ireland put in a very impressive performance in 2015, coming in at 4th position overall, so we are hopeful that we can claim the number one spot in 2017”.