Des Kelly Interiors celebrates 50 years in business, marking half a century since ‘the Carpet Man’, Des Kelly Snr, opened his first store at Cross Guns Bridge in Glasnevin in Dublin. The company has employed 100’s over the last 50 years, many of whom have been with the business for decades. On a number of occasions, three generations of one family have worked in sales or as fitters for the interiors business.
The wholly Irish owned and family run business has grown significantly, based on affordable quality and expert advice in beds, floorings and home furnishings. Recently a large new central warehouse, soon to be the company’s head office, was established at North West Business Park in Dublin to receive all carpet, wood flooring, beds and furniture for dispatch to stores and direct to customers.
Des Kelly Snr was involved in volunteering for homeless charities in Dublin, including the Morning Star Hostel, and donated generously to local charities working with less well-off people. He was also a loyal fan of his local Bohemians Football Club and the company remain club sponsors to this day. The businessman had eight children with his wife Youlanda, who predeceased him.
Des Kelly Interiors are proud Guaranteed Irish House members. Guaranteed Irish is a not-for-profit business membership organisation representing businesses in Ireland since 1974.
Guaranteed Irish is the original symbol of provenance in business in Ireland. Our members span all sectors including pharmaceutical, healthcare, technology, construction, energy, professional services, tourism, food and drink, art and design, retail & more. We award the Guaranteed Irish symbol to indigenous and international companies operating in Ireland which provide quality jobs, support local communities and are committed to Irish provenance. When assessing an applicant for membership, we look at three core criteria; jobs, community & provenance.
Beginning as a campaign ran by the Irish Goods Council in December 1974, Guaranteed Irish became an independent non-profit organisation in 1984 and was launched by President Patrick Hillery. Over four decades, the Guaranteed Irish symbol has become one of the most recognised symbols in the country. In 2017, Guaranteed Irish was rebranded and relaunched by An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D., with the original logo from the campaign’s inception. Led by CEO, Brid O’Connell, and a new Board of Directors and team, the organisation repositioned by opening up membership to international companies operating in Ireland.
Our member companies now directly employ 120,000+ people in Ireland and generate a turnover of €11.2bn here. Globally, these companies generate a turnover of €29.7bn. Currently, 46% of the members export, primarily to the UK, US and mainland Europe.
With 1,900+ members and growing, we believe that we are #AllTogetherBetter.