Collins McNicholas Recruitment | Our Story

Our Story so far…

Collins McNicholas was established in Galway in 1990 by two former HR Directors, Colman Collins and Val McNicholas. In November 2015, the company was sold in a Management Buy Out to three of its most senior management executives, Niall Murray, Antoinette O’Flaherty and Michelle Murphy. With five offices nationwide, located in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Sligo and Athlone, Collins McNicholas has become one of Ireland’s most respected recruitment and HR Services agencies.

We pride ourselves on our discretion and quality of conduct in our dealings with clients and candidates. All of our consultants abide by a strict code of conduct which sets the standard of how we do business. Whenever clients deal with Collins McNicholas, they know that their confidentiality, integrity and care are our top priority.

Key Milestones

2016: Special Commendation in Chambers Ireland 2016 Corporate & Social Responsibility Awards.

2016: Winner of a 2016 Deloitte ‘Best Managed Companies’ Award – our third year in a row.

2016: Announced as one of Ireland’s Best Places to Work 2016  – our second year in a row.

2015: Celebrated 25 years in business.

2015: Awarded one of Ireland’s Best Places to Work Awards 2015.

2015: Winner of a Deloitte ‘Best Managed Companies’ Award – for the second year in a row.

2014: Winner of a Deloitte ‘Best Managed Companies’ Award 2014.

2013: Completed a 250km challenge run in aid of Pieta House, raising €5,000 for our chosen charity of 2013.

2012: Won Ulster Bank Achievers Award in Service Category (Connacht) and went through to national final.

2010: Celebrated 20 years in Business.

2006: Participated in the Look West campaign to encourage relocation to the West of Ireland.

2005: Collins McNicholas won the SME category in the Galway Chamber of Commerce Awards.

2005: Celebrated 15 years in Business.

2004: Achieved “Excellence through People” certification.

2005: Celebrated 10 years in Business.

1998: Appointed former IDA Chief Executive, Padraic White as Company Chairman.

1997: Won Irish Times Cedar Advertising Award.

1994: Collins McNicholas became the first recruitment company to achieve ISO 9002 certification. Expanded rapidly to open new offices in Dublin (1992), Cork (1995), Sligo (1998) and Athlone (2000).

1992: Reached final of RTE’s “Up and Running” program for high potential new businesses.

1990: Established in Galway by two former directors Colman Collins and Val McNicholas. The initial objective was to provide a broad range of HR services to multinational and indigenous companies in the West of Ireland.

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