Howden Ireland expands in the North-East with major acquisition

Move comes at the heels of another brokerage transaction

Howden Ireland expands in the North-East with major acquisition

Insurance News

By Kenneth Araullo

Howden has announced the acquisition of Curran Connolly & Company (Drogheda) Ltd, a commercial and personal lines insurance broker based in County Louth, Ireland.

This strategic move follows closely on the heels of Howden's acquisition of Intersure, another brokerage firm in Drogheda, and further solidifies Howden Ireland's hold in the North-East region.

Established in 1980, Curran Connolly & Company, under the leadership of directors Joe Murphy and Noel McGoldrick, is a member of Brokers Ireland, the nation's primary association for insurance brokers.

The firm offers a variety of insurance products and services catering to both individual and commercial clients, with a particular emphasis on the transport and haulage sectors. The company also serves industries such as manufacturing, hospitality, and construction across Ireland.

Robert Kennedy, CEO of Howden Ireland, commented on the acquisition, welcoming the founders and their entire team at Curran Connolly to the company.

“This acquisition underscores our commitment to furthering Howden’s foothold in the North-East, strengthening our ambition to become the local broker of choice across Ireland. We look forward to working with the team to introduce comprehensive solutions across commercial, personal lines, life and pensions, health insurance, and mortgages to clients in the North-East of Ireland,” Kennedy said.

Joe Murphy, managing director of Curran Connolly & Company, responded to the acquisition, highlighting it as the next step of the growth journey for employees and clients.

“Our success to date is due to our dedicated staff and loyal customer base,” Murphy said. “Howden’s strength as a global group will enhance our ability to provide innovative insurance solutions and access expertise, data and technology tailored to our client's needs. We are delighted to be part of this very exciting company and its plan for growth.”

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