‘Looking Out For You Always’
This year will mark Sheridan Insurance’s 50th birthday and boy are we going to celebrate! It’s not very often that a business celebrates such a milestone and we
have a remarkably story to tell you about how Sheridan Insurances opened its
doors in 1964.
50 years ago Paddy Sheridan was the Wexford branch Manager of Norwich Union
insurance company, a major British financial institution. This was a secure position,
but it wasn’t enough. Paddy was 36 years old, married with three children, ambitious,
unsettled and a dreamer that wanted to set up his own business.
When John F. Kennedy visited Wexford in 1963 Paddy watched him speak, an
ordinary man who had made himself extraordinary. On that visit he quoted
George Bernard Shaw:
“Other people see things and say why? But I dream of
things that never were and I say why not?”
Within a year, Paddy had established Sheridan Insurances. The company employed
the grand total of two people, Paddy and his secretary. John F. Kennedy inspired Paddy to follow his dream and 50 years later Sheridan Insurances is a leading broker in the South-East. We employ 54 people directly and serving thousands of customers everyday.
Paddy is still heavily involved in the business despite being the ripe age of 86.
He is an inspiration to every staff member and he is in the office every that offering advice to any team that needs it; he acts as a mentor to those coaching and tutoring those doing exams.
To kick off 2014, we were awarded the title of ‘Family Run Business of The Year’ by the Kilkenny Chamber. Our very own Geraldine Kelly won ‘Employee of The Year’. We are absolutely thrilled and no doubt the celebrations will continue long into 2014!
Paddy, Ciaran & Donagh Sheridan