Our History - 50 Years in the Making!

How It All Began

The Joe Duffy Group began as Joe Duffy Motors LTD, a small garage in Dublin 11. When Joe Duffy and Bill Thompson set up the business 1970 Ireland was a very different place. You could buy a BMW for £4,000 Irish pounds, a lot of money, especially considering you could buy a house for just a little over that amount back then! With petrol pumps on the forecourt and the first electric car wash in Ireland – Joe Duffy Motors was ahead of its time and destined for great things!

In 1976, Joe Duffy Motors opened their 2nd premises in Jamestown near to Dublin Airport. This site was primarily a service centre to cope with the growing reputation of Joe Duffy Motors as a centre of excellence in maintaining cars to the highest manufacturer standards.

In 1980, the directors began the first major renovation of the premises in Glasnevin to help with the growth of the company. In Bill Thompson’s own words “the hardest thing to do in business is maintain excellent customer relationships when you are growing” but this was always one of the fundamental tenants of the philosophy of how Joe Duffy Motors conducted business. And indeed throughout the 80’s when 1/3 of all Irish businesses were going out of business, Joe Duffy Motors was continuing to grow in reputation and sales.

Joe Duffy himself retired in 1983 handing over the reins to Bill Thompson.

Today, our digital dealership platform will allow you to obtain a part exchange valuation on our customer valuation app, request a personalised video, have your questions answered via live chat with our digital tele support team. Also, you may apply online for finance and request to have your car delivered, all without having to leave your home.

Since 2005 Gavin Hydes is owner and Chief Executive of the Joe Duffy Group, and has grown the Group from one dealership to 21 and now employs over 510 employees. The Group represents an extensive portfolio including BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, BMWi, Audi, Mazda, Volkswagen, Ford, Land Rover, Jaguar, Volvo, Porsche & Kia.

With the largest ever capital investment by an Irish retail motor Group, in 2019, they invested €35m and opened three new state of the art dealerships in Charlestown - BMW, Volkswagen and Porche Centre Dublin . Today, our website offers the largest selection of New and Used Cars in Ireland with images and videos

Gavin Hydes CEO Joe Duffy Group

Our Founders

Joe Duffy - Sadly now passed away, Joe set up the original Joe Duffy Garage on the Ballygall Road East, joined by Bill Thompson. In 1972 Joe was awarded the very first BMW franchise in Ireland.

Bill Thompson - Bill joined Joe in 1970 as joint managing director of Joe Duffy Motors. Known as much in golfing circles (Bill played golf to an inter-provincial standard) as he was in the motoring industry, Bill became an expert in the ever increasing financial and taxation issues that evolved as Ireland's motor trade grew. Although retired now, Bill is still very much part of the Group today and attends all the key social events. Photographed at our Annual "Best People" awards ceremony in Croke Park, chatting to Jim Gavin.
Joe Duffy
Bill Thompson
Bill photographed with Dublin Manager Jim Gavin at our Annual Awards Ceremony.