Our History

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 1972 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, Gavin Hydes is the Chief Executive of the Joe Duffy Group, which now employs over 400 employees representing an extensive portfolio including BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, BMWi, Audi, Mazda, Volkswagen, Ford, Land Rover, Jaguar, Volvo, Porsche & Kia. We recently opened our new state of the art Volvo, Kia, Land Rover and Jaguar premises in airside, Swords. Our website offers the largest selection of New and Used Cars in Ireland with images and videos.

We strive to provide the highest standard of customer care in the industry. We have state of the art Service Facilities with highly trained technicians, as well as an extensive parts department in every dealership.

As a company, we invest a significant amount of money each year in facilities for our Customers & Employees, as well as training our people to ensure that we deliver an exceptional level of service .

Our Founders

Joe Duffy

Sadly now passed away, Joe began his career at Denis Mahony Ltd. where he rose to become Managing Director. In 1970 he set up the original Joe Duffy Garage on the Ballygall Road East, joined by Bill Thompson who was the financial director at his previous firm. In the initial year Joe began a process of modernisation which is still prevalent today - introducing the first automatic car wash in Ireland, a commitment to first class customer service and new concepts in car servicing techniques. In 1972 Joe was awarded the very first BMW franchise in Ireland, in that year 180 BMW's were sold in the 26 counties, of which 90 were sold by Joe. Joe continued to innovate and successfully grow his business for many years and became one of the best known figures in the motor industry in the country.

Bill Thompson

Bill, as mentioned above had worked closely with Joe Duffy as financial director at their previous company and 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. He gladly helped advise generations of Joe Duffy customers looking after the leasing division of the company which incorporated the lease and contract hire of all leading car mode

Joe Duffy
Bill Thompson