History

Doyle Shipping Group Development

Founded by Denis Francis Doyle in 1886 in Cork, DSG has transformed from a small stevedoring operation to an organisation that wants to improve the opportunities, businesses and lives of those connected to it.

Having established ourselves in the operation of the quays in Cork, where we still operate to this day, DSG has remained true to that core by focusing on building our business in areas which we have the experience and skill to better serve our customers. While growing organically through the years, the majority of our expansion has come in the form of acquisitions of businesses that we know well and have worked with down the years. This has allowed us to foster and maintain the values that we have throughout the group, which is extremely important for this family-run company.

Now steered by the 3rd Generation of the Doyle Family, Conor and Frank Doyle, our focus is on ensuring the best possible services for our stakeholders and customers, while continuously looking at ways in which we can expand and improve our business, both in familiar and new areas of business.

Our journey so far...

1886

D.F. Doyle Stevedores founded in Cork by Denis Francis Doyle.

1963

Cork Warehouse Company started.

1969

Crosshaven Boatyard 50% share acquired.

1985

Acquired Hannigan Shipping - an agency with operations in Cork.

1987

Burke Shipping acquired from the Burke family; Shipping Agency and Stevedoring plus 50% Crosshaven Boatyard, with operations in Dublin, Cork and Foynes.

1989

SJ Murphy acquired from IAWS; Shipping Agency and Stevedoring services with operations in Cork, Dublin, Foynes, and Waterford.

1991

Marine Transport and James Scott acquired from Clyde Shipping Company; Ferries, Tugs, Workboats, Shipping Agency and Chartering services with operations in Cobh and Whitegate.

1993

Cork Dockyard (50%) acquired from Damen Shipyards (Ship repair)

1995

Cork Dockyard (100%) acquired from Damen Shipyards (Ship repair and Stafford Shipping Foynes acquired from Stafford Warehousing)

2003

ITI acquired; Shipping Agency, Stevedoring and Forwarding services Foynes, Fenit and Limerick City

2004

Dublin Maritime Acquired; Shipping Agency and forwarding services operating in Dublin and Cork

2005

John Burke (Belfast) acquired from the Burke family; Shipping Agency and Forwarding services with operations in Belfast and Derry

2007

Stafford Shipping Foynes acquired from Stafford Holdings; Shipping Agency, Stevedoring and Warehousing Services in Foynes McGahey Stevedoring Belfast

2008

Acquired Moyglare Holdings; Bulk Warehousing services with operations in Dublin and Cork.

2009

Freight Solutions acquired; Forwarding services with operations in Dublin and Limerick

2011

Passage Shipping acquired; Shipping Agency, Stevedoring and Bulk Warehousing services with operations based in Passage West, Cork

2014

Greenore Port purchased. Diamond Shipping (Cork & Limerick only); Forwarding Groupage and warehousing Service with operations in Cork

2015

Doyle Shipping Group rebranded - Amalgamated all members of the group into one brand

2020

DSG Facilities Management Established - Department created to service the needs of Border Agencies to facilitate management of checks and cargo post-Brexit

2022

Personal Freight Services Acquired; Freight forwarding and logistics company based in Ireland with significant operations focused on the UK