COVID-19 Update


With construction hopefully re-starting on May 18th AOCA are preparing to put ourselves in a position where we can provide full Engineering Site Services to all of our clients whilst continuing to ensure all of our staff, clients and contractors stay safe. We will be contacting any contractors with whom we are involved in projects to discuss their plans for the re-start. We also hope to be in a position to re-commence structural surveys, Insurance claim inspections, etc. from this date. We are currently awaiting advice from some government agencies and will be in touch with all relevant parties as soon as possible.

In the meantime, continue to #staysafe#stayathome and if you require further updates please do not hesitate to contact our Engineers by e-mail or phone. If your enquiry is new please e-mail

Kilcavan GAA Club

Kilcavan GAA have released designs for their new state-of-the-art indoor training facility.

Kilcavan GAA, located in Mountmellick parish, has continued to grow consistently over the past number of years strongly supported by Clonaghadoo National School.

In 2014, in association with Laois GAA, Kilcavan GAA commenced a five-year plan to improve their clubs facilitates in order to support the clubs growing numbers.

To date they have successful added a new illuminated training pitch, ball stops, car park, security fencing, shower rooms, outdoor toilet’s, Kitchen/meeting room and a 600m fully illuminated jogging/walking track.


As part of the final stage of their five-year plan, Kilcavan GAA are pleased to announce that works are due to commence in the coming weeks on its new indoor training facility.

The development will more than double the size of the existing building on the site, with a total additional area of almost 200 square metres being constructed.

The Planning Permission, Fire Safety Certificate and Disability Access Certificate for the development was granted by Laois County Council in September 2018, which paved the way for the construction to commence.

A competitive tendering process was carried out by AOCA Engineering Consultants for the construction of the new facility and the appointment of the successful tenderer, JS Dooley Contracting Ltd., was made last month.


The central focus of the development will be a new 136 square metre multipurpose fitness room, which looks as though it could rival any inter-county training facility when completed.

Engineer and Kilcavan GAA member David Ryan said, “The development has only been made possible through funding from the Sports Capital Programme through the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and ongoing fundraising carried out by club members over the last number of years.”

Kilcavan GAA have also recently carried out a colouring competition in conjunction with Clonaghadoo National School.

The two winning pupils will complete the turning of the sod for the new facility next week.

The club wished to thank the following people who have helped to make this development possible; Cllr David Goodwin, Laois County Council, AOCA Engineering Consultants, Ger Ryan Architectural Services in Mountmellick, O’Connell Brothers plant hire and JS Dooley Contracting Ltd.

From Laois Today

NSAI Concrete Blocks Committee formed

This is a welcome development in the regulation of the concrete industry after many years of heartache for homeowners and business owners affected with substandard blocks.  This new committee will forge the way forward and new standards will ensure that the Pyrite and Mica problem in block work in Ireland never repeats itself.

We are delighted to announce that Aidan O’Connell, Managing Director of AOCA Engineering Consultants, is one of those committee members and will attend the first committee meeting on Monday 11th September.  Aidan became a Fellow of Engineers Ireland in July 2014 and Engineers Ireland are happy for him to represent them on this new Concrete Block Committee.  Aidan has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and with particular knowledge of the Pyrite problem in Ireland.  Aidan is currently overseeing the process of assessment, design and supervision of the structural remediation, consisting of over 1000 properties affected by Pyrite

AOCA (UK) Limited

Aidan O’Connell & Associates Ltd has entered a new chapter as AOCA rebranding earlier this year and now entered the UK market.  This new venture has taken months to set-up, with a lot of research into the viability of the expansion in the current Brexit climate.  AOCA (UK) Ltd was formed in February 2017 and work has commenced on a book of business across the United Kingdom from London to Manchester to Cornwall to Leeds.  Our head office in the UK is based in Manchester.

Initially we will be dealing with a large book of business involving Latent Defect damage to all property types from single units to Multi Unit residential and commercial developments. Coupled to this is our private client base in the UK which we forecast to grow considerably.

If you have any engineering consultancy requirements in the UK please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 3300539213 or email You can also visit our new website on