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Our History

The Early Days

It all started on Marlborough Street in Dublin’s City centre in 1950 when Mr. Doyle and his sons, Brian and Conor, perfected the art of making ferrules – the metal bands that hold brush bristles in place, using tins of Jacobs Afternoon Tea biscuits. From our beginnings in ferrules we soon set to expand production to making high quality paint brushes – by hand.

By the mid-50s we had opened our first factory in Cabra. With the love for our brushes growing, in both Ireland and abroad, we moved to a two-acre site in Inchicore, Dublin 8, including one of Irelands first paint research centres. Our business kept expanding, and in 1971 we opened our factory, and current home, in Virginia Co. Cavan, Ireland.

A Brush With Success

Brian and Conor Doyle had a passion for colour and design and felt there was no paint to match the high standard of the brushes they were producing. So they made their own.

Since the first can of Fleetwood paint came off the production line in Virginia, Co. Cavan, on January 12th 1979, we have developed our products to be of the very best quality, in colours inspired by the world around us.

Our use of leading edge technology produces the superior quality within our paints, quality which we continuously monitor and build on. The unique richness and depth of our colours are achieved by using only the finest raw materials and acrylic resins in our paint. Each of our colours are specially formulated to produce a vast array of shades from vibrant to muted, in a spectrum of colours.

R&D Pioneers

From the beginning, Brian and Conor, have prided themselves in producing paint of superior quality using leading edge technology. We continue to invest in R&D to ensure that we are achieving the superior quality in our paints which we are known for. It is the use of only the finest raw materials and acrylic resins that gives our colours the richness and depth that makes them unique. We rely on our experience and expertise to develop paints that are not only rich in colour, but rich in innovation.

Adapt, innovate, diversify and find the right people for the team. Those are just some of the secrets of the company’s success, but central to everything it does is a commitment to manufacturing the very best product possible.

Secret Of Success

I personally vet every product,” says Conor Doyle. “It doesn’t get the Fleetwood name unless it is of the highest quality. I think that is what has kept us in business for so long”.

The people behind the paint are also a huge part of the Fleetwood story. It’s not unusual to find two generations of the same family working the company.

“We have a really good team around us,” says Conor’s son Alex, the third-generation Doyle to work at Fleetwood Paints. “We are one big family in here – and we always have been”.

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Freddie Fleetwood from our branding in 1980.

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A store front we decorated for Home Decor Navan. 20 years on and we still have 'Everything from Start to Perfect Finish!'.

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Rows and rows of brush handles waiting for their final finish in the factory in Virginia, Co. Cavan. Because they were hand-made Fleetwood brushes were regarded as the best on the market.

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The very first time we saw Freddie Fleetwood on our logo! This is a cigarette lighter from 1952.

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A vintage photo of a 1970 Fleetwood delivery from our factory in in Inchicore, Dublin 8 - back before we sold paint and were just Ireland's leading brush and accessory manufacture.

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A flashback to Fleetwood's range of paint from the 1980's. We think some of the packaging designs have aged very well.

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The Fleetwood Stand from the 1954 Dublin Horse Show in the RDS.

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Here's a behind the scenes image of our roller sets being assembled in Virginia Co. Cavan. Circa 1970