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School Move – Fergus Seoighe, Principal, Scoil Phádraig, Westport
“I just wanted to write to you to thank you so much for doing such an excellent job moving us to our new school. It was quite an achievement to move 13 classrooms, 340 chairs, 170 tables, 3 offices and 9 learning support rooms and all in only two days. You made my life much easier and I am very thankful for that. Also, you liaised so well with the teachers and made their experience of the move a very positive one. Its not easy to please 23 teachers, but somehow you managed it. Thanks for being so flexible and accommodating, especially with the awkward things. A job really well done. Thank you!”
IKEA Delivery – S. O’Malley
“I found this service fantastic, affordable and reliable and will definitely be using again. Delighted with the ease of ordering and careful advise from Fintan. I would recommend this service to anyone”
IKEA Delivery – G. Walshe
“I just received delivery of my IKEA order this morning from OneManAndHisVan. On time, with pre-notification, a smile, and great documentation. I cannot compliment you enough for your brilliant service”
IKEA Delivery – E. Hoade
“Received my delivery this morning, Thank you so much. Delighted with your service – efficient and professional”
IKEA Delivery – E. Vaughan
“Very professional service, informative, communicated delivery times clearly and delivered with care and on time……Highly recommend ‘One Man and his Van’. Its great to see such a professional dedicated service in the West of Ireland”
IKEA Delivery – P. O’Farrell
“Loved everything about this service – communication, efficiency, adaptability. Excellent customer service. Of course, I left everything until the last minute, but when I contacted One Man and His Van, I was looked after as well as I could possibly have imagined, and all at a very reasonable price. Superb service – the lads picked and delivered from IKEA for me, even managing to find my preferred and much cheaper option, despite IKEA telling them it was out of stock. Delivery was bang on time, great stuff”
Delivery of Furniture – P. McLoughlin
“Clear instructions and excellent communication with me. Excellent Service. Have recommended you to many people as reliable, trustworthy and efficient.”
IKEA Delivery – H. O’Hara
“Professional and friendly to deal with, right from initial enquiry to delivery. Reasonable rates and saved us the hassle of driving to Dublin and navigating IKEA! Would highly recommend”
House Move – Westport
“Just wanted to say thank you for all your organising with getting a day for our house move and for giving us boxes. It took a while but we got there in the end. We are still settling in but we are loving our new house.
Thanks to Fintan and his helper too. They were very professional, on time and they were careful with our stuff. I’ll recommend one man and his van to anyone!”
IKEA Delivery – Iria Vázquez Rodríguez
“I recently availed of the One Man and His Van’s IKEA shopping and home delivery service and I have to say it is a brilliant service. Once I picked the items I needed, I made my shopping list, e-mailed it to the team and within days I had the items in my house without having to drive all the way to Dublin! Any questions I had before purchasing time were quickly answered and the team went out of their way to get me an item they don’t usually pick up. I am very impressed really and would be using this service again if I ever need something from the IKEA store.”
EZ Living Sofa Delivery – L. Lynam
“Reasonable Rates, Friendly, Efficient, Professional. Overall Great Service!”
“Just wanted to say how impressed I was with your service. You guys take the ‘pain’ out of the IKEA experience! The driver was great to stop off at J16 for us to pick up the delivery and was so efficient and professional throughout. Thanks again. Caroline”
House move from Mayo to Manchester – P. Cregg
“My husband and I were relocating back to the UK after 25 years in Mayo, so we were apprehensive about the size of the task ahead of us; but Fintan came to the house and immediately put us at ease with his relaxed friendly approach. We were worried about how all our stuff would fit in one van, but he was very confident and as it turned out we did not need to worry! On the day of the move, he was right on schedule and worked tirelessly and efficiently to ensure that all our belongings were safely and securely packed away. Then less than 24 hours later in Manchester he unpacked the contents with the help of my two sons in around 1 hour – they couldn’t believe how quick he worked! Overall, he took away all the stress of the relocation and made the transition back to the UK very smooth. It was well worth the very reasonable price for his services – to think we were going to do it all ourselves…what were we thinking!”
Move furniture from Celbridge to Westport – M. Mulloy
“Extremely pleasant and helpful. Very professional, arrived exactly on time and were very efficient. Extremely happy with the service, only sorry I haven’t heard of you before now. Such a stress free way of getting goods from A to B successfully”
House move from Clonbur, Co.Galway to Beara, Co.Cork
“The service is a direct reflection of the owner/operators dedication to a client-centred approach. Fintan knows his individual customers, and tailor’s his approach to those customer’s needs. Great, reliable service coupled with a can-do attitude equates to an almost stress-free moving experience. A+ for a job well done, and two completely satisfied (and moved) customers!”
House move within Belmullet town – N. Vielliard
“I have been travelling for the past 14 years, from all the way South in Brazil, to all the way North in Norway, and I finally found the only moving company I would be happy to see again! The guys promptly understand what your are looking for and execute the job perfectly. I can assure you none of your handy men at home would do it better. Highly recommended.”
Move from Dublin to Ennis – C. O’Gara
“The Service was wonderful, they arrived on time removed everything and packed it very well for travelling, they contacted me as agreed 20 min before arrival so that I could be at the House in Ennis to receive my furniture, before they could unpack the furniture from Ferndale, they needed to remove the furniture in the rented house and stack it all in the Garage, they did this really well making the most of the space available and ensuring that everything is packed correctly. It was the best service I have encountered in a long time and I will definitely recommend you.”
House move from Birmingham to Mayo – M. Russell
“Just a short note to say Huge Thanks for the move from England to Ireland! As you know Fintan, I was incredibly stressed on the day, however you kept the wheels of industry turning, and you pack a van like it’s a jigsaw puzzle! You made a big deal into a small deal. Thanks again, we won’t hesitate to recommend you to others.”
Furniture removal from Castlebar to Somerset – C. Hynes
“Moved our mother’s furniture in August 2010 and did a wonderful job. Fintan was efficient organised and extremely pleasant and helpful during what was not an easy time for the family. Fintan was friendly and pleasant at all times as well as being organised and very professional. Brilliant service. Thanks Fintan.”
“Just wanted to say a huge thanks for delivering our IKEA order today in such icy conditions. Really wasn’t expecting you to come out here today with the roads being so bad. Well done on a fantastic value for money service, and we will no doubt be using you at some stage in the future and will certainly be recommending your services to everybody!”
Furniture move from Castlebar to Celbridge (and back) – M. McClean
“Very efficient, really nice to deal with and also travelled in the awful weather. Thank you very much for making my move very easy and hassle free on one of the worst travel days of the year.”
Furniture removal from Terenure to Killiney – G. Kane
“Incredibly impressed with Fintan and his service. He made a very stressful day feel smooth and seemless. Nice personal service – like calling in advance to advise on the move, what to pack, how to pack etc. A huge amount of stuff was packed efficiently and neatly, not a single thing was broken or mislaid. He was helpful, professional and fantastic value. I hope we never move again but if we did I’d have no hesitation in using Fintan.”
Kitchen collection from Liverpool to Westport – A. Gallagher
“I trusted Fintan with the collection of my kitchen. I was due to be there in person to sign off the order but was unable to be there. Fintan quality checked everything for me and went out of his way to ensure everything went smoothly and went way and above the call of duty.”
IKEA Delivery – C. Stafford
“Just a quick thank you for the efficient, friendly and professional service. Thank you for making it all so easy”
Sofa Deliveries – A. Reddan
“I was quite limited with a suitable time to do both moves and Fintan was very accommodating and punctual. It proved a more difficult and time consuming job than anticipated to move the sofa-bed into the apartment but Fintan managed to get the job done. Fintan provided a very helpful and efficient service. Many thanks.”
IKEA Delivery – Tara Murphy
“We had moved into our house just before Christmas. We needed items from Ikea and Fintan and his team took our order and had them delivered in a day! So stress free…..no trip to Dublin, no long queues, no looking for items and pushing trolleys! We were left to get on with unpacking and sorting the house while our shopping was being looked after. I cannot fault this service”
IKEA Delivery – M. Cavanagh, Galway
“Very efficient service. From the initial phone call I knew it was a great service. Sent email to you with details of order for IKEA, you sent back confirmation of date when it would be delivered and it was delivered on the day and at the time you said, even though weather was bad. A very well run and professional company to deal with and also very pleasant. I would recommend it very highly and would have complete confidence in the way it is run”
IKEA Delivery – M. Folan
“Fintan’s IKEA Delivery Service was quick and convenient and the price was very reasonable. I collected my stuff in Galway City which made it cheaper again. This is an excellent service which I was very pleased with and I would definitely use it again”
Article by Kate Kerrigan in the Irish Daily Mail
KEEPING IT TOGETHER – IKEA
I am having my IKEA moment. It was bound to come. I had to stop visiting the IKEA store near my mother’s home in London because it caused a sort of hysterical rash brought about by too much choice. I would do that scary walk-around wanting-everything tour, gathering dirt cheap, stylish, portable furnishings en route. Oh look – a plastic stool for 50p. Oh look – a cute table lamp for £1. A bag of 1,000 candles for 10p – I’ll have those. By the time I reached the till I was puce with excitement and a sort of heightened sense that my whole life was going to change irrevocably because of the two piled trolley of purchases I was struggling to push. I would have to throw out all of crockery to make room for the 90 plain white polish plates for 5p each, I’d have to strip and polish the floors to show off all the new rugs – actually, come to think of it, I’d need to buy a new house with new windows for the mountain of muslin blinds. After a full day in there, by the time I reached the checkout I would get an empty feeling of futility bought on by extreme consumer indulgence, and start to edit my purchases. “CD-rack? Don’t need that. More cushions? Don’t need them. Set of three vases? Not necessary.”
On more than one occasion I would simply abandon the trolley, despairingly cram two Swedish hot-dogs in the yawning “having-shopped-and failed” space in my stomach, before crawling out in the London rain, empty handed, to try and find a taxi along the characterless stretch of dual-carriageway that IKEA stores invariably inhabits.
And so, I have avoided the new Dublin IKEA like heroin, but as an addict, it was only a matter of time before it crept into my life again.
“We need cupboards for the back room,” I said to Niall. The back room is the family ‘Play Room’ – and as in all modern houses, that means Wii, computer, cable telly, DVD, stereos etc. Because it where the children play, we dump all our rubbish there turning it a non-safe “play” area – especially with the baby. Of course he hares in there at every opportunity to shake the bottles on the precarious, flimsy “bar”, and get the four teeth stuck in for a good chew on the trailing, live electric cables.
“We need cupboards, cheap ones.” We looked into every option and in the end, it was, of course, IKEA. “No,” I said, “I can’t do it.” Then he downloaded the catalogue onto my laptop and I started to flick. Oh my God – here it was again – the opportunity, the promise that I could transform my life – all I needed was the right shelves. I could keep all that pointless miscellaneous crap that it crowding my life by simply hiding them away in MDF cabinets. The children’s rooms could be transmogrified into wonderlands with special display areas for their “art” and storage systems with brightly coloured plastic buckets which, somehow, look so much more appealing than the brightly coloured plastic buckets I have already filled their rooms with from the €2 shop. And it’s all so cheap that we can decorate the play room, and afford a new flat screen telly, with a built in DVD and get a man in to paint it first, and oooh! …. that rug would look great under the pool table and it’s only €30 – and next thing I knew the day was gone and I had refurnished the whole house using the deadly “save and print shopping list” facility on the website.
Of course, what has saved me is the fact that we live in Mayo, and would have to hire a van – and endure the horrendous palaver of driving across the country, then the two of us would surely have a nasty row bought on my compulsive pottering, and the kids would be bored out of their minds and we’d have to placate them with Swedish hot dogs and all that – no, we’ll leave it – too hard.
EXCEPT that somebody showed me an ad for www.onemanandhisvan.com in The Western People. I contacted them for a quote and it seems Fintan will go to IKEA with my list, buy everything and transport it down for €100. “One trolley load” he calculated my purchases at.
I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I got the terrifyingly reasonable quote. He has made IKEA possible from the comfort of my own home. New novel? Who cares! Another femail column? What a bore. Hungry, tired children? For the past week it has been – shut-up and go away the lot of you – Mummy is trawling through the website seeing how many combinations of shelves, sheets and sets of three vases she can fit onto an IKEA trolley.
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