RFE Celebrating Forty Years as a Distributor of High Quality Products to the Irish Electrical Industry.

Ian, Checkley, Managing Director

We look back on the development and growth that has established Reg Farrell Engineering as as a leading distributor to the electrical industry in Ireland.

Founded in 1981 by Mr. Reg Farrell, we look back on the development and growth that has established the company as a leading distributor of high quality branded products, with a reputation and guarantee of expert technical support and training.

Having previously worked as a product manager for ACEC, the Belgium manufacturer of electrical generation equipment, Reg’s inspiration for founding the company came from a meeting where he was asked to evaluate product lines with low turnover. Always the shrewd operator, Reg decided that if certain lines were to be culled then he could probably make a half decent living from them and so was born Reg Farrell Engineering Limited. Reg saw that there was a requirement in Ireland for a distribution business that not only supplied electrotechnical products but would also provide second-to-none technical product support.

From humble beginnings in Little Briton Street through to Harold’s Cross, the company grew rapidly and quickly established itself as a mainline distributor for many of the top European Electrical Brands. In the year 2000 they moved to the current premises in Oak Road Business Park, Dublin 12.

Talking with Reg he said, “over the years with the help of some talented people, Tony Kirk (formerly ACEC), Noel Hegarty (West Cork Electrical Wholesale), Peter Church, sadly prematurely deceased and current MD Ian Checkley we have managed to survive and actually have thrived during many difficult times”.

RFE have established themselves as a leading distributor for both technical and innovating products while also providing reliable and efficient technical support in Ireland. They frequently introduce new additions to their product range and are constantly exploring new electrical safety equipment to address the requirements of modern production and industry.

Ian Checkley, Managing Director says “Key to success is our staff, the dedicated sales team of Stephen Fox (Sales Director) and Sean Behan, supported internally by Gary Ryan, Ciara McEvoy, Niall Leahy and Martin Farrell. Also essential to operations is Antoinette Fennessy our Marketing Manager and Accounts Department Carol Rutherford and Valerie O’ Brien. I would also like to mention our committed Stores Team who guarantee a same day service to the greater Dublin area and next day to the rest of the country” .

In 2020, RFE were appointed as the exclusive distributor for Noark Electric in Ireland. Noark is a subsidiary of the largest electrical manufacturing corporation in Asia. With regional headquarters in Prague , Los Angles and Shanghai and a global workforce of more than 25,000 employees. This product range has so far been incredibly successful in 2021.

Noark has invested millions of Euro into state of the art production facilities and in-house design to produce a range of high quality and exceptional value products to the highest standards required by IEC and EN.

It’s a collaboration that spells good news for anyone interested in high quality, cost effective products, backed by world class support and an exclusive 5 year limited warranty. “Noark Electric are a perfect fit for our company,” said Ian Checkley, Managing Director.

Another well established strategic partner to our success is Eastron Europe one of the leading high tech companies of Electrical Measurement Instruments, who specialise in R&D, production and sales of smart meters and solutions. With advanced technologies of intelligent meters, they have developed many different products, with excellent performance, providing many solutions for our customers.

RFE also offer a broad range of products and services in the field of Surge Protection, Lightning Protection (EN62305) and Earthing Equipment as well as machine safety equipment such as Fortress Interlock Systems, LOTO (Lockout Tagout Systems), Electrical Maintenance Safety Devices… to name a few.  Partnered with over fifty world class manufacturers we are renowned as a “solution provider” RFE offer a full suite of product solutions to their customer base which consists of Utilities, State Sponsored Bodies, Panel Builders, Wholesalers, O.E.M (Original Equipment Manufacturer), and Industry.

New Web Shop Coming Soon!

The Marketing Department is busy working with the Web Developers to launch a complete online store by Mid 2022. “In the meantime we will continue to update the newly launched website, bringing you the latest products for the electrical industry as well as price promotions for trade customers” said Marketing Manager Antoinette.

RFE are proud to be ISO 9001:2015 certified.

Certification requires organisations to demonstrate that they have a quality management system that safeguards consistency and improvement, assuring customers of high levels of performance and satisfaction while ensuring processes and procedures are maintained which is the cornerstone of the RFE management philosophy.

Congratulatory Messages:

Here are some kind messages from RFE partners.

“Congratulations from nVent ERICO and ERIFLEX. What a remarkable accomplishment and best wishes for continued success in the years ahead.’’
David L Setterfield of nVent/Erico
Technical and Commercial National Sales UK and Ireland

“RFE are a key partner to us at Eastron Europe and we value their business ethics, integrity and ambition. Congratulations and happy 40th Anniversary’’
Graham Lockhart
Sales Director, Eastron Europe Limited.

“We appreciate your professionalism and at the same time friendly approach. Congratulations for all your accomplishments to date and best wishes for the next decade.’’
Veronika Loudilová
Export Business Partner, NOARK Electric Europe s.r.o.

“Congratulations to the RFE team on your 40th Anniversary. A special mention to the founder Mr. Reg Farrell, the late Peter Church and current MD Ian Checkley. I have worked with the RFE team for over twenty years now. It is always a pleasure to work with such a professional, highly technical  friendly team.  Their passion and expertise in the electrical industry is second to none. Best wishes for the next forty years’’
Davide Copeta, International Export Manager
PROMOTEC Italy.

“Work Italia have successfully collaborated with RFE since 1986. Together we have developed high quality safety products specifically for the Irish Utility market. Best wishes & Congratulations.’’
Roberto Tonin
Ceo Work Italia Srl.

The Future Ian concludes “As this company now enters it’s 40th year. I would like to thank all of our partners & customers for their support. We promise, to continue to provide our customers with the high standards and service we demand of ourselves over the next 40 years and beyond.”

Reg Farrell Engineering Ltd.
Unit 19, Oak Road Business Park,
Western Industrial Estate,
Dublin 12,

Phone: 00353 1 465 9010  –   E-mail: info@rfe.ie