Padraic Cuddy found his business inspiration in Portugal before he brought it all the way back home to Co. Roscommon. More than a decade ago, after spending 10 months working on his new artificial grass company in the Iberian country, Padraic had a lightbulb moment.
Based on his Portuguese experience and after visiting a trade show in Germany, he believed Ireland was ready for a versatile and maintenance-free new product. “I’d worked with artificial grass in Portugal but when I visited the trade show, I met manufacturers from countries including China Israel and Holland.
“I saw the grass laid out in the exhibition hall and it immediately struck me that it looked like a grave. Maybe this could work in Ireland, I thought. People knew about astro-turf but were not familiar with other uses for artificial grass.”