Boost for North West and good news for staff and customers.


Arachas, the country’s largest nationwide insurance broker, today announced the acquisition of Gilmartin Insurances, a general insurance business operating out of Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, for an undisclosed sum.

This is an important strategic investment for Arachas in the North West region and comes on the back of several acquisitions around the country, including Tom Fogarty Insurances in Tipperary last month.  Arachas also previously acquired businesses with offices in Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.

Established in the early 1960’s, Gilmartin Insurances serves the local market in the surrounding areas of North and South Leitrim, West Cavan, South Donegal and East Sligo. A well-respected and trusted independent insurance broker for over 60 years, Gilmartin specialises in home insurance, vehicle insurance, business and farm insurance and caters for the personal and business market. Owner John Gilmartin will stay on with the business to ensure that all customers will have a smooth transfer as well as access to a great range of insurance products. The existing staff will join the Arachas team following the transaction.

Arachas provides high quality and cost-effective insurance products for businesses and consumers with motor and home insurance around the country and this acquisition will increase the availability of these products to the people of Leitrim, Sligo and beyond.

Joey Wynne, CEO of Arachas said: “This is an important acquisition for Arachas in the North West of Ireland. Since becoming CEO, I have been focused on strengthening our regional presence across the country, first in the Mid West and now in the North West, to ensure that customers in every corner of the country have access to the highest quality of services. I am delighted to welcome Gilmartin Insurances to the Arachas family, and I look forward to seeing further developments in the area.”

Commenting on the acquisition, Dermott Doherty, Arachas Regional Director for the North West Region said: “Bringing Gilmartin Insurances into the fold is a significant step for Arachas in the North West region as it highlights our commitment to supporting rural areas in Ireland while also being consistent with our goal of being the leading experts in our field. We believe John, his staff and their extensive customer base will fit seamlessly into our business in Arachas, as their offerings are similar to our own.”

On behalf of Gilmartin Insurances, John Gilmartin said: “After over six decades of providing insurance services in the region, I am proud to see my business in the capable hands of Dermott and the Arachas North West team. The staff and I are looking forward to working with the Arachas team and are committed to ensuring a smooth transition whereby our fantastic customers can deal directly with their usual brokers while having access to the full range of the expanded Arachas products and services.”


For further information please contact:

Fia Long                        087 065 2945


About Arachas

Arachas is the country’s largest nationwide Insurance broker with over 700 employees at 16 offices located throughout the country. Our experts provide consultancy on the entire range of insurance products and services for commercial and domestic customers based on our long-standing relationships with clients and providers and unrivalled access to insurance data.

Arachas can also uniquely provide complex insurance requirements via innovative sector specific schemes.

Arachas is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace and offers flexible working practices. Giving back to our local communities, through sponsorships and charities, close to our values, is important for Arachas and our employees. One such charity is Cancer Fund for Children, where we are supporting our colleague and brand ambassador, Rory Best on his Miles to Mayo fundraiser to deliver Daisy Lodge, a vital new therapeutic centre for children with cancer and their families.

Arachas is part of the Ardonagh Group, one of the world's largest independent insurance distribution platforms, with a network of over 200 locations with over 10,000 people.