Top marks for John’s 75th customer connection

Ronnie Hollywood, Newry, left with John McCusker, qualified installer, firmus energy and Gavin Twamley, energy advisor, firmus energy. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

With 2016 marking 25 years in the plumbing business for John, the boost from the additional 75 firmus energy connections has given him even more reason to celebrate.

John commented, “Since I became a registered firmus energy installer, the additional gas connections coming in have been great. With efficient boilers and many practical advantages, converting to natural gas is continuing to be a popular choice for people in the area.

“We are very busy in and around Newry and I am extremely happy about that as I know many businesses have not been as fortunate since the recession hit.”

Retired teacher, Ronnie Hollywood from Newry, recently had his house converted to natural gas by John.

He commented, “The conversion to firmus energy was extremely easy and John did a great job of the work in my home. I am particularly enjoying having instant hot water as my family all love showers and it is great not having to wait for the water to heat. I also love knowing that I will never run out of fuel and no oil tank gives me a bit of extra room in my garden. My house is cosier than ever, which has been lovely during the colder months.”

Gavin Twamley, from firmus energy, added, “We are delighted that, as well as customers benefiting from the many advantages of natural gas, local installers are also reaping rewards from firmus energy.

“In Newry alone, almost 2,000 customers have switched to natural gas so far and with more than 8,000 additional homes and businesses with the potential to connect over the next five years, John may find himself busier than ever!”

The information sessions have also been continuing, with one of the latest events held in The Stables Bar, Lurgan.

With more than 6,000 customers in the Armagh, Craigavon and Banbridge Council area and a further potential 44,759 properties that will be able to connect to natural gas in the next five years, the event, which was open to home-owners, businesses and elected representatives, allowed attendees to find out more about how and when they might be able to access the fuel source.

firmus energy has major plans for the area, intending to lay an additional 430km of gas mains across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon by 2021, which equates to an infrastructure investment of £24.4m.

Michelle Coleman of firmus energy, explained, “We would like to thank the local elected representatives, home-owners and businesses from the area that came along to find out more about the development of our network and how properties can connect to natural gas.

“Our fuel brings many benefits including the convenience of a constant supply of energy, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, no need for storage facilities or the worry of ordering or running out of natural gas. Available to both commercial and residential customers, the fuel also helps to increase energy efficiency and is environmentally-friendly.”

To find out more about natural gas and how to connect, visit www.firmusenergy. For further information on McCusker Gas Appliance & Oil Boiler Services, visit their facebook page at