Modern Tyres

About Us

Started in 1965 Modern Tyres has grown to become Ireland’s largest independent tyre retailers with 40 branches Nationwide. We pride ourselves in delivering a top class service offering our customers the largest choice of tyres in stock. You can be assured that we have something to suit your vehicle and your budget.

In 2015 Modern Tyres celebrates 50 years in business, started back in 1965 by Jimmy Byrne the company is still family owned and run today.

Jimmy Byrne started Modern Tyres  in 1965 when  he opened his first retail / wholesale tyre depot in the Old Railway Yard in Enniskillen. Over the years, as his four son’s & daughter entered the business allowing Jimmy time to identify opportunities within the tyre retail sector, sites where purchased in various prominent towns throughout Northern Ireland and the eldest son’s left home to run these depots

As the company expanded Modern Tyres made its first major acquisition by purchasing Ards Tyre Service in Oct 1995, after the success of this came further acquisitions in Belfast, Holywood, Lisburn, Larne, Ballymena bringing the total number of depots to 16. Around this time Modern Tyres recruited a financial controller James McKee from Local accountancy firm Grant Thornton, who had managed Modern’s accounts for many years, and a general manager Charles Corscadden from Bridgestone who had over 25 years’ experience in the tyre industry.

The time was coming for something big and it came in Aug 2002 when Modern purchased the Northern Ireland arm of U.K. giant Motorway Tyre & Exhaust centres. This was the largest single purchase of tyre depots in Northern Ireland history, making headline new across the province.

Further acquisitions were made in Belfast, L’Derry and Strabane during 2003 to 2005.  However in 2012 the opportunity to take over the last three remaining ATS branches in Northern Ireland presented itself giving us a total of thirty branches.

As a company we have always wanted to move into the South of Ireland and in 2013 that opportunity came our way when Hanover Tyres cameo on the Market. With ten locations spread from Dublin to Cork it took our tally of depots to forty.

These acquisitions have made Modern Tyres into a Nationwide network of forty retail fast-fit centres and a Southern Ireland tyre wholesale company, making it the largest independent tyre retail / wholesale company in Ireland. Modern Tyres prides itself on offering an unrivalled level of customer service through the retail, fleet, commercial, agricultural and wholesale markets offering the widest selection of tyres from the leading manufactures as well as batteries, exhausts and Alcoa truck alloy wheels.


Modern Tyres deal direct with all major tyre manufacturers bringing in containers to their warehouses in Enniskillen and Newry on a daily basis. With 30 centres throughout Northern Ireland and 10 in Southern Ireland we stock an extensive range of tyres to service the requirements of today’s motorists. We pride ourselves on the service we give our customers and train all our staff to the highest standards who will give advice on the best tyres to suit your needs.


With a stock holding of upwards of 100,000 car van and 4X4 tyres available at any one time. Tyres are delivered using our own fleet of delivery vans backed up with a next day courier service.

Montgomery Motorsport

Montgomery Motorsport Ltd have now been trading for over 20 years. Malcolm, and his wife Liz have always been heavily involved in rallying. Liz was a successful rally driver in the 80’s and coveted many wins in her time behind the wheel including Irish Ladies Tarmac Champion. Being immersed in the competitive world of rallying they soon discovered how difficult it was to get parts for the rally cars in Ireland.

In response to the ever flourishing rally scene Malcolm and Liz decided to set up Montgomery Motorsport to supply the rapidly increasing amount of local rally competitors. The company started off small, based in Belfast and supplied mainly navigational rally products such as tripmeters and maplights. Soon the stock increased and the company quickly outgrew its current premises. In 2000 the company moved location to the more centrally based Augher, County Tyrone.

Montgomery Motorsport Ltd are the main agent in Northern Ireland for Sparco, OMP, Lifeline, Alcon, Woodford Trailers, Stack Instruments, Safety Devices, Peltor etc

Whilst the company specialises in Ford and Talbot parts, they supply parts for almost all vehicle models, including WRC cars. Most parts are for competitive vehicles but some also have relevance in the road and track day market.

Montgomery Motorsport Ltd do not simply supply Ireland and the UK – products are shipped worldwide on a regular basis. The company has built a reputation of quality motorsport products at a very competitive price and this appeals to customers everywhere.

Rainbow Communications

Rainbow Communications is one of the leading independent telecommunications companies in the UK and Ireland, with over 10,000 business customers and over 45% of Northern Ireland’s Top 200 Companies.

Rainbow was established by Eric Carson & Martin Hamill in 1998 and remains a family owned business. Over the years the owners have surrounded themselves with a team of industry experts, enabling Rainbow to offer its customers a range of leading telecommunications, IT and telematics services.

Rainbow places customer service and support at the heart of its business. With over 100 employees, dedicated Account Managers and Customer Support Teams, Rainbow is committed to ensuring our customers receive industry leading telecommunications experience. That is why Rainbow have invested in gaining direct access to its suppliers provisioning systems, including BT Openreach’s WL3 platform and allowing our teams to directly manage our customers’ service request, test lines and make appointments for their 25,000 engineers.

Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland

Ordnance Survey history

In the nineteenth century the Irish Ordnance Survey, led by Lt Col Thomas Colby, completed the world’s first large-scale mapping of an entire country – the island of Ireland. Given the limited technology available, the accuracy of this survey was astonishing .
How it was done
In 1824, Parliament ordered Colby and most of his staff to Ireland, to produce a detailed six inch to the mile valuation survey. Colby and Lt Thomas Drummond, a leading mathematician and inventor, designed specialist measuring equipment, systematically collected place names, and reorganised the map-making process.
The maps were based on a framework of triangulated points. The first leg of the first triangle, known as the baseline, was measured along the flat eastern shore of Lough Foyle. The baseline, at almost eight miles, was the longest of its kind and was measured to the highest standards of accuracy available at the time. In 1960 it was re-measured using modern electronic equipment and the old measurement was only out by one inch.
The tools especially developed for the project, were an iron and brass bimetallic strip compensation bar, a strong limelight and a heliostat reflector for daylight observations.
These first maps provided the basis of an accurate survey of properties originally for taxation purposes.
Place names
By 1830 the Survey began to recruit staff to research geographical names and approve the forms of the names which would appear on maps – townlands, districts, hamlets and hill features. These names have been published on successive editions of maps in their original form. All other names on Ordnance maps are updated for each new edition and new, changed and obsolete names are carefully recorded.
Measuring heights
When it was decided to put height points on maps, local ‘datums’, where the height is fixed at zero, were chosen at locations around the country. The datum for County Dublin was fixed at the low water mark of the spring tide on 8 April 1837 at Poolbeg lighthouse. This datum was later used across Ireland until new datums were adopted in the mid 20th century: mean sea level at Malin Head, County Donegal in 1958 and mean sea level at Clarendon Dock Belfast between 1951 and 1956.
Metric height information on OSNI maps
All large-scale mapping undertaken by OSNI is published with metric height information referred to mean sea level at Belfast. However, to make sure compatibility throughout the 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 map series which cover both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the heights on all OSNI small-scale maps refer to mean sea level at Malin. Malin OD is about 0.037m above MSL Belfast.

Armagh City Banbridge Craigavon Borough Council

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon is a local government district in Northern Ireland. The district was created as Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon on 1 April 2015 by merging the City and District of Armagh, Banbridge District and most of the Borough of Craigavon. The word “City” was added to the name on 24 February 2016, to reflect Armagh’s city status. The local authority is Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The district covers parts of counties Armagh and Down, taking in the upper Bann valley and much of the southern shore of Lough Neagh as well as Armagh city. It has a population of 211,900. The name of the new district was announced on 17 September 2008.

Mourne Country Hotel


In the vibrant city of Newry, Mourne Country Hotel offers high-quality accommodation, with a restaurant, bar and live entertainment. En suite rooms are complemented by free on-site parking.

Used Cars NI

Set up in 2006, Used Cars NI has grown to become Northern Ireland’s biggest and best online car marketplace, with over 16,000 cars to choose from – more than any other NI website.

A comprehensive list of features, included optional extras, industry-leading vehicle data, and personalised finance options will provide you with everything you need to make a well-informed decision about your next car.  All that’s left for you to do is set your budget, compare your favourites, and book your test drive!

Used Cars NI are proud to support the Ulster Rally, and we would like to wish all competitors the very best of luck.


We’ve come a long way since 1936.

And we continue to go “out of our way” for all our customers.

It was a momentous time in many ways when WG Creighton first opened the doors of Finaghy Garage in the autumn of 1936.

William’s garage, with a couple of pumps out front, has since grown to become a South Belfast landmark with its famous tiger proudly surveying the world around it from its place atop ‘Creightons of Finaghy’, now a 3,000 sq ft Eurospar store that includes a Post Office, Ticketmaster, top quality Deli, florists, carwash and fuel store that’s open 24 hours a day, 364 days of the year.

A separate Creightons Garage Repair and Vehicle Recovery Service business plus Autostore are also nearby, an echo of the early days of the company; and a new Creightons of Blacks Road and Creightons of Balmoral have been developed to ensure our customers continue to enjoy the best possible choice and service.

What hasn’t changed over all those years is that unique Creighton Family focus on innovation, quality, choice and customer service that has guided the company since WG opened for business just over 80 years ago.

And it’s that same focus that will drive the company forward into the next 80 years. We hope you will continue to be part of it all.

KDM Hire

KDM Hire is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading equipment rental companies offering the largest range of equipment for hire with over 1000 different products available.

Established in 1990 and operating from depots in Cookstown and Belfast, the business has grown to become one of the top 100 rental companies in the UK and has won numerous awards for quality, service and customer care.

KDM offers a large variety of non operated plant and tools for hire from drills and lawn mowers to 13T excavators, rollers and dumpers. Other products include traffic management equipment, pumps, lighting towers, scaffolding, welding equipment and temporary fencing. We also hire an extensive range of material handling equipment for industrial or construction applications including forklifts, telehandlers and skid steer loaders.

Dickson & Co Insurance Brokers

Company Profile:

Dickson & Co Insurance brokers have been established since 1992 and have grown steadily to become one of the most progressive brokers in Northern Ireland with a network of 6 offices, in Cookstown, Dungannon, Lisnaskea, Omagh, Newry and Newtownstewart.  Dickson & Co are a leading independent insurance broker who have access to the major insurance providers operating within the UK and Ireland and work closely with these providers to offer our clients a competitive insurance solution tailored to suit their requirements.

Service Philosophy:

It is important to us that our clients get the correct cover, at the correct price and receive a quality service.  That is why we are proud that our business keeps the personal touch as an integral part of our business approach.  We work with our clients to provide the correct insurance solution that can be tailored to suit their requirements.  We understand that no insurance is standard and we take the time to create a bespoke insurance solution tailored for your purpose, and at a competitive price.

Dickson & Co has established strong relationships with local and international insurers to provide new and existing clients competitive rates year upon year.  It is our reputation for getting our clients the correct insurance cover, at a competitive premium and be on hand to manage the claim on our clients behalf should anything go wrong, that has created a strong and loyal customer base. No matter what your insurance needs you can rest assured that Dickson & Co will work with you to provide the best solution, at the right price and with a personal touch.

Our services:

  • Personal Insurances – Private motor, household and travel insurance
  • Easydrive – Affordable Car Insurance for Learners & New Drivers
  • Leisure – motorsports, motorhome, caravan & pleasure boat
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Motor Fleet – including haulage, coach and private hire
  • Motor Trade
  • Agriculture
  • Retail
  • Commercial Property
  • Property Owners – Residential & Commercial
  • Manufacturing & Wholesale
  • Construction
  • Entertainment
  • Professional Risks
  • Risk Management

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