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Mercury’s ‘Frankfurt Family’ extends EURO50 welcome
Author: Cormac Byrne  /  11th Aug, 2022  /  News, Insights

Throughout a Mercury career that has spanned thirty years, three countries, and a variety of complex sectors, Dave Finn has been on hand to witness Mercury’s continued growth and evolution.

Starting out as an electrical apprentice in Dublin, Ireland, Dave has since worked on an impressive range of projects, including semiconductor plants, gas terminals, hospitals, shopping centres and more.

Currently a Construction Manager on a data centre project in Frankfurt, Germany, Dave is adamant that while he has experienced a number of different sectors and countries throughout his time at Mercury, one thing has remained ever present – our unique ‘family’ like culture.

As Frankfurt gears up to host sixteen Mercury teams from eleven countries, Dave Finn speaks about the acclaimed family welcome that awaits our football players, spectators and volunteers at EURO50.

What stands out about Mercury’s culture to you?

“Working for Mercury is like being part of a tribe. We all look out for each other! From when I first started working in Europe, there has always been a culture of meeting up in the evenings for dinners, drinks, and social events. We have always had one key rule though, no shop talk allowed!”

“I’ve worked for Mercury in Europe for eight years now, and thirty altogether. My first job on the continent involved the delivery of a data centre project in the Netherlands. Since then, I’ve spent the past number of years working in Frankfurt. The people you meet become your friends, not just your work colleagues. You end up going to christenings, weddings and more. It might take some time to build these relationships, but the longer you spend together as a team, the closer you get, in many ways it’s like being part of a big family.”

Throughout a Mercury career that has spanned thirty years, three countries, and a variety of complex sectors, Dave Finn has been on hand to witness Mercury’s continued growth and evolution.

“Some of the team I’ve been working with have been together for the best part of fifteen years and so many of us have come through the ranks together. I met Rory O’Brien while working on the Dundrum Shopping Centre project nearly twenty years ago – now he’s Managing Director of our Critical Data Infrastructure Division. Eoin Lally started out as an Electrician several years ago and now he is a Project Manager, Keith Flynn came onboard on the Corrib Gas project, and he is now a Business Unit Lead, while I first met Elena Martin, one of our Commissioning Managers, when she joined as a graduate on a project in Groningen.”

“These people, the management, and our team have all put their heart and soul into establishing the company in Europe, and this drive, culture and sense of togetherness are unique to Mercury.”

What are you most looking forward to about EURO50?

“I can’t wait to see all of the old faces and I look forward to meeting some new ones too. We’re ready to welcome a diverse mix of Mercury people, players and spectators to Frankfurt for this special occasion. Some of our teams have given up their evenings and weekends to organise EURO50. It has been tough, but we can’t wait for kick-off!”

“Some brilliant people have been working hard in the background to get all of this organised. Credit must go to Lynda Cahalan, Stephen O’Brien, Alan Garnett, Mick Farrelly, Anna Kuchta, Ciaran Matthewson, Ciaran Luttrell, and Gillian Arnold. It has very much been a cross-divisional effort with my team working closely alongside many of our colleagues from DCBS (Data Centres and Building Services).”

“I’m also eager to see how we fare in the football. We have two teams representing Frankfurt, and I’m not giving any trade secrets away, but can reveal that they have been training with a local team of Columbian guys that they met while practicing in the park, and it’s full on! The weather should be very warm on match day, and our teams are training in that weather, which might be a bit of shock to the system to some of the travelling teams! To combat this, we are taking extra precautions to ensure that there are appropriate hydration stations for all players and fans throughout. Another thing to keep an eye on is the Mercury Legends game, which is highly anticipated.”

Frankfurt was selected as host city by our tournament steering committee due to the scale of Mercury’s operations in the area.

What makes Frankfurt a great location for EURO50?

“Frankfurt is a real hidden gem. For a start it is a central hub for Mercury within Europe. You can get here from most cities in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Poland, within 2-3 hours. There are over one million people living here, and it is a truly diverse European city, which personifies Mercury really. When the sun is shining, particularly down by the banks of the river Main, there is a real festival atmosphere, which makes Frankfurt an ideal location to celebrate Mercury’s 50th year in business.”

ABOUT EURO50

We are proud to unveil EURO50, our unique event that celebrates Mercury’s 50th year in business.

EURO50 is a five-a-side football tournament that brings our people together and represents our diversity and presence across Europe.

Following a number of local qualifying events which saw hundreds of our people participate, sixteen teams representing eleven countries will take to the pitch on Saturday 13th August in Frankfurt, Germany.

Frankfurt was selected as host city by our tournament steering committee due to the scale of Mercury’s operations in the area. With a number of active projects in Germany, this is a key region for us, where we employ over 300 direct staff members and 2,000 subcontractors.

Two teams from the host city of Frankfurt will be joined by selections from Berlin, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Poland, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, England and Ireland.

Two special pieces of silverware are up for grabs. In honour of our founding fathers, the winners of EURO50 will be crowned champions of the Frank O’Kane Cup, while the winners of our plate competition will take home the Joe Morgan Shield.

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