The business is run by husband and wife team, Seán Mahon and Marie Conroy, and has offices in Roscommon town and Elphin. It provides services in commercial law, family and divorce law, property, medical negligence, accident claims, and wills and inheritance law.
Mahon Sweeney moved to new, modern offices at The Square in Roscommon town two years ago and Seán says the company hasn’t looked back since.
“It’s a customised office too, which makes life much easier in terms of organising dedicated meeting rooms, wheelchair access and of course better staff facilities”.
“It also made this year easier in terms of Covid-19,” Marie adds. “The lay-out allows for more confidentiality and access to the (County Council) car park at the back. Clients can be assured of privacy when attending meetings at the office”.
As well as the privacy provided by Mahon Sweeney’s new offices, the firm also offers Zoom meetings for clients in the ‘at risk’ category in terms of Covid.
Mahon Sweeney is very much a team effort – as is evident as soon as you are greeted by staff at the front door – and both Seán and Marie were quick in paying tribute to their colleagues including solicitors, Lorraine Feeney and Seán’s sister, Niamh Mahon.
“Our office manager, Lorraine Miley, would have been instrumental in terms of our systems and in setting up our website, which went online last year.
“Our staff are excellent and have continued to give 100% even throughout this difficult year. We are a team and we couldn’t keep going without them,” Marie said.
“Business has obviously been significantly affected with a reduction both in transactions and work in general and now it’s really a question of what comes next year,” said Seán.
“The Government supports aren’t going to be continued and so it’s a question of whether the economy picks up.
“By and large, it’s down our own resilience, both in terms of our own business and businesses in Roscommon. It’s also down to people in Roscommon saying: ‘There’s adversity in front of us and we now have to meet it head on’”.
For Mahon Sweeney, there has been increased demand for services such as wills and inheritance and other personal services, as Marie explains.
“Covid-19 has been an extraordinary event in all of our lives but it has given people a chance to take stock. Solicitors aren’t a service you use daily unless you’re buying a house or need them for something immediate. But because people were working from home, they may have stood back and decided to take control of something they had put off in the past.
“We found there has been an uptake in services such as wills and inheritance and perhaps among farmers hoping to put plans in place for the next generation,” she said.
There has also been an increase in people returning to buy homes in Roscommon, thanks to remote working opportunities and the quality of life on offer here.
“People who have traditionally gone away are now staying in the locality and we are very grateful that people who made the move back from Dublin or the UK are choosing a local solicitor. Thanks to our local knowledge; when someone comes into us we are not just looking at the transaction but at the bigger picture,” Marie said.