The damage caused by Storm Rachel provided a TREE-mendous opportunity for two young entrepreneurs.
The young McGarvey brothers Ronan, 17, and Conor, 14, set up Donegal Pens in 2010 and it has been a huge success.
They turn old wood into stunning pens which are shipped all over the world.
Among the well-known faces who own the pens are Daniel O’Donnell, the Obama family, President Michael D Higgins and Gerry Adams.
And yesterday’s storm provided them with some stunning trees which they can use to turn into the hand-crafted items.
The lads call a call about a stunning oak tree which had come crashing down at Drumnacart, a few miles from their company’s base at their home in Loughanure.
Conor, 14, estimates they will get the raw materials for about 250 pens from the tree.
“We thought we would put out an SOS on Facebook in case anyone had a tree blown down on their property which they might need shifting.
“We got a call about this oak tree and it is just perfect. We will take it away and get it cut up and it will provide us with the raw materials for about 250 pens,” he said.
The tree will now be dried and added to the boy’s stock of woods.
The boys organise all the shipping themselves from their custom-made shed at the back of their home.
Last year they had 1.2 million hits on their websites www.donegalpens.com