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Noel Sweeney

The Tara Group was founded by Noel Sweeney who passed away in the spring of 2020.

Born in Corrigeen, Ireland, Noel was the second of eight children and grew up on a farm before starting work aged 19. He became manager of a factory in Longford aged 26. In 1972 Noel moved to England, arriving at the Stork Hotel, Liverpool with £300 in his pocket. 

Noel was due to attend several job interviews, however Noel’s love of horses and racing saw him lose all that he had and he was unable to travel to attend the interviews. He pawned his wedding ring, travelled to Birmingham and met an old school friend who was working on a building site. Noel joined him working on site and very quickly realised that he could earn more on-site building than he could as a factory manager. In 1974 Chasetown Civil Engineering was founded.

Noel would say that his success was due to Carmel, his wife; they celebrated their Golden wedding in 2015. They had five children; four daughters and a son, Oisin died sadly at the age of 35. Two of Noel’s daughters work within the business today, together with his eldest grandson.

In 1994, Noel founded Cameron Homes and in 2013 bought Galliers Homes, expanding into Shropshire.

Keon Homes was founded in 2018 to focus on PRS, affordable homes provision and open market residential homes.

Noel was an active supporter of a number of charities, helping fund a new centre for the charity Sense in Birmingham and the new Catholic Church in Burntwood. He also supported the English and Irish College in Rome, the education department of Derby County Football Club’s Youth Academy and several local community initiatives.   

He had a huge heart and was extremely compassionate and committed to his family, to those who worked for him and to the many charities he supported. A practising Roman Catholic, Noel was bestowed the Order of St Gregory in 2019, for his contribution above and beyond the life of the church – one of five papal knighthoods awarded by the Catholic church. 

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The Sweeney Foundation

Noel was competitive and loved competition. A sports enthusiast, he was president of Chasetown Football Club, a keen supporter of Burntwood Rugby Club and Derby County Football Club. He also kept a number of racehorses in training.

Noel was a very successful, highly respected business leader; he had a unique way of connecting with people. He brought out the best in people, making everyone feel valued and important. He always had a lot of time for the people he met and took a keen interest in their lives.  

The Sweeney Family continue to oversee his legacy with daughter Blaithin Stevenson a Director of Cameron Homes and Charmaine Sweeney leading the Noel Sweeney Foundation to carry on Noel’s legacy of charitable support.

Learn more about The Noel Sweeney Foundation