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UK Sailmakers Ireland – Signs of Success

2nd December 2022
Two new sailmaking appointments for UK Sailmakers Ireland: Kenny Rumball (left) and Liam Glynn
Two new sailmaking appointments for UK Sailmakers Ireland: Kenny Rumball (left) and Liam Glynn

The clearest indication that a business is succeeding is when one sees growth and expansion in that company’s staffing and operational footprint. Such is the case here at UK Sailmakers Ireland, led by renowned sailmaker and yacht racer Barry Hayes. Having been part of the worldwide UK Sailmakers International network of sailmakers for 23 years, Hayes’ Dublin and Northern Ireland base continues to expand its prominence in the Irish sailing community by consistently delivering well-designed, fast, and durable sails for both racing and cruising yachts.

Hayes recently noted, “As our business continues to expand in Ireland, we find more and more demand for high-level sales and service professionals; I’m pleased to announce the addition of two new sailmakers to our UK Sailmakers Ireland operations: Kenny Rumball and Liam Glynn.”

Kenny Rumball

Kenny Rumball focus on offshore racing customers with an overall view of creating leading-edge big boat racing sailsKenny Rumball focus on offshore racing customers with an overall view of creating leading-edge big boat racing sails

Rumball started sailing at the Sutton Dinghy Club at age five and has been an avid sailboat racer ever since. With a career in the professional marine industry, including expanding one of the largest and most diverse sailing schools in the British Isles and Ireland, Kenny continues to sail dinghies at the highest level of competition. In addition, Kenny has been a professional skipper, specialising in offshore sailing for the past eight years. He also ran Fast 40 campaigns and, for three seasons, sailed in the French Solo Offshore One-Design circuit. Now he’s working out of the Dublin base, Kenny’s will focus on offshore racing customers with an overall view of creating leading-edge big boat racing sails.

Liam Glynn

Liam Glynn - operating remotely in Northern IrelandLiam Glynn - operating  across Northern Ireland

Glynn will operate remotely in the north of Ireland, expanding the Dublin loft’s geographic footprint. A former Topper World Champion and member of the Irish Laser Sailing Academy programme, in 2021, Liam decided to leave the Irish Sailing Team to focus on college and the Irish 1720 circuit while also coaching the Irish Sailing junior squads in Ireland. Liam has sailed with Barry Hayes for years and is now working for one of his sailing mentors.

UK Sailmakers International President John Bennet said the following about this growth in the Dublin base, “Barry continues to be a leader in both European sailing and sailmaking, as well as one of the guiding lights within the UKI network. It is no surprise to us that Barry needed to hire these two exceptional young sailmakers as a means to support his steadily growing business. All of us at UKI welcome Kenny and Liam to the UK Sailmakers family.”

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About the Loft

UK Sailmakers Ireland brings modern professional sailmaking to Irish Sailing.​ Formerly known as McWilliam Sailmakers; the company was started 47 years ago to bring the latest technology to Irish sailors - we continue this mission today.

Under new leadership in 2018; our loft is dedicated to fulfilling the needs of all Irish sailors. ​As sailmakers, we do not just design sails for boats. We design and build sails for your boat. Our extensive and versatile product line allows us to produce sails to suit your requirements and expectations.   

​As a core loft within the UK Sailmakers Group, we are uniquely placed to draw from a worldwide pool of knowledge and experience - these ties have been recently strengthened with the return of Barry Hayes and Claire Morgan from Hong Kong. ​Barry held a key role in our primary production facility on Hong Kong Island for the past fifteen years. With their return comes a renewed focus on technology R&D on Irish waters.  

​With a wide variety of sailing conditions and an impressive pool of talent, the Irish cruiser racing fleet is the ideal testbed for new technologies.​ 

​As with all things in sailing; the secrets will be closely guarded - but for the first time in decades Irish sailors will be at the forefront of sail technology development.​

Although much has changed; some constants remain. The same great sail and customer service we have provided in the past will continue, as does our commitment and passion for growing the sport of sailing all over the country. 

Barry Hayes [email protected]

Contact Information:

UK Sailmakers Ireland

Hoddersfield Mill


County Cork

P43 EY26

Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 21 4831505

Fax: +353 21 4831700

Email: [email protected]

Barry Hayes

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Barry Hayes, Director of UK Sails Ireland, managed the main UK Production facility for UK Sails in Hong Kong until last October and has been a sail designer with UK sails for over 15 years.

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