Daniel O’Connell’s Sons marks more than century of building in Western Massachusetts

Company founder Daniel O’Connell was just 14 years old when he arrived in Holyoke from Ireland in 1847. He first worked as a water boy for the construction team of the original Holyoke dam. Later he worked for the city as a superintendent of streets, and, in 1879, he established Daniel O’Connell’s Sons, a firm that today can claim it has built everything from classrooms to dams, theaters to bridges and laboratories to high-rise towers.

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