Mike Treanor set up his own business, a one-man operation creating custom-made lighting in an abandoned mill in Mullan Village in County Monaghan in 2009.
Ten years later, Mullan Lighting is the biggest employer in the village, employing 65 people, many of whom live in restored mill houses.
A request to make church chandeliers proved a big break for Mullan Lighting, and other customers saw the light.
The business became the lighting supplier for Google, Legoland, Superdry and even the Royal Family. Mullan lights adorn Kensington Palace.
It is a project based business mainly focusing on the hospitality sector. The key to Mullan Lighting's success has been its ability to customise its lighting products, its quality and the speed of manufacture.
The firm controls the whole manufacturing process. "It is vital to have that in-house," Mr Treanor explained, "to be able to respond to customer requirements which often change as the project progresses. It is vital to be able to walk out of the office and onto the shop floor and be able to make those changes."
The company won "probably the biggest outdoor decorative lighting project in the world" in Le Mer in Dubai two years ago. They custom design and manufactured 1,500 customised lighting that can withstand 50-degree temperatures and sandstorms. It took 8 weeks to deliver on the project.
The premises were Mullan Lighting is based used to be a shoe factory in the village, and before that, a mill. "In the seventies, the border road closed and the shoe factory closed down, and the village itself, essentially was abandoned. It was down to one resident," Mr Treanor said.
"The houses in the past 15 years have been restored. We began working in the factory 10 years ago. The factory has rejuvenated the whole area."
Mullan Lighting has announced the expansion of its operation which will see the business double in size with the estimated creation of 30 jobs over the next two years through the construction phase and continued business innovation.