Our History

Top Oil’s rich heritage

Top Oil history - coal ship

Top Oil history – coal ship.

The history of Top Oil and Tedcastle McCormick has been synonymous with trade and progress for a period spanning over two centuries. The original company was founded in 1800 by Robert Tedcastle to import and distribute coal in the city of Dublin.


Today the Tedcastle Group of companies include: Top – one of Ireland’s leading fuel importers and distributors, Top Kelly Fuels – a leading oil and coal importer and distributor in Northern Ireland, Bruce Lindsay – one of the UK’s leading importers and distributors of coal, Tedcastle Aviation Fuels (TAF) – the “into-plane” fuelling operator at Shannon Airport and Tedcastle Properties, who look after group property interests in Ireland and the UK.

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1800 – Tedcastle McCormick was founded, this was mainly a coal & shipping business.

A coal cart

A coal cart

1951 – JP Reihill acquired Tedcastle McCormick.

1960 – Tedcastle McCormick acquired TL McDonalds Coal & Oil company.

1965 – Tedcastle McCormick began importing oil from Russia.

1972 – Terminal 1 was constructed & opened. This was the largest oil storage facility in Ireland.

Top Oil's old terminal in Dublin

Top Oil’s old terminal in Dublin

1973 – The brand was changed from TL McDonalds to Tedcastles Oil Products.

7 - rebranded Forecourt (2)

1977 – Terminal 2 was constructed & opened.

4 - Opening of Depot (2)

1996 – The brand was changed to TOP with new green image & feathers.

8 - New Terminal (2)

2009 – The new motorway service areas opened on the M1 & M4 motorways.

-photo Kieran Harnett

(Photo Kieran Harnett)

2012 – The brand was changed to Top Oil – Fueling Ireland.

Pic: Michael O'Rourke.

(Photo Michael O’Rourke.


2016 – Acquisition of Sirio Retail Operations followed by opening of Junction 3 Cobh Cross, company owned location

Top Oil Junction 3 Cobh Cross

Top Oil Junction 3 Cobh Cross


2019 – Tedcastle group of companies acquired by Canadian-owned company Irving Oil. Learn more about Irving Oil at https://irvingoil.com/en/who-we-are .


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