Eamonn Carey

Current Company and Position: Director of Jurisdiction and Agreements New York City District Council of Carpenters. I also serve as the Recording Secretary for Local 157.

First Job: Farmhand from aged 10 until 18 when I left Ireland.

What it taught me: Value of hard work. You haven’t lived until you have swam in the uterus of a Holstein cow at 2 am on a cold January morning.

Best advice you could give someone starting out: Listen, ask questions and read a lot. Work on the details the rest will take care of itself.

Who is your hero and why? I grew up surrounded by some very impressive people. All of my grandparents had been active in the struggle for independence. My parents were very community oriented and were active in promoting athletics and youth development in the county. My sisters have all worked and volunteered in their communities. I admire and respect people who do for others without needing awards or acclaim, so this is a little uncomfortable.

Biography: Eamonn grew up in Listowel Co. Kerry. He and his sisters were encouraged by their parents to participate in every aspect of life in a small town. He first came to New York and New Jersey in 1993 and shortly thereafter joined the Carpenters Union as an apprentice. Through the years Eamonn has worked in almost every facet of the construction industry and grown from apprentice to leadership. In 2005 Eamonn married his wife Virginia and they have two wonderful daughters who are their pride and joy. He has been active in the Carpenters Union from the beginning of his career and in 2011 he joined the staff at the New York City District Council of Carpenters as a Business Agent. In 2019 he was elected as Recording Secretary for Local 157. In 2023 he was appointed as the Director of Jurisdiction and Agreements at the District Council of Carpenters. Eamonn is an avid Munster and Ireland rugby fan. But his passion is his family.  


2024 Irish Labor Awards