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Rory comes from Ireland, from the Ring of Gullion, in the County of Armagh. He was educated at the Marist and the Newry Technical College.

Rory came to New York in 1985 and began his career as a carpenter. He worked his way up to becoming a foreman and then a general foreman due to his strong leadership qualities, expertise and knowledge.

In 1989 he started Duce Construction Corporation and began to renovate homes in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, NY. Today, Duce specializes in constructing, building and renovating high-end homes and apartments in Manhattan, Westchester, Connecticut and New Jersey. Many projects have been highlighted in top architectural and home magazines such as The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Classic Home, Interior Design, Metropolitan Home, House & Garden, Bathroom Trends, Elle Decor, Home Video and various other trade related publications. In addition, Duce is proud to be featured in the article “Best Building Pros in America” in This Old House Magazine, October 2004 Issue.

Rory has donated his time and workforce to help the Kips Bay Children’s Charity, which was published in the New York Times in 1999. Duce has developed strong relationships with several major architectural and design firms in and around New York, CT, and NJ, many of which were featured in an article in the New York Magazine’s October 14, 2002 Issue, entitled “The City’s 100 Best Architects & Decorators”.

Rory is well known and respected within New York’s Irish community. A concerned participant in New York’s Irish community, he has been honored by multiple associations including The Armagh Association in 2003 and The New York Irish Center in 2009. Rory received a Proclamation from the New York City Council in 2009 and again in 2013. Rory was honored by the Irish Voice as one of the top fifty best business leaders in 2010 and in 2011 the Irish Echo honored him and Duce Construction for being one of the top fifty best Irish businesses in New York 2011. Rory was honored by the New York city Emerald isle Immigration center in 2013. He is a continuing contributor to the Kip’s Bay’s Charity and GLAAD and is a board member for the prestigious Downtown Magazine.

He has patented a multi-purpose hand tool (US Patent WO/2005/018880) which is currently being marketed to high-end contractors and construction firms.

Rory supports multiple organizations, a few of which are listed here:

Over his career, Rory has earned top awards for his knowledge and expertise in the field of construction and construction management. A short list of those honors and awards are listed below:

Coach of the Year
Bayside Little League
September 2013
Top 50 Best Irish Businesses
Irish Echo
2011
Top 50 Business Leaders
Irish Voice
2010
Proclamation
New York City Council
2009, 2013
Man of the Year
New York Irish Center
2009
Kips bay Children’s Charity
New York Times Article
2009
Best Building Pro in America
This Old House Magazine
2004
Man of the Year
Armagh Association
2003
Featured Article
The City’s 100 Best Architects & Decorators
2002