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A new branch of St Columba’s Credit Union was officially opened on Monday at Galway Shopping Centre by Mayor of Galway, Councillor Donal Lyons. He is pictured with Padraig O'Callaghan, Chairman of St Columba's Credit Union. Photos: Mike Shaughnessy.

A new branch of St Columba’s Credit Union was officially opened at Galway Shopping Centre on Monday by Mayor of Galway, Councillor Donal Lyons.

The new office provides a full range of savings and loans products to its existing members and to new members from the Tirellan, Sandyvale, Crestwood, Ballinfoyle, Menlo and Castlegar areas of the city.

St Columba’s Credit Union has operated successfully since 1963. The credit union is one of the most successful and respected credit unions in Ireland and has grown consistently since its foundation.

It will now serve 27,000 members from its offices in Mervue, Renmore, Oranmore, and 24 Eyre Square. The addition of the new branch will be welcomed by members in the Tirellan and Ballinfoyle areas of the city.

St Columba’s Credit Union offers a wide range of services to members including savings, loans and insurance products. “We see the opening of the new office as a signal of confidence by the Credit Union for the future.

“We will, over the coming years, be expanding the range of services that we offer to our members. This coming year we will be joining the CUSOP scheme which will allow us to provide electronic payment services to our members,” says Padraig O’Callaghan, chairman of St Columba’s.

“This service will allow our members have payments paid directly from a bank, employer or social welfare directly into their credit union account by electronic transfer.”

Mr O’Callaghan said they had been conscious for some time that there was a need to provide a suitable branch in the Tirellan and Ballinfoyle area which has an overall population in excess of six thousand.

“We are delighted to have secured a suitable premises at Galway Shopping Centre which will cater for our membership in the area,” said  St Columba’s CEO Eileen Dunleavy.

The Shopping Centre office is open for business from Tuesdays to Saturdays inclusive.

St Columba’s was founded in 1963 making it the first Credit Union in Galway City. It also has branches at Mervue, Oranmore, and 24 Eyre Square.

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Former Manchester United star joins forces with Galway tech company

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New alliance...Rachel Kavanagh, CMO Clubforce; Garry Stannett, CEO Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and Noel Murray, CEO, Clubforce.

A Galway enterprise that started out as a pet project to establish a fundraising tool for Irish Diaspora to send money to their GAA clubs back home has now teamed up with an English football legend – to drive inclusivity in sport.

Clubforce, founded by Warren Healy in Carna back in 2009, has joined forced with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a youth and community development charity which works in the heart of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation was set up in 2012 by the former professional footballer, following issues of inequality he experienced in his own life.

It is now working in communities across Ireland and the UK, with regional hubs in Belfast, Manchester, and London – supporting more than 10,000 youths, helping them to realise their potential.

Foundation Founder, former Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand, said he was ‘delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all’.

“We are on the same journey,” he said.

Clubforce CMO Rachel Kavanagh said they had huge admiration for the work done by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation – particularly for girls.

“I’m especially excited to hear about programs such as GoGirl, building the confidence of young women and girls to achieve their potential. We’re looking forward to contributing to the efforts made by the Foundation to drive inclusion and sports participation across genders in both geographies,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New domain registrations reveal growth of almost 7% over first half of year

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Figures...David Curtin.

Traditional businesses are embracing their online presence now more than ever in the aftermath of Covid – with Galway companies showing a growth of almost seven per cent in new domain registrations post-pandemic.

That’s according to the latest statistics released by .IE, Ireland’s country domain manager. 

There were 1,236 new .ie domains registered in Galway in the first half of this year, representing growth of 6.6% over pre-pandemic 2019.

That figure accounted for over half of the 2,352 new .ie domains registered in Connacht between January and June 2022, as the database reported 2.6% year-on-year growth, with new registrations returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Identifying with place proved very popular for new .ie registrations in H1 2022. In Galway, the top three keywords in new .ie domain registrations were ‘Galway’, ‘Ireland’ and ‘Irish’.

At the end of June, the total .ie database stood at 332,642 domains.

Limerick recorded the highest percentage growth among the major urban counties (Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford) over the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Large numbers of younger Irish workers plan to change jobs in next two years

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Gary Notley...workers reassessing options.

More than half of the co-called Gen Z’s and only slightly less of our millennials plan to leave their current jobs for pastures new in the next two years.

That’s according to a new Deloitte Ireland survey which revealed that 56% of Gen Zs and 40% of millennials plan to leave their current roles in that time.

It also found that 53% of millennials believe the economic situation will worsen in the next twelve months, compared to 36% of Gen Z.

And 55% of Irish millennials cite the cost of living as being their number one greatest concern with one in four of them leaving their organisations in 2022 as a result of burnout.

Gen Z refers to the generation of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, while millennials are those reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century.

Overall, the survey found that both cohorts are concerned about an economic downturn – but they desire a better work/life balance and want more flexible working arrangements than they currently have.

The Irish participants were taking part in the Millennial and Gen Z global study of over 45 countries – and they said they are more willing than ever to leave for fresh opportunities.

They are seeking options to provide them with better salary/reward, work life balance, higher flexibility and opportunity offered by employers, and, to a lesser extent, organisations focused on climate change.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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