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Galway Plaza provides timely boost as it opens for business

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Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring lays the first block of the Junction 16 Kiltullagh Plaza on the M6 with Pat and Una McDonagh. And below an artist's impression of the new Galway Plaza, which opens this Friday.

Eighty-five new jobs come on stream this week as the Galway Plaza opens for business at Junction 16, Kiltullagh on the M6 motorway.

The Motorway Services Station and Food Court, which officially opens tomorrow (Friday), will provide much needed services to M6 motorists as well as incorporating a Visitor Information Area, providing knowledge on the history and culture of East Galway for visitors.

It is hoped the Visitor Information Area will encourage tourists to explore the area and contribute to businesses and economy of East Galway.

A vast variety of food offerings are available for motorists in The Galway Plaza as well as a Texaco Fuel Station and a Spar Convenience Shop.

Owners of the site, Pat and Una McDonagh, focused from the outset on ensuring that the job creation benefit of the Plaza would be centred on the local area.

“Supermac’s is delighted to bring 85 jobs to the area.  We are thrilled with how The Galway Plaza has turned out,” said Pat.

“We have had excellent local construction workers and suppliers helping to get the development prepared for business and now, as the doors get closer to opening, we have a dedicated team in place ready to greet and look after each customer as they arrive.

“As members of the Kiltullagh community we are proud to provide jobs in the area as well as essential services for motorists who travel along the M6,” continued Pat.

“We have created the Visitor Information area with the hope that it will contribute significantly to the East Galway economy.  The area is rich in culture and steeped in history which deserves to be highlighted.

“History, culture, sport and visitor attractions of East Galway have dedicated individual sections located throughout the Plaza and we are proud of the quality of content which has been made available for tourists,” he added.

The McDonaghs confirmed that local businesses will be invited to advertise and promote their products and services in the Plaza.

“The development will ensure that Kiltullagh will become a landmark like Moneygall on the Irish motorway network and will benefit the entire community,” said Pat.

“We are proud of the excellent team we have brought together to serve our customers in The Galway Plaza,” added Una.

“The Galway Plaza will improve services for motorists and greatly enhance the visits of many to East Galway,” she concluded.

 

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GMIT’s new Head of its Business School

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Dr George Onofrei, Head of the GMIT School of Business.

GMIT has announced the appointment of Dr George Onofrei as the new Head of its School of Business, commencing this month.

Prior to joining GMIT, Dr Onofrei was Senior Lecturer in Strategic Development in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He has over 15 years’ experience in academia as well as considerable industry practice within the automotive, food and retail sector. He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the development of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“I look forward to continuing the development of new programmes and creating new opportunities within the School of Business working with both staff and industry partners,” said Dr Onofrei.

He succeeds Professor Graham Heaslip who was appointed Head of the GMIT School of Engineering, following Gerard MacMichael’s retirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corrib Oil’s national expansion

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Galway-headquartered Corrib Oil, one of Ireland’s leading service station and oil distribution providers has entered an agreement to acquire H2 Group.

While subject to approval by the competition regulator, this deal will see Corrib Oil acquire 13 high quality retail sites based across the south and east of Ireland, expanding the Corrib Retail footprint to 33 stores in total.

It means Corrib Oil will operate across 54 sites in 16 counties, employing over 1,000 people.

The new sites are located in Kerry; Kildare; Limerick; Tipperary; Dublin; Laois, Offaly and Cork.

Established in 1987, Corrib Oil employs 700 people across 14 counties in the West, Midlands and South.

The company, which was founded in Claremorris, is headquartered in Parkmore on the east side of Galway city. It operates two distinct divisions, Corrib Retail and Corrib Distribution.

Corrib Retail currently operates 20 convenience stores with forecourts; while Corrib Distribution, a leading distributor of heating oils and fuel, operates through 21 depots across 14 counties.

Having maintained a 22-year relationship with BWG Foods, all Corrib Retail convenience stores are branded as Spar, while all forecourts are branded Circle K or Texaco, with instore partners including Insomnia and Chopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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