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Galway’s travelling pizza brothers aim to prove there’s dosh in dough

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BY JESSICA THOMPSON

Grub on the go is a big thing during festival season – but when that food comes from the Dough Bros, you’re guaranteed restaurant quality food at street prices.

Eugene Greaney is a 27-year-old Galway native with big ideas for his business. The Dough Bros is a mobile, wood-fired pizza business which serves authentic Neapolitan pizzas on the streets and at local and national events from a trailer.

Using unique, hand-made dough, homemade sauce, and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, the Dough Bros – Eugene, Ronan and Laurence – prepare, cook and sell high-quality pizzas at competitive, affordable prices.

After being made redundant from his sales and marketing job in January, Eugene had to plan his next move. Finding another job was near impossible and he had no intention of emigrating, so he used his initiative and decided to set up a business.

“I wanted to do something that I’d be happy in, that I’d do for maybe the rest of my life, rather than just getting another job for the sake of getting another job,” he said.

The food industry has always been part of the Greaney family life. Eugene’s parents have worked in the catering and restaurant business for 20 years, and his mother is the manager of the Galleon, one of Galway’s busiest restaurants. His 21-year-old brother Ronan also has some restaurant experience. Eugene has always loved the food business and always wanted to be part of it.

AIB are very supportive of new and existing businesses and SMEs and AIB Relationship Manager Tom Burke said that he was “impressed with [Eugene’s] passion, drive and enthusiasm for his new venture” as well as the “depth of his business plan and his ambition for his business”.

So he “took the plunge”, and with the help and support of AIB, he got the funds to start his business.

“Obviously it was going to cost too much money to set up a restaurant, so I did my research and started looking at the street food market,” he said.

“The quality of street food now isn’t what it used to be – greasy burgers and chips.  A lot of people don’t have the money to eat out a restaurant, so they eat on the streets. So you’re getting restaurant-quality food on the streets at low prices.”

Trips to Naples as a kid introduced Eugene to what he says is “the best pizza in the world”, and he wanted to recreate Neapolitan pizza here in Galway and make it mobile. With the help of his brother, Ronan, and their childhood friend, Laurence Enright (26) who has been working in a Michelin Star restaurant for the past four years, this dream became a reality.

Maeve Killilea, Relationship Manager of AIB on Tuam Road referred to The Dough Bros as “an exciting new venture” that embodies [the street culture of Galway and are a perfect foodie fit to young, vibrant Galway lifestyle.”

The Dough Brothers have worked at several local events and are regular fixtures at the Moycullen Farmer’s Market on Fridays. They are also available for private parties.

“It brings a kind of theatre element to a party – the big wood-fire oven is absolutely beautiful and the flames from it naturally draw people in – it’s a centrepiece. We do all the hand-tossing of the dough and all the theatrics. It’s a little bit different at a party,” Eugene explained.

The business is young and the three Dough Bros are still learning; “It’s going to take time. It’s not going to be an overnight success; if it was, everyone would be doing it.”

But the reactions to their food have been positive so far, with some people even referring to it as “the nicest pizza they’ve had”, and with food this delicious for prices as low as €5 for a 10-inch pizza, it’s easy to see why.

They are available for hire and can be contacted on 0871761662. More information is available on their Facebook page, The Dough Bros Wood Fired Pizza.

 

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€900,000 for great outdoors

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Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton

Government funding of almost €435,250 has been approved for the upgrade of the Western Way Trail – one of four Galway projects to share funding of €929,200 under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme this week.

Local Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton, said this vital investment is needed to ensure that the trail capitalises on the natural and historic beauty of the setting, and would prove extremely popular for visitors on the Wild Atlantic Way.

“This route has proved very popular for local and tourists alike with its natural beauty well-known to most people from the area,” the Galway TD said.

“This investment will result in significant improvements and will ensure that this wonderful facility is made accessible to an even greater number of people,” Minister Naughton noted.

“There has been large growth in the recreational tourism sector, and an increasing number of visitors to Ireland are particularly interested in walking, cycling and exploring natural settings and activities” the Minister said.

The scheme, which finances the development and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as greenways and walking trails, also sees The Walks in Loughrea receive €200,000 to upgrade the present route, with an additional €200,000 allocated to develop the Creggs Mountain walk, an element of the Beara – Breifne & Suck Valley Way.

And the Killarainy Woods trail in Moycullen, is being allocated €103,950 to enhance the route.

“The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme contributes to the Governments objective of strengthening rural economies,” said Minister Naughton.

“The objective of the Scheme is to provide funding for the development of new outdoor recreational infrastructure and for the necessary repair, enhancement or promotion of existing outdoor recreation infrastructure in rural Ireland,” added the Minister.

 

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Galway medtech firm awarded €3.6m to develop revolutionary stroke treatment

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Ceroflo co-founder Dr. Paul Bhogal and CEO Chloe Brown.

A Galway medical device company is working with a consortium to help develop disruptive technology in the treatment of stroke – after it was awarded awarded €3.6m in funding.

Ceroflo is partnered on the project with manufacturing firm Advant Medical and the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre at Atlantic Technological University (ATU).

Cereflo secured the funding on foot of its development of a revolutionary new type of stent technology that promises to be vastly more effective than existing treatments to treat Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD), a leading cause of stroke.

Up to 50% of strokes are caused by a build-up of plaque in an artery in the brain known as Intra-Cranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD).

Pharmaceutical therapies aimed at reducing the stroke rate are currently deemed the most effective form of treatment for the condition but more than 20% of patients with significant ICAD still suffer recurring stroke within twelve months.

Technological solutions have so far proved sub-optimal, leaving this large population of patients with the ongoing risk of devastating strokes.

The Ceroflo SubMax Stent represents a game-changer in the treatment of ICAD as its shape and structure has been developed to suit the unique challenges of this disease.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway Science and Technology Festival’s breaks new record

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John (6) and Millie Caffrey (8) from Doughiska at the Medtronic operation stand at the Galway Science and Technology Festival’s annual exhibition.

More than 22,000 people attended last Sunday’s Galway Science and Technology Festival exhibition in the University of Galway – breaking all previous records.

Celebrating 25 years of STEM Education, the exhibition was the opening event for the two week annual Galway Science and Technology Festival, which is the largest event of its kind in Europe. It showcases Galway as the MedTech capital of Europe and a growing IT Hub, bringing science and technology to over 35,000 students in schools across Galway city and county. This year there will be over 200 STEM demonstrations, shows and workshops in 140 primary schools and 40 post-primary schools.

The exhibition was a hive of activity with 25 shows and hands-on workshops and over 80 demonstrations and interactive exhibitions created by sponsor companies and agencies, universities and schools. Families enjoyed 3D astronomy shows and learned how to extract DNA from a banana , saw parasites in VR, drove Valeos self-driving car using a mobile phone, visited the Teddy Bear hospital and the ever popular Doctor Bug introduced tarantulas, snakes and lizards to very excited children and much, much more. Medtronic’s Junior Hospital team engaged with families at their fantastic interactive series of stands in the Human Biology Building. Sue McGrath entertained with the Devastatingly Dramatic Climate Show and new to the Festival is Braintastic with their Non-Sense show exploring our senses.

The 2022 Galway Science & Technology Person of the Year Award was presented to Dr Enda O’Connell, Senior Technical Officer at University of Galway and Founding Director of ReelLIFE Science, a science video competition for schools and youth organisations in Ireland and N. Ireland, celebrating its tenth year, the competition encourages young people to engage with STEM, while developing their creativity and communication skills.

To mark the 25th year of the Festival, a special presentation was made to the Treacy Family in commemoration of the late Noel Treacy, Founding Patron of the Galway Science & Technology Festival.  Mr Treacy continued to be a strong advocate for the Festival over the 25 years and his presence was greatly missed this year.

Anne Murray, Festival Manager said: “We were delighted to be back on campus at the University of Galway to celebrate and learn about the world around us.  The attendance on the day reflected the value that families and the public place on this unique event and we were so glad to be able to honour the memory of the late Noel Treacy who always said it started with an idea”.

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