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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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Galway’s housing stock on the rise

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A total of 1,147 residential buildings were under construction in Galway as of June – according to the latest GeoView Residential Buildings Report.

Over half of the residential buildings under construction in Ireland in June 2021 were located in the Leinster region (58.4%), revealed the report which is published by GeoDirectory and EY Economic Advisory.

The Greater Dublin Area of Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow accounted for 35.6% of the total number of buildings under construction in the country. In contrast, the lowest levels of construction activity were recorded in Ulster (6.5%) and Connacht (10.6%).

In all, 1,182 new residential addresses in Galway were added to GeoDirectory’s nationwide database in the twelve months to June 2021.

At 30.8%, the highest proportion of the new residential address points were again located in Dublin, followed by Cork (10.8%), Kildare (9.7%) and Meath (5.7%).

In percentage terms, Leitrim (219.6%), Carlow (146.5%) and Roscommon (144%) registered the highest year-on-year growth in new address points, albeit from a previously low base.

The report also found that 9.5% of all residential stock in the state are apartments. In total, there were 194,898 apartment address points across the country in June 2021.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway towns included in home support pilot

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Confirmation...Minister Anne Rabbitte.

Tuam, Athenry and Loughrea will form one of a select number of areas for a nationwide pilot scheme to see how to improve home support services for families in need of carers.

Minister for Disabilities and Galway East Deputy Anne Rabbitte confirmed that the Galway towns were among nine across the country to form part of a national Home Support Pilot Programme, which will commence next month.

The pilot scheme will deliver an additional 230,000 hours of Home Support services over a six-month period, with the evaluation of the outputs to continue over a twelve-month period from its commencement.

Minister Rabbitte described this as a major boost for Tuam, Athenry and Loughrea.

“This will deliver in-home supports across the three towns, which are in the heart of East Galway and I know from working with families across the constituency that this will be a major boost,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway passengers are all smiles at Shannon!

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The smiles on the faces at Shannon Airport very much told its own story this week – with passengers taking to skies as the easing of restrictions and the first day of the European Digital COVID Certificates took effect.

And it wasn’t just the joy of travel starting to resume that lifted spirits at the airport but also the announcement by Ryanair of a new once-weekly service to Gran Canaria (Las Palmas) to commence on August 7 – the third new service announcement for Shannon Airport over recent weeks.

There was a real sense of excitement as passengers of all ages became very much at ease with the heightened public safety measures in a ‘back-to-the-future’ day for the West of Ireland gateway airport.

There were reunions as inbound flights arrived but also a palpable degree of anticipation as others got set to depart on the earliest flight out of the airport today, the 7:10am flight to Gatwick.

Among those boarding was Clarenbridge native Claire Tomlin and her husband Jake, together with their three children, including their twins who turn a year old next week.

“It’s been amazing to get back. The kids saw their grandparents for the first time and their cousins and aunties and uncles, so it was fantastic,” said Claire.

“Shannon is just so convenient for us because it’s only about 40 minutes’ drive. So, it just makes everything a lot easier in terms of getting to and from places with little ones. So, yeah, Shannon is a great resource for us. Really, really good. We hope to be able to go back more and more.”

It was smiles all around for Shannon Airport staff as they got back to doing what they do best. “Well, today is a great day because you can see the atmosphere around the place, people are at ease here and they’re glad to be back, they’re glad to get up in the sky again,” said Shannon Duty Free Sales Associate Helen Quinlivan.

“It’s great to see the excitement. People are really looking forward to going back and seeing their loved ones and they’re very at ease.”

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