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Galway’s top entrepreneurs make shortlist

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Galway natives Dáithí O’Connor from Revive Active, Evelyn O’Toole from CLS and Jim Burke from GoBus.ie have been named as finalists in the 2017 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme.

Three Galway business visionaries have been shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards.

Galway natives Daithi O’Connor, Evelyn O’Toole and Jim Burke join a shortlist of 24 that between them employ over 5,000 people and have revenues of €475 million combined

The nominated finalists, who have been selected in the three categories of Emerging, Industry and International following a rigorous and independent judging process, have a combined workforce of over 5,000 people and turnover of more than €475 million.

Evelyn O’Toole is the founder and CEO of Complete Laboratory Solutions and is a native of Clifden. CLS are based on the Tuam Road in Galway city.

“I am delighted to have been shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award and will relish the opportunity to work with EY over the next ten months,” she said.

“The theme this year is ‘Leading through Change’, which is ideal for me. I embrace change and see it as a piece necessary to protect sustainability. Right now this theme is perfectly timed in light of BREXIT and US leadership changes in particular, examining relationships, strategies, readiness and opportunities.

“I am particularly excited to meet and work with the other 23 finalists – many iconic brands and great leaders. I am also very proud to see the West of Ireland being well represented,” she added.

Revive Active was founded by Dáithi O’Connor with Liam Salmon in 2011, and from humble beginnings, they backed their vision with everything they had and built a successful business with strong foundations.

The team has grown and now includes doctors, scientists, production specialists and expert nutritionists, all dedicated to making innovative health food supplements that really work.

And Jim Burke, backed by a 30 year career in the transport industry, founded GoBus.ie in 2009 to provide the first non-stop motorway coach service in the country. The family-run business announced a significant expansion of their fleet in the last few weeks.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Gardaí investigate fatal Carraroe crash

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A man in his 30s has died following a road crash in Carraroe in the early hours of this morning.

At 3.50am, Gardaí and emergency services attended at a single car collision on a minor road.

The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. A passenger in the car, a male in his 30s, was taken by ambulance to Galway University Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The road is currently closed and local diversions are in place. Garda forensic collision investigators will examine the crash site this morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Salthill Garda Station (091) 514 720 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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Wake-up call as United are pummelled by lively Athlone

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Galway United substitute Wilson Waweru who scored a consolation goal in their 3-1 First Division defeat to Athlone Town on Friday night.

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IT turned out to be a Bad Friday for Galway United in Athlone as they were outthought, outfought and outplayed by a home side that deserved a far greater reward than a two-goal victory.

All the damage was done in the first-half, with the home side scoring three goals without reply in a 14-minute spell that left the visitors visibly shell-shocked and in danger of shipping an absolute hammering.

United manager, John Caufield, described the first-half as the worst United display since he took charge at the club midway through last season, but it was worse than that: this was 2011 Sean Connor bad (one win in 40 matches), it was 2001 Dave Connell bad (one win in 13).

Both of those seasons ended in United dropping to the First Division, and the First Division is where they will find themselves against next season unless there is an immediate improvement in performance and attitude, starting with this Friday’s trip to Stradbrook to take on Cabinteely.

The post-mortem examination on last Friday should not solely focus on United’s wretchedness: Athlone Town were hugely impressive in recording a first win over United since May 2006, though it should be noted the sides have met just 13 times since the Town dumped United out of the FAI Cup thanks to a 2-1 win in May 2006, a game that saw the end of Stephen Lally’s reign as United manager.

“Galway playing with three at the back, you know, they’re almost three centre-backs really rather than full-backs and we just knew that would be an opportunity for our players to get at them and take them on and I thought James Doona and Adam Wixted did that very well tonight,” Athlone manager Adrian Carberry told the website www.extratime.ie after the game.

In truth, that was something of an understatement – Wixted and Doona ravished the United back-three in the opening 45 minutes, with all three of the home side’s goals coming from out wide.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway couple take life in the fast lane after losing jobs to pandemic

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The Luv2Swim set-up in Carrowbrowne.

A Galway couple who both lost their jobs because of the pandemic are back on the crest of a wave – after opening a swimming pool that allows them to teach and coach swimmers, right beside their family home.

Fitness-loving husband and wife John and Shelly Newell have always had a passion for swimming – but it took the devastation of losing their jobs during Covid to spark the idea of turning it into a highly-specialised business they called Luv2Swim.

They had an idea to build an endless swimming pool and start swimming lessons and swim video analysis in their own private facility, three miles outside Galway city in Carrowbrowne.

And while Level 5 Lockdown has forced them to close for now, their single lane pool will be back, providing a unique facility for adults and children in a safe, fun, and friendly environment.

“Both of us had lost our jobs due to the pandemic and while out walking with our girls, I threw the idea out to John and it took legs from there. It was the beginning of a family business venture,” Shelly said.

But this was more than just a light bulb moment during lockdown; John and Shelly were aware of a recurring problem they had heard many times over the years – people’s anxiety about coming into an overcrowded, noisy, large pool environment.

“Luv2Swim would be Galway’s only private swimming studio providing one-to-one swim lessons and video analysis for adults and children. Swimming is such a vital lifesaving skill and it’s a skill you will have for your whole life,” said John.

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