What was Lydon House Bakery on Shop Street and became Lynch’s Café for the last 20 years, has made way for a new eatery run by a young city businesswoman.
Lynch’s closed its doors on May 2 and re-opened as 56 Central last week, under the ownership of Gill Carroll, who also owns the successful 37 West in Newcastle.
She has extensive experience in the hospitality sector. She ran a bar in Edinburgh for some time and later decided to bring her business savvy back to Galway.
“Lynch’s Cafe was a fantastic part of Galway life for so many and I had the pleasure of working there for over two years. I knew then I always wanted to return and put my stamp on this restaurant,” explained Ms Carroll.
“I worked there when I was 16, and I’m 35 now so that’s 20 years ago this summer. My father owns Zhivago, so in a way I’ve always been on Shop Street.”
Her other business 37 West is a part of wave of healthy food eateries in the city, and was listed on the McKenna guide recently.
She also sits on the board of the Galway City Business Association as well as the Galway Chamber of Commerce. She has been an ardent supporter of local charity initiatives too.
Ms Carroll is clearly vested in the local economy and its continued growth.
“37 West is open two years now and is firmly fixed on peoples’ radar, for bringing healthy and sexy food to the table and will continue to do so.”
Gill has attended boot camps, completed the ‘Tough Mudder’ obstacle race twice and ran her first half-marathon recently. All these successes have been fuelled by an energising Paleo diet.
“I knew I needed to be the healthiest version of myself and wanted to enjoy, eat, taste real foods that were filling and good for me. The healthy lifestyle has helped me to bring the best side of me to the table at 37 West and in business.
“56 Central is going to be a very different experience and will be about the heartfelt experience with food, people, art and culture and where better to do this than in the heart of Galway.
“There will be certain elements of 37 West in the 56 Central menu, we’ve worked hard on that and as they say, you don’t fix what’s not broken. We have a bigger space and a bigger kitchen so we can offer a bit more choice, with a few new dishes and a few new spins on them.
“It will be a space to reconnect. We’ve looked at the connection between people, food, art, nature and culture. [We’re bringing ] a simple and honest approach, sourcing local produce where possible, and even how we’re designing the building.”
Finbar 247, a local artist and Dan Gardner worked together with Gill to create a kitsch, casual, arty experience using a lot of recycled decor to give it a very different feel.
On top of the new venture, there was good news for staff employed under Lynch’s. All staff were retained and there will even be more job opportunities within the restaurant over the coming months.
Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway
Officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit seized more than €73,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and drugs after a car and residence were searched in Galway today.
As part of Operation Tara – which is targeting the sale and supply of drugs and related criminal activity in the Galway area – Gardaí searched a car in the Knocknacarra area. Cash and cannabis were seized.
A follow up search was carried out at a residence in Salthill, where cigarettes worth €70,000, along with €3,100 in cash and a small quantity of suspected amphetamine were recovered.
No arrests were made, but Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry.
Eyrecourt tune makes it to Hollywood in Jig time
A tune composed to celebrate the twinning of Eyrecourt in south-east Galway with Gouesnach in France is to feature in a new film.
Written by Niall Crehan, ‘The Eyrecourt Jig’ made quite a splash when it was released in 2013 and is still popular in music sessions up and down the country.
Niall had been commissioned to write the tune for the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the two villages, Eyrecourt and Gouesnach.
So, when he had a small part as a fiddler in a TV film called Royal Rendevouz, he started playing the jig.
The producers were so impressed, they added it to the movie soundtrack and it will appear in the credits.
Niall is a member of a celebrated traditional Irish musical dynasty hailing originally from County Clare.
He is the youngest son of whistle and concertina player Vincent Crehan and nephew of renowned fiddler Junior Crehan.
Niall and his brother Kieran ran the Dublin shop Crehan Musical instruments until his early retirement.
Now living in Kildare, Niall is a cousin of publican Mick Crehan, who runs the renowned folk pub in the west end of Galway, The Crane.
Niall and the large army of musicians in the extended family are regular guests.
His brother Dermot got music playing parts on films such as the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and he managed to get Niall onto the likes of Downton Abbey.
This latest TV project is the latest foray into the world of film, explains his son Brian.
The story centres on an American chef who is invited to an Irish manor to cook a feast in order to convince the matriarch not to sell the home.
It premieres on Sunday, February 26 at 9pm on the E! Network starring Isabella Gomez, Ruairi O’Connor and Ronan Raftery.
‘No show’ TDs criticised at County Galway policing committee meeting
A county councillor has launched a stinging criticism of Oireachtas members for their repeated failure to attend County Galway Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meetings.
At a meeting of the JPC on Monday, Cllr Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher (photographed) said he believed it was time the three TDs on the committee decided if they wanted to remain, or give their place up to someone who would make use of it.
“I am asking the Council to write out to our Oireachtas members and ask them do they want to be on this JPC or not, and if not, let someone else be on it,” blasted the Fine Gael councillor.
This followed repeated non-appearances from TDs representing the Oireachtas on the committee – the three representatives are Deputy Noel Grealish (Ind), Deputy Anne Rabbitte (FF) and Deputy Catherine Connolly (Ind).
Cllr Maher said the JPC, which sits around five times per year, was deliberately held on a Mondays to facilitate Oireachtas members who were in the Dáil later in the week. He said there were issues being raised regularly that required raising at a national level and it was incumbent on national representatives to bring those matters back to Dublin.
One such issue was the use of CCTV in the pursuit of illegal dumpers and travelling crime gangs, said Cllr Maher who is Cathaoirleach of the County Council.
“I would like our members of the Oireachtas to be taking the message back on CCTV,” he added, as representatives locally were getting no further as a result of data protection laws.
None of the three Oireachtas members were present for this week’s meeting. Chair of the JPC, Cllr Jim Cuddy, confirmed he had received an apology from Deputy Catherine Connolly.