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Old mills set for new life as distillery

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An artist's impression of the new distillery.

An old corn mill in East Galway is set to be transformed into a €6 million whiskey and gin manufacturing distillery – once planning permission has been granted for the development.

And if approved, the distillery has the potential to create more than 15 new jobs directly in the village of Ahascragh, providing a huge economic boost to the area – and rescuing the old corn mill which ceased operation in the 1950s.

A planning application for the new brewery has just been submitted by Gareth and Michelle McAllister of McAllister Distillers in North Dublin, with a decision due before the end of the year.

Gareth McAllister told The Connacht Tribune that he intended to renovate the old building while retaining some of the old features such as a mill wheel, and utilise the stream that runs through the property.

The complex, as well as producing various styles of Irish whiskey and gin, will also include a visitor centre, rooms for hospitality events, a retail shop and cafe.

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NewDad enjoy fruit of their labour in debut EP

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NewDad....debut EP now released.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

It is difficult to transcend a local music scene at the best of times – but the absence of live gigs (and the momentum they generate) has made the industry even less accessible for young bands…which is what makes the continued rise of Galway band NewDad all the more impressive.

Having cultivated an original, current brand of dreampop over several years, the four-piece have intensified their progress in the last twelve months with a string of successful singles.

Now receiving airplay on BBC Radio 6 and drawing comparisons to Mazzy Star and The Cure, it looks as though free gigs and bedroom recordings are becoming a thing of the not so distant past.

A polished, coherent body of work is on the horizon. NewDad recently finished recording their debut EP in Belfast and it is tentatively set for release later this year.

The group is comprised of vocalist & rhythm guitarist Julie Dawson, bassist Áindle O’Beirn, lead guitarist Sean O’Dowd and drummer Fiachra Parslow. With a keen interest in the production side of their work, the four were heavily involved in the studio process.

“We were recording for three days but we were there for five really,” Sean recalls. “We had the demos very good. It was all multitracked and that so there are bits from the demos that are staying in the finished thing.”

“Yeah and we spent the last month basically rinsing through the set over and over,” Áindle adds.

“They all kind of give off a similar vibe I suppose but they’ve been written at different points. One of the tracks is actually the second song we ever wrote from years ago. We’ve always got loads of songs going so we’ve just taken five that we think go really well together…

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Houses selling faster as more working from home

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Estate agent Kevin Burke: increased demand for properties with a home office.

The average time taken to sell a house in Galway has fallen by three weeks in the past three months, a national property survey has found.

The REA Average House Price Survey found that the average time taken to sell across the county fell over the past three months from 11 weeks to eight in the city, and 13 weeks to 10 in the county.

As people move to incorporate new working from home lifestyles, the price of the average three-bed semi-detached house rose by 0.5% in the city to €285,000 this quarter and remained at €165,000 in the county.

“The market is strong with good demand for all properties. Activity levels have increased throughout the summer, and rural properties within commuting distance of Galway are in good demand,” said Kevin Burke of REA McGreal Burke, which has offices in Galway City and Loughrea.

“Even though the levels of supply remained static, demand has increased for all properties with a home office or home office possibility such as a large garage, garden or attic which is suitable for conversion.

“Properties on the edge of the city have also proved popular, and everyone seems to have taken time to assess their current position.”

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CitySwift announces 50 new jobs for city as part of its major expansion

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton at the CitySwift jobs announcement with Brian O'Rourke and Alan Farrelly of CitySwift.

A Galway company, which produces cutting-edge technology to optimize the public transport experience for operators and customers alike, this week announced 50 new jobs over the next two years.

CitySwift, the transport data company which works with global players such as Go Ahead and National Express to transform the operations and passenger experience of public transport, announced the jobs for over the next two years – with 15 roles to be filled immediately.

The announcement comes after CitySwift secured €2m in funding from existing investors Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission, ACT Venture Capital, Irelandia Investment, and Mike McGearty.

The new roles will be across software, data science, and commercial roles including customer success, sales, and marketing.

As part of the rapid growth, CitySwift will also be moving to a bigger headquarters in Galway city centre.

Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the jobs announcement.

“Growth of this scale for a local company, especially during these times, is remarkable,” she said.

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