Galway Bay fm newsroom – The wealthiest people across Galway have been revealed in the Sunday Times Rich List for 2018.
Glenamaddy brothers Luke and Brian Comer top the list once again, with a combined wealth estimated at almost one billion euro.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List for 2018, Luke and Brian Comer now command a combined fortune of 909 million euro – a marginal increase of 3 million on last year.
Next is Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley, who boasts a fortune worth an estimated 455 million euro – down 16 million this year.
The owners of Galway-based Smyths Toys – Anthony, Patrick, Thomas and Liam Smyth – are worth 207 million euro.
Galway-based engineering and property entrepreneur Padraic McHale, his wife Martina and his brother Martin control a combined wealth of 182 million.
While Galway man James Murphy, who sold his hair restoration product Viviscal last year for €150 million, is now worth an estimated 165 million euro.
Supermacs boss Pat McDonagh and his wife Una hold a combined wealth of 157 million euro – however, that’s a drop of almost 40 million since last year.
They’re followed by Software engineer and Galway businessman Pearse Mee, who commands a fortune worth 138 million.
Next is care home Developer and Galway native Bill Hughes, who commands a personal fortune of 133 million euro.
Galway native and construction giant Frank Burke, who established property developer Farmglade in the late 90s, is now worth an estimated 131 million euro.
While Galway engineer Michael Cotter and his wife Angela, who own Gansu Group, are worth a combined total of 93 million.
Next are Thomas and Tom McDonogh, of Thomas McDonagh & Sons providers, who share an estimated wealth of 86 million.
While Robert and Michael Ward, who own a majority share in Kilcolgan based Ward & Burke Construction, are worth 79 million.
Ian Quinn – who founded Galway-based medical device firm Creganna with his wife and brother – shares in a joint fortune of 75 millon.
Following is Galway geologist Finian O’ Sullivan – who sold Burren Energy in 2007 – and is now worth 68 million.
Brothers Eugene, Eamonn and Michael Dalton – who own Galway-based Corrib Oil – share an estimated wealth of 53 million.
While Galway native and property developer Joe Higgins, who made almost 40 million euro in the 90s from the sale of his computer cabinet firm, is now worth 52 million euro.
Plans for 60 apartments at West City Retail Park
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for an apartment block at West City Centre Office & Retail Park in Westside.
The project would involve the demolition of the existing first floor office level, to make way for 60 new apartments.
The development would be primarily made up of two-bed and single-bed units spread across first, second and third floor level.
At present, Aldi is the anchor tenant of the retail park at ground floor level.
City planners are due to make a decision in January.
Two Galway teaching graduates receive top awards
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway teaching graduates have achieved ‘top of their class’ status at the annual Hibernia College conferring ceremony.
Along with that honour, Spiddal’s Aonghus Ó hEochaidh also received a placement performance award by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.
While Mary Corless, a teacher in Scoil Bhride in Tuam, was awarded for receiving the highest grade in the research module.
Both teaching graduates were awarded during their conferring at Dublin’s Convention Centre.
Call for county council to have 24/7 contract to service traffic lights
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway County Council to have a 24/7 contract to service traffic lights.
Local Councillor Jim Cuddy is making the call after lights at Carnmore Cross were out of order from Friday last to Monday afternoon.
The Athenry/Oranmore councillor claims the temporary flashing lights put in place were “totally inadequate” in terms of road safety.
Councillor Cuddy says having no access to service on weekends is not good enough.