Date Published: 10-May-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
Supermac’s boss Pat McDonagh is Galway’s richest man for the second year in a row, having amassed a wealth of more than €120 million.
The former teacher from Ballinasloe and his wife Úna are listed in 70th place in the new Sunday Times Irish Top 250 Rich List 2011.
Mr McDonagh owns the nationwide Supermac’s chain and last year opened his 100th outlet on the Tuam Road.
He also owns the franchises for Papa John’s Pizza and Quizno’s sandwich bars, as well as the US-based Claddagh Irish pub and restaurant chain.
His business interests also include filling stations and forestry development. Last year, they were listed in 68th place on the list – although this represented a significant jump from 135th place in 2009.
Galway natives Michael Cotter (69) and his wife Angela (61), who now live in Dublin, are listed in 84th place (down from 71 last year), with a wealth of €120m. Together, they run Park Developments, a major residential and commercial development company in Dublin.
The Smyth family – who are originally from Claremorris, but are firmly established in Galway since the early 1990s – have jumped up the list to 89th place from 103 last year, thanks to their booming Smyths Toys and Software Zone business. Their wealth is listed as €84m.
The Smyth brothers – Anthony (54), Pádraig (53), Thomas (52) and Liam (48) – have almost 50 toy shops around Ireland and the UK. They also and also own McSwiggans bar and restaurant on Eyre Street, and have property investments.
75 year-old Thomas McDonogh Snr, the figurehead of the builders’ providers and fertiliser sales company, as well as property developments, is at No. 117 (down from 112 last year), with a wealth of €78m. He now holds a minority stake in the company, while his 43 year-old son Tom has a controlling interest through another vehicle.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.