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.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.