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Western Motors Group marks two big milestones

By Gerry Murphy

Western Motors Group is kicking off a double celebration this year, with 2024 marking the company’s 60th year in business, while it also marks the 40th year of the partnership between Western Motors and Volkswagen.

Celebrations kicked off on Friday last with a special broadcast of Damian Farrelly’s afternoon Classic Hits show from the Volkswagen Galway showroom in Ballybrit. The event brought together guests from the Volkswagen Group, colleagues past and present, friends, family, and suppliers.

A highlight of the celebration was a poignant video and speeches that traced the history of the McCormack family business. Founded by Jim McCormack in 1964, the business then flourished under the guidance of Anne McCormack, and continues to thrive today as a multi-location and multi-brand dealer under the management of the McCormack brothers, James and Simon.

As this year is also the 50th birthday of the iconic Volkswagen Golf, the celebration featured a fantastic lineup showcasing the evolution of the Golf model, eight generations in 50 years, with more than 37 million vehicles sold.

Last years’s Irish Car of the Year, the ID. Buzz was also a big feature on the day, breathing new life into Volkswagen’s iconic Camper Van and offering a glimpse into the future of driving, sustainable, connected and fully electric.

James and Simon, along with the entire Western Motors Group and Volkswagen Galway family expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the passion, dedication, and the unwavering support of the incredible team at Western Motors.

They thanked the team for their hard work and commitment, and expressed a special thank you to all their customers throughout the years for choosing Western Motors.

Pictured at the Western Motors HQ in Ballybrit are Simon McCormack, Kim Kilduff VW Commercials, Adam Hughes VW Commercials, Warren Reidy VW Commercials, MarieLouise Murray VW, Paul Hunt VW Commercials, and James McCormack.

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