1. Quality Home in Sought After Location
  2. Another Large Turn-out at Connacht Property Auction
  3. Spacious County Homes
  4. Quality Home in Sought After Location
  5. O’Donnellan & Joyce property Auction
  6. Auction Specialist IAM-SOLD Launch New Auction
  7. €5m Property Sales at O’Donnellan and Joyce Auction
  8. Connacht Property Auction Now Taking Entries
  9. Beautiful Family Home
  10. Connacht Property Auction – 40% Increase in Foreign Buyers
  11. Special Ford Focus RS Celebrates Forza Video Game
  12. Aviva To Stop Insuring Older Cars
  13. Audi Claims New S8 is the Most Powerful Premium Saloon
  14. Mazda Announces 35% Sales Growth
  15. Lan Madigan Announced as DS Brand Ambassador
  16. Landmark Dutch Ruling Finds Government Not Taking Emissions Seriously Enough
  17. Toyota Launches Hybrid Service Package
  18. Volvo Swamped with Orders For Top-Spec XC90
  19. Mercedes Help Out at Jack & Jill Foundation
  20. New Astra is No Drag
  21. Healthy Weight, Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby
  22. Nutrition Fact and Fiction
  23. A Sick Date
  24. Look Into My Eyes
  25. Kai’s Jess Murphy becomes ‘resident chef’ for Meadows and Byrne
  26. Dungarees – The Comeback King
  27. Making The Cut To Help Children With Cancer
  28. New Online Rehabilitation Programme For Chronic Pain Sufferers
  29. Relationship Upskilling
  30. Working Towards a Target
  31. Seeing Stars
  32. Trad Legend Séamus Begley Returns
  33. Free Concert of Choral Music
  34. Music for Galway Launches 35th Season
  35. Experience The Cure
  36. Picks Of The Week, 15 July 2015
  37. Get Set for Rocktoberfest
  38. ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ at Baboró Children’s Arts Festival
  39. Live Forever create Oasis at Monroe’s Live
  40. Clayton Hotel crowned Friendliest Business
  41. Tax and the Entrepreneur
  42. Oceans of potential
  43. Landmark Year Ahead for Macnas
  44. Fantasy football economics
  45. Residency
  46. Dwelling House Exemption
  47. Channelling Success
  48. Living on a student budget?
  49. Pewhairangi joins long-term casualties
  50. Close but no cigar for luckless Galway
  51. Sports Matters
  52. Lynskey’s troops deserve the top prize
  53. Tribesmen Silence Cats
  54. Camogie fundraiser
  55. GUST Table Quiz
  56. Sice on the mark to rescue Corofin
  57. Square ball
  58. Bettor Not Lose
  59. Homeless and housing crisis ‘out of control’ – Galway Simon
  60. Urgent Appeal To Help Children’s Cancer Charity
  61. Sheridan to run for Greens in Galway
  62. Tributes paid to Baboro General Manager
  63. Comedy Carnival set for new home in city centre
  64. ‘Extreme speeding’ on National Slow Down Day
  65. Galway disappoints in litter survey
  66. ‘Invisible No More’ industrial action
  67. Galway runner on 3,000 mile journey across America
  68. 30 new jobs for Galway
  69. All Ireland Hurling Finals to be screened live in Eyre Square
  70. Galway TD set to retire
  71. Niall O Tuathail to run as Social Democrat
  72. ‘I remember with gratitude my donor’
  73. College interviews
  74. Cautious optimism for construction industry
  75. Explore NUI Galway’s first undergraduate science fair
  76. ‘Performance points’ for elite athletes
  77. Post Grad Options
  78. Galway students conferred with PhDs
  79. ‘A Celebration of David Norris’ at NUI Galway
  80. Free Architecture Event
  81. Learning from The Mocks
  82. New Term of Acting Classes
  83. Distance learning
  84. Des Bishop visits Menlo School
  85. Final entries for Connacht Property Auction
  86. Spacious Central Two-Bed Apartment
  87. Three-bed terrace in excellent location
  88. City Centre Penthouse-Style Property
  89. Historic castle for sale for €6.5m
  90. Detached residence in Corrandulla
  91. Auction prices from €29,950 to €439,950
  92. Over 20 properties for auction
  93. Strong interest in bumper auction
  94. Hyundai finding its rallying feet
  95. The automotive digital future is already here
  96. Low-slung new Merc GLA signals new army of 4x4s from Stuttgart
  97. Swede – now with more butter
  98. A good deal for Qash
  99. New Peugeot petrol engine sets economy record
  100. The man who fell to earth jumps into an Audi
  101. Ferrari to create theme park in Spain
  102. Renault’s Twizy hits the big screen
  103. One fifth of us still not wearing seatbelts
  104. Skoda-sponsored Tour Of Connemara gets vintage look
  105. Opel’s new Vivaro will pack them in
  106. Kinvara ‘Gig Room’ launches
  107. Great Danes
  108. Transatlantic soul
  109. Four play
  110. Against all odds
  111. Foiled again
  112. It’s the little things
  113. Falling down
  114. Sax in the City
  115. Beats and Boxes
  116. Courtroom Drama
  117. Picks of the Week
  118. CIPD to host public talk
  119. Baron’s To Host Anniversary BAH
  120. Galway garage named ‘Bodyshop of the Year’
  121. Mayor accepts ‘Micro City’ award
  122. Gradam gearrliosta unveiled
  123. Picking Winners
  124. Print Media– Business Card
  125. A bit on the side
  126. Selling Galway
  127. Radisson Blu among country’s green hotels
  128. Masters of Running workshop in Galway
  129. Keller rescues Garbally and seals replay
  130. U-21s crash out
  131. Galway FC chase first win in Ballybofey
  132. Galway WFC Suffer Narrow Defeat to League Leaders
  133. Camogie Campaign Back on Track After Banner Win
  134. St Mary’s denied All-Ireland hurling title
  135. Top six now the target for Connacht
  136. No such thing as a sure bet
  137. U-21s Stunned by Leitrim
  138. Meehan refusing to rule out comeback
  139. Brett Wilkinson forced to retire
  140. Supreme Court Judge for NUIG address
  141. No ‘fair deal’ for elderly farmers – Mullen
  142. Measles outbreak in NUI Galway
  143. Wishing on the M17
  144. Ports in a Storm
  145. Galway Gets Ready for National Spring Clean
  146. Rescheduled walk for Shaidhbh
  147. Galway Designers Hope to Wow at Awards
  148. Café for former BoI building
  149. Govt procrastination ‘putting farms at risk’ – Ó Cuiv
  150. Revamp planned for Library Bar
  151. Economic Lessons From a Club Sandwich
  152. Omens Positive for 2015
  153. An Ageing Bull?
  154. The Economic Benefits of our Irish Weather
  155. Citizens or Taxpayers
  156. Market Forces
  157. How the ECB is Q(uickly) E(roding) The Euro’s Value
  158. It’s a Woman’s Life
  159. Fear and Opportunity
  160. The Surprising Economics of Easter Eggs
  161. The Most Hated Tax of All, The USC
  162. Time To Reward Our Job Creators
  163. Money Matters
  164. An Economic Perspective on The Marriage Referendum
  165. Let’s Get Cultural
  166. Market Entry Advice for Irish Businesses
  167. Flybe launch new services from Ireland West Airport
  168. Chamber presents Business Awards
  169. A Starry Start in Business
  170. Clayton Christmas Market in aid of Console
  171. CIPD West Annual Gala Evening 2015
  172. A Christmas Bash at Monroe
  173. Rising stars The Geddes at Monroe
  174. Tommy Fleming stars in hit new musical drama
  175. Cabaret by the Bay for The Abbey
  176. Fr Ted star in the Clubh
  177. Paintclub Returns
  178. Oliver Callan at Town Hall Theatre
  179. Work on 1916 memorial to begin next year
  180. Console Celebration of Light
  181. Galway girl represents Ireland in Junior Eurovision
  182. Election field shifts as Walsh exits race
  183. Odds on New Galway Hurling Manager
  184. Anthony Cunningham’s Statement
  185. Galway 2020 bid ‘brought to life by passion of Galwegians’
  186. Way To Grow
  187. Gilmartin Road Tuam set for ‘mini-regeneration’
  188. Galway Christmas Market opens today
  189. Andrew Drysdale appointed Radisson Blu GM
  190. Free Seminar will demystify budgeting for SME
  191. Deadline nears for 2015 SCCUL Student Enterprise Award
  192. Love, Lies and Opera Love, lies and opera
  193. Alban Berg
  194. Born To Perform
  195. Tenants at Risk of Homelessness
  196. Rugby Star To Open Galway Christmas Market
  197. The Search Begins
  198. Galway Entrepreneurs Share Success Stories
  199. Supporting entrepreneurs
  200. Pensions – Icebergs ahead!
  201. Your Passport to Social Media Success
  202. Enterprise Board to Host Craft and Design Workshops
  203. Full-day Blogging Workshop
  204. Keeping it in the Community
  205. Corporation Tax Relief
  206. The Need for Women at the Top
  207. 15 Jobs To be Created By Fried Chicken Restaurant
  208. Ahead of the Curve
  209. Galway Entrepreneurs Return From US Trade Mission
  210. Into the West
  211. Lights, Camera…Fleadh Action!
  212. Galway Firms Urged To Avail of JobsPlus Scheme
  213. QuickPark Welcome Home Victorious Boxer Kristina O’Hara
  214. Cunningham Not Happy with Sluggish Tribe
  215. Conroy Calls For Major Improvement
  216. Grassroots Football
  217. BSM National Youth Championship Triathlon in Loughrea
  218. Square Ball
  219. Devon fall in Galway derby
  220. Sport Matters
  221. Heatwave to continue into weekend
  222. Abortion Debate Continues
  223. Sports Stars and Politicos Take on Tennis Challenge
  224. Apartments Planned at Former Hotel
  225. First Timer’s Lotto Win
  226. 16 Properties Go Under The Hammer
  227. 4 Bed Period House for Sale
  228. Change of Mind
  229. Broken promise the ultimate political betrayal
  230. ‘There are few things better than the feeling of making people laugh’
  231. ‘I am glad I took the gamble to come out here.’
  232. Depression is Not Something To Be Embarrassed or Ashamed Over
  233. Connacht Team Named Ahead of Clash With Edinburgh
  234. Sinn Féin “A Force To Be Reckoned With”
  235. New Coastal Search Unit
  236. Opel goes back to the 70s for Monza concept
  237. VW’s swift delivery good news for commercial sector
  238. All Verso, No Vices
  239. Dealing with Traffic
  240. Reverse Special Needs Cuts Now
  241. Be yourself and you’ll feel at home anywhere
  242. Knocknacarra Community Centre Saga
  243. Wish You Were Here
  244. Doctor, Heal Thyself!
  245. Abortion Not Necessary To Save a Woman’s Life
  246. Praise For Competent Health Service
  247. Modern Luxury Home at Oran Island
  248. Superb Property in Outstanding Setting
  249. Family home in sought after location
  250. Large House in Sought After Area
  251. ‘Out of this world’ city home
  252. Connemara Properties for Auction
  253. Ideal Business Property
  254. Central Townhouse For Sale
  255. Family Home Close to Silver Strand
  256. Opel Reveals Insignia SUV
  257. Peugeot Smashes Pikes Peak record
  258. No Nonsense brings F1-Style Tech To Boost Your Driving Skills
  259. New King Seizes Power with Coupé
  260. SEAT Leon Crowned 2013 UK Car of the Year
  261. Ireland’s First Chinese Car Brand Wraps Up Finance Deal
  262. RSA and Gardai Appeal For More Bike-Safe Awareness
  263. TV Star Lights Up With New Leon
  264. July Sales Boom
  265. Ride on
  266. Fringe @ Factory
  267. Dance spectacular
  268. This Is The End
  269. Life of Brian
  270. When Worlds Collide
  271. Lunchtime trad
  272. Keeping it in the community
  273. Corporation Tax Relief
  274. Diabetes screening roll-out at Boots
  275. Galway firms urged to avail of JobsPlus scheme
  276. Your name – Your Image
  277. Nudging people towards organ donation
  278. Engineers key to med tech export sector – O’Dea
  279. Claregalway Hotel purchased out of receivership
  280. Style Watch
  281. Shine bright
  282. Rising Stars
  283. Into the blue
  284. A View from the inside
  285. Re-inventing the West
  286. Joe Kennedy appointed chairman to board of Ireland West Airport Knock
  287. Search for Ireland’s High-Growth Tech Companies Begins
  288. Gottsche and Geraghty Hoping to be Fit for Exiles
  289. Connacht Glory for Galway Girls
  290. ‘Even Money’ Pre-Race Fundraiser
  291. Call For Focus On Water Safety
  292. Need For ‘Immediate’ Mortgage Aid
  293. Barna Waste Jobs Secured
  294. Consumers Caught Out by Online Booking – Higgins
Mon, Dec 17, 2018
  1. Quality Home in Sought After Location
  2. Another Large Turn-out at Connacht Property Auction
  3. Spacious County Homes
  4. Quality Home in Sought After Location
  5. O’Donnellan & Joyce property Auction
  6. Auction Specialist IAM-SOLD Launch New Auction
  7. €5m Property Sales at O’Donnellan and Joyce Auction
  8. Connacht Property Auction Now Taking Entries
  9. Beautiful Family Home
  10. Connacht Property Auction – 40% Increase in Foreign Buyers
  11. Special Ford Focus RS Celebrates Forza Video Game
  12. Aviva To Stop Insuring Older Cars
  13. Audi Claims New S8 is the Most Powerful Premium Saloon
  14. Mazda Announces 35% Sales Growth
  15. Lan Madigan Announced as DS Brand Ambassador
  16. Landmark Dutch Ruling Finds Government Not Taking Emissions Seriously Enough
  17. Toyota Launches Hybrid Service Package
  18. Volvo Swamped with Orders For Top-Spec XC90
  19. Mercedes Help Out at Jack & Jill Foundation
  20. New Astra is No Drag
  21. Healthy Weight, Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby
  22. Nutrition Fact and Fiction
  23. A Sick Date
  24. Look Into My Eyes
  25. Kai’s Jess Murphy becomes ‘resident chef’ for Meadows and Byrne
  26. Dungarees – The Comeback King
  27. Making The Cut To Help Children With Cancer
  28. New Online Rehabilitation Programme For Chronic Pain Sufferers
  29. Relationship Upskilling
  30. Working Towards a Target
  31. Seeing Stars
  32. Trad Legend Séamus Begley Returns
  33. Free Concert of Choral Music
  34. Music for Galway Launches 35th Season
  35. Experience The Cure
  36. Picks Of The Week, 15 July 2015
  37. Get Set for Rocktoberfest
  38. ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ at Baboró Children’s Arts Festival
  39. Live Forever create Oasis at Monroe’s Live
  40. Clayton Hotel crowned Friendliest Business
  41. Tax and the Entrepreneur
  42. Oceans of potential
  43. Landmark Year Ahead for Macnas
  44. Fantasy football economics
  45. Residency
  46. Dwelling House Exemption
  47. Channelling Success
  48. Living on a student budget?
  49. Pewhairangi joins long-term casualties
  50. Close but no cigar for luckless Galway
  51. Sports Matters
  52. Lynskey’s troops deserve the top prize
  53. Tribesmen Silence Cats
  54. Camogie fundraiser
  55. GUST Table Quiz
  56. Sice on the mark to rescue Corofin
  57. Square ball
  58. Bettor Not Lose
  59. Homeless and housing crisis ‘out of control’ – Galway Simon
  60. Urgent Appeal To Help Children’s Cancer Charity
  61. Sheridan to run for Greens in Galway
  62. Tributes paid to Baboro General Manager
  63. Comedy Carnival set for new home in city centre
  64. ‘Extreme speeding’ on National Slow Down Day
  65. Galway disappoints in litter survey
  66. ‘Invisible No More’ industrial action
  67. Galway runner on 3,000 mile journey across America
  68. 30 new jobs for Galway
  69. All Ireland Hurling Finals to be screened live in Eyre Square
  70. Galway TD set to retire
  71. Niall O Tuathail to run as Social Democrat
  72. ‘I remember with gratitude my donor’
  73. College interviews
  74. Cautious optimism for construction industry
  75. Explore NUI Galway’s first undergraduate science fair
  76. ‘Performance points’ for elite athletes
  77. Post Grad Options
  78. Galway students conferred with PhDs
  79. ‘A Celebration of David Norris’ at NUI Galway
  80. Free Architecture Event
  81. Learning from The Mocks
  82. New Term of Acting Classes
  83. Distance learning
  84. Des Bishop visits Menlo School
  85. Final entries for Connacht Property Auction
  86. Spacious Central Two-Bed Apartment
  87. Three-bed terrace in excellent location
  88. City Centre Penthouse-Style Property
  89. Historic castle for sale for €6.5m
  90. Detached residence in Corrandulla
  91. Auction prices from €29,950 to €439,950
  92. Over 20 properties for auction
  93. Strong interest in bumper auction
  94. Hyundai finding its rallying feet
  95. The automotive digital future is already here
  96. Low-slung new Merc GLA signals new army of 4x4s from Stuttgart
  97. Swede – now with more butter
  98. A good deal for Qash
  99. New Peugeot petrol engine sets economy record
  100. The man who fell to earth jumps into an Audi
  101. Ferrari to create theme park in Spain
  102. Renault’s Twizy hits the big screen
  103. One fifth of us still not wearing seatbelts
  104. Skoda-sponsored Tour Of Connemara gets vintage look
  105. Opel’s new Vivaro will pack them in
  106. Kinvara ‘Gig Room’ launches
  107. Great Danes
  108. Transatlantic soul
  109. Four play
  110. Against all odds
  111. Foiled again
  112. It’s the little things
  113. Falling down
  114. Sax in the City
  115. Beats and Boxes
  116. Courtroom Drama
  117. Picks of the Week
  118. CIPD to host public talk
  119. Baron’s To Host Anniversary BAH
  120. Galway garage named ‘Bodyshop of the Year’
  121. Mayor accepts ‘Micro City’ award
  122. Gradam gearrliosta unveiled
  123. Picking Winners
  124. Print Media– Business Card
  125. A bit on the side
  126. Selling Galway
  127. Radisson Blu among country’s green hotels
  128. Masters of Running workshop in Galway
  129. Keller rescues Garbally and seals replay
  130. U-21s crash out
  131. Galway FC chase first win in Ballybofey
  132. Galway WFC Suffer Narrow Defeat to League Leaders
  133. Camogie Campaign Back on Track After Banner Win
  134. St Mary’s denied All-Ireland hurling title
  135. Top six now the target for Connacht
  136. No such thing as a sure bet
  137. U-21s Stunned by Leitrim
  138. Meehan refusing to rule out comeback
  139. Brett Wilkinson forced to retire
  140. Supreme Court Judge for NUIG address
  141. No ‘fair deal’ for elderly farmers – Mullen
  142. Measles outbreak in NUI Galway
  143. Wishing on the M17
  144. Ports in a Storm
  145. Galway Gets Ready for National Spring Clean
  146. Rescheduled walk for Shaidhbh
  147. Galway Designers Hope to Wow at Awards
  148. Café for former BoI building
  149. Govt procrastination ‘putting farms at risk’ – Ó Cuiv
  150. Revamp planned for Library Bar
  151. Economic Lessons From a Club Sandwich
  152. Omens Positive for 2015
  153. An Ageing Bull?
  154. The Economic Benefits of our Irish Weather
  155. Citizens or Taxpayers
  156. Market Forces
  157. How the ECB is Q(uickly) E(roding) The Euro’s Value
  158. It’s a Woman’s Life
  159. Fear and Opportunity
  160. The Surprising Economics of Easter Eggs
  161. The Most Hated Tax of All, The USC
  162. Time To Reward Our Job Creators
  163. Money Matters
  164. An Economic Perspective on The Marriage Referendum
  165. Let’s Get Cultural
  166. Market Entry Advice for Irish Businesses
  167. Flybe launch new services from Ireland West Airport
  168. Chamber presents Business Awards
  169. A Starry Start in Business
  170. Clayton Christmas Market in aid of Console
  171. CIPD West Annual Gala Evening 2015
  172. A Christmas Bash at Monroe
  173. Rising stars The Geddes at Monroe
  174. Tommy Fleming stars in hit new musical drama
  175. Cabaret by the Bay for The Abbey
  176. Fr Ted star in the Clubh
  177. Paintclub Returns
  178. Oliver Callan at Town Hall Theatre
  179. Work on 1916 memorial to begin next year
  180. Console Celebration of Light
  181. Galway girl represents Ireland in Junior Eurovision
  182. Election field shifts as Walsh exits race
  183. Odds on New Galway Hurling Manager
  184. Anthony Cunningham’s Statement
  185. Galway 2020 bid ‘brought to life by passion of Galwegians’
  186. Way To Grow
  187. Gilmartin Road Tuam set for ‘mini-regeneration’
  188. Galway Christmas Market opens today
  189. Andrew Drysdale appointed Radisson Blu GM
  190. Free Seminar will demystify budgeting for SME
  191. Deadline nears for 2015 SCCUL Student Enterprise Award
  192. Love, Lies and Opera Love, lies and opera
  193. Alban Berg
  194. Born To Perform
  195. Tenants at Risk of Homelessness
  196. Rugby Star To Open Galway Christmas Market
  197. The Search Begins
  198. Galway Entrepreneurs Share Success Stories
  199. Supporting entrepreneurs
  200. Pensions – Icebergs ahead!
  201. Your Passport to Social Media Success
  202. Enterprise Board to Host Craft and Design Workshops
  203. Full-day Blogging Workshop
  204. Keeping it in the Community
  205. Corporation Tax Relief
  206. The Need for Women at the Top
  207. 15 Jobs To be Created By Fried Chicken Restaurant
  208. Ahead of the Curve
  209. Galway Entrepreneurs Return From US Trade Mission
  210. Into the West
  211. Lights, Camera…Fleadh Action!
  212. Galway Firms Urged To Avail of JobsPlus Scheme
  213. QuickPark Welcome Home Victorious Boxer Kristina O’Hara
  214. Cunningham Not Happy with Sluggish Tribe
  215. Conroy Calls For Major Improvement
  216. Grassroots Football
  217. BSM National Youth Championship Triathlon in Loughrea
  218. Square Ball
  219. Devon fall in Galway derby
  220. Sport Matters
  221. Heatwave to continue into weekend
  222. Abortion Debate Continues
  223. Sports Stars and Politicos Take on Tennis Challenge
  224. Apartments Planned at Former Hotel
  225. First Timer’s Lotto Win
  226. 16 Properties Go Under The Hammer
  227. 4 Bed Period House for Sale
  228. Change of Mind
  229. Broken promise the ultimate political betrayal
  230. ‘There are few things better than the feeling of making people laugh’
  231. ‘I am glad I took the gamble to come out here.’
  232. Depression is Not Something To Be Embarrassed or Ashamed Over
  233. Connacht Team Named Ahead of Clash With Edinburgh
  234. Sinn Féin “A Force To Be Reckoned With”
  235. New Coastal Search Unit
  236. Opel goes back to the 70s for Monza concept
  237. VW’s swift delivery good news for commercial sector
  238. All Verso, No Vices
  239. Dealing with Traffic
  240. Reverse Special Needs Cuts Now
  241. Be yourself and you’ll feel at home anywhere
  242. Knocknacarra Community Centre Saga
  243. Wish You Were Here
  244. Doctor, Heal Thyself!
  245. Abortion Not Necessary To Save a Woman’s Life
  246. Praise For Competent Health Service
  247. Modern Luxury Home at Oran Island
  248. Superb Property in Outstanding Setting
  249. Family home in sought after location
  250. Large House in Sought After Area
  251. ‘Out of this world’ city home
  252. Connemara Properties for Auction
  253. Ideal Business Property
  254. Central Townhouse For Sale
  255. Family Home Close to Silver Strand
  256. Opel Reveals Insignia SUV
  257. Peugeot Smashes Pikes Peak record
  258. No Nonsense brings F1-Style Tech To Boost Your Driving Skills
  259. New King Seizes Power with Coupé
  260. SEAT Leon Crowned 2013 UK Car of the Year
  261. Ireland’s First Chinese Car Brand Wraps Up Finance Deal
  262. RSA and Gardai Appeal For More Bike-Safe Awareness
  263. TV Star Lights Up With New Leon
  264. July Sales Boom
  265. Ride on
  266. Fringe @ Factory
  267. Dance spectacular
  268. This Is The End
  269. Life of Brian
  270. When Worlds Collide
  271. Lunchtime trad
  272. Keeping it in the community
  273. Corporation Tax Relief
  274. Diabetes screening roll-out at Boots
  275. Galway firms urged to avail of JobsPlus scheme
  276. Your name – Your Image
  277. Nudging people towards organ donation
  278. Engineers key to med tech export sector – O’Dea
  279. Claregalway Hotel purchased out of receivership
  280. Style Watch
  281. Shine bright
  282. Rising Stars
  283. Into the blue
  284. A View from the inside
  285. Re-inventing the West
  286. Joe Kennedy appointed chairman to board of Ireland West Airport Knock
  287. Search for Ireland’s High-Growth Tech Companies Begins
  288. Gottsche and Geraghty Hoping to be Fit for Exiles
  289. Connacht Glory for Galway Girls
  290. ‘Even Money’ Pre-Race Fundraiser
  291. Call For Focus On Water Safety
  292. Need For ‘Immediate’ Mortgage Aid
  293. Barna Waste Jobs Secured
  294. Consumers Caught Out by Online Booking – Higgins

The West is often seen as a poor relation to the East when it comes to infrastructural development, such as high speed broadband, and this is one area that new Western Development Commission (WDC) CEO Ray McGreal intends to prioritise during his tenure.

Based in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, the WDC is tasked with supporting the social and economic development of the West – Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Clare and Donegal – and particularly rural areas in the region.

Mr McGreal says the statutory body focuses on promoting the West, investing and developing local enterprise, and targeted policy research on issues such as broadband and air, sea and road access in the region.

Part of its work involves identifying deficiencies and gaps in these areas and how they might be bridged, with Mr McGreal indicating that a key focus at the moment is broadband infrastructure, particularly given Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte’s announcement last week of a national mapping exercise intended to identify areas which could not be served with high speed broadband without state intervention.

“We are very excited and very ambitious about what the West has to offer, but a prerequisite for that has got to be adequate to world class broadband because it is an inhibitor at the moment. That’s recognised, but there’s an economic viability issue there as well. One of our jobs is to make sure we make a compelling case for broadband right to the remote areas,” says Mr McGreal.

He adds that the WDC believes that when the West gets better broadband, migration here – particularly from the east coast – will increase as the region can provide a better standard of living in terms of key areas such as housing, education and rental costs per square footage for businesses.

The WDC currently has in excess of €40 million invested in over 100 enterprises, small and large, right across the region, with Mr McGreal explaining the commission provides investment through the WDC Investment Fund rather than grant aid.

“We take a stake or an interest in some level in the organisation, and that has proved to be very successful,” says Mr Mcgreal, adding that as well as providing seed and venture capital, the WDC also operates a Micro-Loan Fund for companies in the creative industries sector.

The WDC also provides practical supports for enterprises and Mr McGreal believes it will play a key role in supporting the new Local Enterprise Office (LEO) structure in the West, which will replace bodies including the Galway County and City Enterprise Board.

In addition, the WDC’s development wing is involved in developing enterprises across Europe, linking local enterprises to EU-funded projects such as Creative Edge, which aims to increase the participation of local creative organisations and businesses in global markets.

The West of Ireland’s brand in global markets is something that is a key concern for Mr McGreal, who explains that the WDC has a statutory remit to promote the region through initiatives such as LookWest.ie, which highlights the advantages of living, working and doing business in the West.

The LookWest idea has proven a successful initiative in attracting people, enterprises, and simply generating interest in the West, according to Mr McGreal, who points to case studies on the website featuring enterprises and individuals who have relocated here.

He also feels that Galway City itself “doesn’t need an awful lot of selling”. “For instance, if you talk to anybody generally about Killarney, Galway or Westport, it’s not that hard to get people to go there. Because people just sometimes need an excuse to go there,” he says.

“I have the strong belief that, if you get people to the West, it will sell itself because it’s a lot of the intangibles that have sold Galway over the years,” he says, referring to “very corporate, ambitious people” who came here when companies such as Digital, Thermo King and Nortel were first established, and ended up staying here.

He also cites the Volvo Ocean Race as a demonstration of the fact that if people come to Galway and immerse themselves in it, they may well get hooked by the lifestyle here.

Outside the city, Mr McGreal says that towns like Ballinasloe and Tuam need more investment and infrastructural development, but that road and rail access has greatly improved in the region.

In terms of air access, he considers that, with further development, Ireland West Airport Knock would serve the north of the region in the future, and Shannon Airport provide for the south of the region. Sea access is also important, and Mr McGreal says that the WDC continues to support the development of Galway Harbour.

More broadly, the Tuam native would love to see the West being branded as a unique special area. Resources are of course key to this at a time state agencies are being asked to do more with less, but Mr McGreal believes further developing the West’s international brand and reputation through inter-agency co-operation is possible.

“We know Tuscany in Italy, Brittany in Northern France, Bavaria, Andalusia, and immediately when we say those things it tells us something about the brand,” he says, adding he would love to see the West of Ireland being known as an area immediately associated with arts and culture, organic food and power, and the wild Atlantic.

“Some of the negatives we see – the rainfall and weather – actually are positives. If you ask a lot of people from Central Europe in particular who come here, they don’t come for the weather; they come here because they like the people, they like the area and they like the experience they have.”

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