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Retirement beckons for genial duo

Thursday, 6th July, 2017 4:13pm

Bridget Molloy and Eileen Greaney are calling time on their service at The Galleon Restaurant in Salthill. 

When locals think of The Galleon Restaurant, there’s no doubt Bridget and Eileen immediately spring to mind. In their combined seven decades of service, both women have been welcoming, nourishing and catering for generations of Galway families at The Galleon.

It’s more than 40 years since Bridget first set foot in The Galleon. Initially employed by Jimmy Lydon – the late grandfather of current proprietor Roger O’Sullivan – Bridget has been part and parcel of The Galleon for more than four decades.

As Senior Supervisor, Bridget worked under all three generations since The Galleon was first established in 1965 – first under Jimmy Lydon, then Johnny O’Sullivan and now Roger.

Joining Bridget in retirement is much-loved general manager, Eileen Greaney. Eileen spent almost three decades in The Galleon and was just the second GM to serve in the restaurant, when she succeeded Mrs O’Shea in 1988.

Hailing from Swinford, Eileen has stayed true to her Mayo roots and at match time, there was always great banter between the Mayo and Galway staff and customers.

As the ladies begin to enjoy their retirement, they can rest assured their beloved Galleon is in good hands.

Ger Lyons, who has taken over the reins as general manager from Eileen, commented, “I was lucky enough to train under the two ladies. They taught me everything about the business – their qualities, ethos and warmth were always so evident and I was lucky to work with them for so many years.”

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