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Shorter hours, consecutive days off leads to better business for Galway Jewellers

October 9, 2020

Shopping locally and rebooting the economy is the talking point right now, but just how does an independent retailer continue to keep their doors open and reinvent the shopping model whilst also benefiting their staffs health and wellbeing?
The west of Ireland’s premier jewellers Hartmanns of Galway reopened their physical doors over one month ago with an adapted business model to suit the world we are all in now.
These days Hartmanns have adapted their opening days and hours, so every week from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Hartmanns is open for business.However they have also moved to a more streamlined ecommerce model that allows people to shop 24/7 online at Hartmanns.ie.
Maria Hanley who has worked at Hartmanns for over 18 years explains how the adapted hours and business model has impacted positively on her professional and personal life, “With the arrival of Covid 19 many things have changed, some of which have been positive. Working reduced hours and now having consecutive days off has its benefits, both mentally and physically. I find finishing work at 5pm allows extra time for shopping (locally obviously), visiting family and friends, continued education, walking the prom and using the gym along with socialising and the dreaded house work!!  The improved work life balance and realigning how we do business to combat the challenges in this current climate has led to improved productivity. With exciting innovations in how we provide a personal service to our clients that includes the addition of our private diamond viewing room and the Hartmanns by Appointment service, has also helped create a personal customer experience in a positive way.”
The store has had a refurb and they have just launched a new service… Now Special jewellery consultations are available with, Hartmanns by Appointment where you can now book your shopping time at info@hartmanns.ie or  https://hartmanns.ie/book-an-appointment/

“Shopping and supporting local independent businesses is now key to our recovery and survival. Our expert staff are here to help you choose that perfect engagement ring or that significant item of jewellery to mark a very special person or moment in your life. Galway is open for business so come into the city or shop online locally.We are looking forward to seeing you all very soon,” said Richard.

For more information check out https://hartmanns.ie/  or get social across Instagram and Facebook at HartmannsofGalway.

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Galway gateway to connectivity to Europe

October 9, 2020

The West coast of Ireland and Galway has been designated as a landing location for international telecommunications cables with Increased availability of terrestrial networks across the country enabling this. Farice, which is fully owned by the Icelandic Government and currently owns and operates two submarine cables that connect Iceland to Northern Europe , has been undertaking preparatory work for a new submarine fibre cable from Iceland to Europe via Galway since early 2019.

Identifying a landing site in Europe was a key element of this preparatory work and in addition to this, suitable seabed approaches to Galway and the ability to land a cable in the heart of the city greatly enhances the attractiveness of Galway as a landing site and as a potential hub of global connectivity.  

Explaining why Galway, CEO of Farice Thorvardur Sveinsson commented, “After careful consideration of many factors, Galway was selected by Farice as the European cable landing location.  The Icelandic landing site will be on the Reykjanes peninsula with the final location to be decided during the winter 2020/2021. This coupled with Galway’s reputation for business, education and hospitality will lead to a win win situation. The enhanced global activity provided by the system will be a catalyst for attracting high tech business to the city and the regions.”

A submarine cable route survey and detailed marine investigation has now commenced from Galway to the boundary of the Irish Exclusive Economic Zone. This survey marks an important milestone in the project development as it is the first seabed survey of the favoured cable route.  The results of the survey will support Farice in further development of the project and in validating Galway as the European landing site for the submarine cable.  The project could result in a new submarine fibre cable between Iceland and Ireland becoming operational within two years from financing being secured.

“Ireland has many important attributes that makes it attractive as a destination for this new cable from Iceland, over and above the relatively short distance between the two countries.  Ireland is at the nexus of new trans-Atlantic connections, is a centre of choice for European operations for many international businesses and has a rich and diverse pool of skilled labour in its workforce. Ireland has thus firmly established itself at the forefront of the development of Europe’s digital infrastructure and as such is an important connection point for a new submarine cable between Iceland and Europe.”

“It is often perceived that international telecommunications are carried out by satellite. This is a common misconception and in reality, the vast majority of global communications is carried on fibre optic cables and particularly sub-sea cables. The capacity of such cables is quite incredible and a single pair of fibre strands could satisfy the demands of most of Galway City. Due to the very high capacity of modern systems, subsea fibre cables are incredibly small in size (approx. 25mm diameter) and are very fast and non-intrusive to install. The overall benefits greatly outweigh the short-term inconvenience during the installation. The presence of the Farice system landing in Galway will provide direct high capacity links to Iceland but also to Northern Europe via Denmark and the UK and will greatly increase capacity and connectivity in Galway City and the regions,” said Thorvardur.

For more information on Farice log onto http://www.farice.is/.

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Eat More Fish and support the RNLI

October 9, 2020

Eat More Fish have launched a nationwide campaign to encourage people to eat local, seasonal sustainable and affordable fish and support the RNLI’s annual Fish Supper fundraiser at the same time.

The RNLI crews drop everything to help save lives at sea, including their dinner! So this October,People can host a Fish Supper and fundraise to help the charity during this busy and challenging year #RNLIFishSupper

Eat More Fish have teamed up with some of Ireland’s best Chefs in Jess Murphy, Neven Maguire, JP McMahon and Enda McEvoy and they are taking on a weekly challenge of cooking with sustainable fish sources caught locally. They will showcase how you can cook squid, hake, mussels and monkfish easily in your home.    

The idea is to host a Fish Supper with friends and family either in person or virtually, and for attendees to make a donation to RNLI. 

EatMoreFish.ie are helping facilitate this by providing the recipes and donating 25% of all sales from the featured product each week during the month of October. To entice people further to donate more, EatMorefish.ie will be giving a €100 voucher incentive for their biggest customer fundraiser. The Fish Supper is RNLI’s big annual fundraiser and this year it will run throughout October.

“This year, we are asking our customers to join us in supporting the RNLI by hosting a Fish Supper in a covid secure way and make a donation to the organisation. We’re proud to support the RNLI’s volunteer lifesavers. We want to show people that eating local, in season fish is the best way to enjoy what we have on our doorstep. We have the best chefs helping us to create beautiful fish dishes at home, we can deliver this fish to your door and we can support the RNLI in the process. The featured species are sourced from small-scale fishermen operating inshore boats along the West Coast. During the initial COVID lockdown it was these fishermen who we chose to support, and who supplied our customers with fresh Irish fish during uncertain times.” explained Stephane Griesbach of eatmorefish.ie.

To see the recipes, to get involved and to raise some funds for the RNLI log onto www.eatmorefish.ie and get social across EatmoreFish and Gannet Fish on Instagram and Facebook. 

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Galway Food Tours launch self-guided food tour

October 9, 2020

The award winning Galway Food Tours which has been guiding people through the food scene of Galway for over five years has developed a way for people to explore Galway’s incredible produce, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and bars.. but on their own terms.

The Galway Food Tours Guide Book brings together over 40 of their personal suppliers as well as Sheena and Gosia’s (The women behind Galway Food Tours) most loved parts of the city . “The intention of this project is for people to explore Galway through their knowledgeable eyes and with their recommendations to engage with the city’s collaborative nature,” explained Sheena and Gosia.

This keepsake pocket book reveals what they particularly love about Galway, its people and their great places to eat, drink superb wines and creamy pints; attend small, independent cultural events and share the simple pleasures in life. Of course, there is the inside track on where to visit, eat and drink but also vouchers and discounts in their collaborative partners locations too. It’s all Galway really with illustrations by local artist Gala Tomasso.

The self-guided Galway Food Tour gives experience, value and that insider knowledge that everyone needs to know when visiting a new place. Some of the highlights include one of the best sourdough sandwiches in Galway is in Tartare and with the pocket book you can enjoy just that, enjoy a glass of wine at Ruibin on the docks, On Saturdays its Galway Market time and those world famous Boychik Doughnut and head out the road to Barna for a taste of Hooked Seafood with 10% off. Then its onto Tigh Neachtains where you will get 10 % on craft beer, fancy some Sushi there is 10% off at WA Sushi. The shopping may begin then at The Tweed Project with 10% these curated Irish Designs or if you fancy a screen-printed T Towel from Kai Restaurant this too making for an ideal gift for yourself or someone very lucky.

“This book has been created to highlight Galway and is one that can be treasured for years to come. The illustrations, the little inside notes and the overall sense of Galway within it means it will make its way into homes, rucksacks and tote bags across the country and world for years to come. That is the beauty of it, a true travel treasure, “said Gosia.

The Galway Food Tours Self-Guided Pocket Book is €35 and is available to buy from McCambridges, Ard Bia Restaurant, Charlie Byrnes, Coffeewerk + Press and Tigh Neachtains. For all other retailers check out Galway Food Tours across all social channels and online at https://galwayfoodtours.com/

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Galway Brothers make history as they are named in Top 50 Best Pizzerias in Europe

October 9, 2020

The Dough Bros in Galway City have made history by being named in the prestigious 50 Top Pizza (Europe) for 2020. Eugene and Ronan Greaney who run The Dough Bros were named at number 21 by the judging panel at a ceremony held in Milan earlier this Month. Just two pizzerias in Ireland featured on the list and for the first time the west of Ireland was not only featured but ranked at 21 in Europe.

These awards highlight talent and the dedication of pizza which go beyond the city of Naples.  The ceremony was live streamed around Europe to over 75,000 people and history was made by this Irish family for the very first time.

Since beginning in 2013, The Dough Bros Pizza was inspired by Naples but in this they have beautifully married the best of Irish produce and their own personalities to create what is now a household brand and style of pizza.  The secret is in the making and dedication to quality every time as they prove their dough for between 48-72 hours then pair it with seasonal local produce and finally cooking it in a 500-degree Stefano Ferrara wood fired oven

Working with Toons Bridge Dairy, Sliabh Aughty Honey, Fingal Ferguson of Gubbeen and more, The Dough Bros bring the best of Irish Cheese & Charcuterie meats and pair them with ‘00’ flour and San Marzano Tomato sourced from Naples. Adding elements like Galway honey for a sweetness and a flavour punch found on one of their best sellers The Peter Stinger that celebrates Irish produce at its best. The line up here features Toons Bridge fresh fior di latte (Co Cork), parmesan, fresh basil, Gubbeen Chorizo (Co. Cork) fresh chilli, finished with lashings of Hot Honey (Co. Galway).

“The average level of quality found and verified by our inspectors in the pizzerias in the Old Continent,” conclude the three curators, “is rising steadily with peaks of excellence such as those present in our 50 Top Europe ranking.  We could say that if the Champions League of pizza continues to be held in Italy, progress is being made every year in the other European leagues.  Furthermore, it is no longer only Italian pizza chefs and entrepreneurs that have emigrated abroad (or their descendants) who contribute to the growth of the European pizza culture, but also professionals of diverse nationalities.”

“The ’50 Top Pizza Guide’ to the Best Pizzerias in the World’ is like the Pizza worlds Michelin Guide. We were visited unannounced at our restaurant on Middle Street, upon that visit we were unknowingly judged on the pizza, the ingredients, the execution of the cooking etc but also the standard of service, experience, beer and wine list, “explained Eugene. The awards are based on pure merit and are judged by the best, from Naples Italy, who travelled the length and breadth of Europe to find the Top 50.”

In February, Eugene and Ronan heard from Top 50 Pizza that they had been visited and would learn in a number of weeks if they made the top 50, which would mean a trip to Milan would have been on the cards in September to pick up the coveted award. Fast forward into the middle of lockdown here and the bros received the news that they had in fact made the Top 50.

“This was surreal. We were all in different houses and away from each other so even though we were over the moon about our Top 50 news, we really didn’t feel it as we were apart and in the midst of this pandemic, it was almost like it didn’t seem real.”

The awards in Milan of course could not go ahead but the organisers were not going to let a year’s work not be celebrated and the live streamed the prestigious event instead.

“We were all naturally devastated not to be travelling to Milan, to meet our peers and to experience this brilliant moment for us, our families and our business. But we decided we would not let the big night pass us by. We were adamant to mark this massive international award with those that have been there from the start.”

The Dough Bros went all out, and created their very own black tie, formal event. The location of course was their own family home and with their Tux’s on from Galway Institution for formal wear Martin Feeney, the lads were ready to tune in online and find out just where they were ranked in the Top 50 Pizzerias in Europe.

“We rented tuxes, borrowed a projector from mates, had a slap-up meal with plenty of wine and watched the countdown live with family and loved ones on the big screen. To be in the TOP 50 was a lifetime achievement in itself but to be named at no 21 was something we are incredibly proud of. It’s a huge win for The Dough Bros but also for pizza in Ireland and Irish food in general. These awards rarely pass Dublin so it’s a huge win for the west too. Our goal was to revolutionise pizza in Ireland and put Irish Pizza on the International map, and it feels like we have done that.

“In the end it worked out the exact way it was supposed to. Instead of being in Milan, we were at our home house, where it all began with the food truck, with family and loved ones who all helped us make it in the early days. Just 7 years ago we were in a food truck at Farmers markets so to see our name called at no 21 in Europe was a feeling and a night we will never forget,” said Eugene and Ronan Greaney.

For the latest on The Dough Bros check them out across all social platforms or in house on Middle Street in Galway, in O’Connell’s Bar in Eyre Square Galway or order The Dough Bros at Home Pizza Kits from TheDoughBros.ie.

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A Handsome Expansion

October 9, 2020

Named as Ireland’s best burger in 2019, Handsome Burger have been adapting their business since they started as a pop up over three years ago.  2020 was the same for the burger boys business as every other hospitality owner in the country, they had to close, then reimagine how their business would reopen and would now work for where the world is at now.

Throughout the lockdown, the company which employs 22 people was now back to the founders only, from 22 to 3, this in itself was hard to comprehend when all the plans for 2020 and beyond were of expansion. Handsome Burger reimagined was all about the do it yourself at home burger box, creating Handsome at Home kept the business afloat, it allowed them to bring back staff and it ensured that the brand they had worked on was still relevant.

Bit by bit the Handsome operation expanded, the HQ on Dominick Street which they opened in 2019, was now a collection point and take away only. As restrictions lifted, “We felt we could safely open again. We had the lads in that helped us kit out the restaurant back to fit it out to all the requirements and then had to change this again once we were ready to open for sit in customers. It’s a big expense back on the business but we wanted our customers back in those doors and not to forget what we do best. We expanded our covered outdoor eating area as well, so as to have more space and more options to eat with us,” explained Rory McCormack Owner of Handsome Burger.

Handsome Burger Popped up in Athlone earlier this year at Maisies and it was a very successful bringing the burgers and their buzz to the Midlands. From here other locations were sought and now Handsome Burger is popping up in Limerick at Flannerys and in Westport at Henehans Bar. The collaboration with pubs has allowed Handsome to expand their customer base whilst their ethos and overall food style remains absolutely true to their providence as a market stall on day one. Local meat, freshly baked buns, Irish cheese, spuds and all the signature sauces and cooking methods go everywhere they set up.

Now the Handsome Burger business has taken back on their 22 staff and are operational across three counties, the Handsome at Home burger DIY kits have been shipped to every county in Ireland and they are now launching their own cocktail bar at the HQ. Oh and not to mention they have just launched their own beer brew, the Handsome which is a Helles Style lager available in house in Galways westend.

Talking on Handsome Burger as of now Rory remarked, “Its been an absolutely roller-coaster year. It has been so challenging just trying to get your head around a pandemic, one that affects every aspect of your life. Our business is personal, it’s our absolute life and letting go our staff was one of the hardest days we have had. But perseverance, hard work as well as staying positive and adapting has meant we now have the Handsome team back and we are growing. Each day we take at a time and we are grateful that we have such incredible customers and our Galway home and base has been one of the best things for us to realise out of all this.”

Enjoy the Handsome classic the BOB, The Roost, Loaded fries and of course those traditional triple cooked rosemary fries in Galway, Limerick and Mayo or enjoy a Handsome at home. For more check out Handsome Burger across social channels and at https://handsomeburger.com/.

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THE ROW

October 9, 2020

New York May 2022, Damian Browne & Fergus Farrell will push a 7m Ocean Rowing boat away from the dock and row out into The Hudson River. The next time their feet touch land will be 4937kms away, when they arrive in their hometown, Galway, Ireland. In the process and unsupported, they will endure and cross by manpower alone, one of the most unforgiving and ferocious pieces of water on the planet, The North Atlantic Ocean.


This project is founded on dreams, legacy, purpose and the belief that we can all achieve extraordinary things if we commit and do the work. 


Project EMPOWER’s mission is to empower all to find their true potential through the execution of planned ambitious endeavour. 
“We hope to give future generations of Ireland and the World, a real image and touchable action to emulate and inspire them to dream big in whatever avenue of life they pursue.”


They can’t do this without you. They need your help!

Damian & Fergus won’t get very far without a boat and they are launching their crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to build this specialised craft that will keep them safe on one of the World’s most unforgiving oceans.


If you want to support, click this link –https://igg.me/at/SBEgkxF41TQ/x/13658856#/ and purchase a Project EMPOWER perk and Join the Project EMPOWER crew now!


Film created by Lorcan Hynes is an award-winning Irish filmmaker. The Row -Written & Directed by Lorcan HynesCreative: Laurence O’ByrneDOP: Narayan Van MaeleColour: Peter Oppersdorff (Moving Picture Company)Music & Sound: Denis KiltyEdit: Rob HegartyFinishing: Jen Connolly (Raygun)Flame: Michael Dowling

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Coffee Lovers unite. Irish coffee company launch nationwide campaign to support cafes

May 20, 2020

Calendar Coffee who are based in Barna in Galway have launched a nationwide campaign to support coffee shops and cafes during the Covid-19 outbreak. The coffee roasters will be donating 30% of every bag sold through their website to any café in Ireland. The best part, is that this can be ANY cafe in the Republic of Ireland, regardless of whether they stock Calendar Coffee or not.

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