People of the Tribes: Colm & Caryl Mc Donagh

In association with McGettigans

''I'm the son of a Carna man and from Renmore. Originally my life was in the travel business. I set up Colm Mc Donagh travel in 1989 down in Woodquay and One-Stop Travel here on Eyre Square. I spent a lot of years in the travel business and things were moving in a different direction, along with our lease so it was a case of a decision being made for us. Do we take out a lease for another 15 years? Was there enough business in the travel industry or go a new direction?... And so we did! My wife Caryl who worked with me in the travel business is a qualified chef and we always wanted to open up a little coffee shop. The opportunity presented itself and we grabbed it with both hands, now we have a 25-year lease and teamed up with an amazing brand - Esquire Coffee. Its all about bringing the business to you, having quality service, helping people out in times of need and not being afraid to roll up the sleeves! Galway has gotten way more cosmopolitan, the coffee culture is now like the pub culture sure. I love Galway with all my heart, I couldn't live or work anywhere else in the world.''


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