Connolly Motor Group expands in the west

Connolly Motor Group has acquired Hyundai Galway in a move that sees the group expand across the west of Ireland.

According to the group, the 31 staff currently working for Hyundai Galway in Ballybrit and the service centre in Oranmore will join the group, increasing its workforce to 280.

The motor group, which is one of the biggest in the country, is run by brothers Kevin and Neil Connolly, and operates multiple car dealerships across Galway, Mayo and Sligo, selling more than 5,000 retail cars every year.

Kevin Connolly, Connolly Motor group director, says he hopes the group can continue to build on what is already a prominent and well-respected company within the motor industry.

“This is another strategic acquisition for our business, further strengthening our offering to our customers in the west and creating economies of scale in a highly-competitive market.”

Stephen Gleeson, managing director of Hyundai Ireland, said the two companies were a good fit.

“We are delighted to welcome Connolly Motor Group to the Hyundai family. Hyundai is Ireland’s fastest growing car brand over the last 10 years and the fit between both companies in terms of expansion and ambition is very clear.

"We are sure that working together with the Connolly Motor Group we can provide an excellent service to the people of Galway and beyond.”

The Connolly group has its roots in the west of Ireland when Thomas Connolly, father of the current group director, opened the first Connolly family car dealership in 1939 in Ballina. They are main dealers for Volkswagen, Audi, and Mercedes Benz, and Seat, with showrooms in Sligo, and Ballybrit.

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