Star-studded opening for Galway Plaza

Star-studded opening for Galway Plaza

Paparazzi cameras blazed as the latest forecourt by Supermac’s entrepreneur Pat McDonagh opened for business in May.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Michael Ring made his way to Junction 16, Kiltullagh on the M6 to cut the ribbon on the gleaming Galway Plaza.

Owners Pat and Una McDonagh were joined by a litany of huge names for the official opening, few huger than Irish International & Leinster rugby star Sean O’Brien.

Other celebs included Ryan Andrews, who plays Sean Cassidy in RTÉ One’s Fair City, along with sports stars from Galway Senior Football, Hurling, Camogie, and Ladies Football Teams. The Kiltullagh and Killimordaly communities refused to miss their chance to mingle with the galaxy of stars, as celebrations got underway for the opening ceremony.

The Galway Plaza joins Pat and Una’s three other forecourts: Barack Obama Plaza; Tipperary Town Plaza; and the Mallow N20 Plaza.

Speaking at the event, Pat said: “We are heartened the Minister recognises the benefits of The Galway Plaza in providing essential services for motorists and also the ways in which it contributes to the local economy and tourism.

“Una and I have been overwhelmed by the level of support members of the local community have given us and the development. It means a great deal to us to see the positive effects the development is having on the local area.”

The complex comprises a motorway services station and food court which provides much needed services to M6 motorists as well as a visitor information centre, providing knowledge on the history and culture of East Galway for visitors.

Along with a Texaco Fuel Station and a Spar convenience shop, a vast selection of food offerings includes a fresh gourmet style delicatessen alongside Supermac’s, Papa John’s Pizza, SuperSubs, and Bewley’s Coffee.

Both Pat and Una have plans for a further two motorway service station developments over the next two years.