By Donogh Moore
Garbally Oil are celebrating 25 years in business in Ballinasloe this spring. An independent, family owned company who originally hail from Ferbane, in Co. Offaly and in January 1993,
they opened their gates for the first time in Poolboy Industrial Estate, with a total staff number of four.
The business grew quickly as they supplied heating oil, diesels and petrol to the houses, businesses, churches and factories in the east Galway region. In 1998, the business purchased a second plot adjacent to their site and doubled the size of their depot, where they installed retail pumps and opened their forecourt to the public.
The family-run business has been voted through various surveys as having the most competitive prices for fuel in the area. In 2010 they opened Claddagh Oil, where they began to expand their range, and supply oil to the likes of Galway city and beyond.
Garbally Oil now employs 11 people, which is a far cry from the mere four staff they had when they first opened all those years ago. Not only that, but the business also has further plans for expansion in the near future. They also operate from two other oil and fuel depots in the midlands area-Flaherty Fuels in Ferbane, Co. Offaly, and Birr Oil in Woodlands, Birr. Taking these other two depots into account, the tally comes up to twenty three total employees.
The three directors, Brendan Flaherty and his two sons, David and Conor, are incredibly proud
of not only the business they’ve created, but the legacy that has come with it too. Garbally Oil has become a staple in town of Ballinasloe. “Genuinely we are so thankful for everyone being so welcoming, and accepting us with open arms as one of your own here in town” states Director Conor.
They are incredibly happy to have been able to keep running a successful business for so long, and they hope to be able to continue this success for another twenty five years. If nothing else, their story proves that the locality is a good setting for commerce, and businesses have ample opportunity to grow and expand, given the town’s prime location.
Garbally Oil deliver 6 days per week, and their pumps are open 7 days a week. They can be contacted via telephone on (090) 964 4147, or email or find them on Facebook below.
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