Struggling local traders delighted to ride the wave of festival business
GALWAY business owners who have been struggling through the recession have hailed the Volvo Ocean Race for giving a much-needed financial boost.
Newsagents, restaurants and even home appliance stores have all benefited from the boom in trade brought about by the nine-day festival.
Francis Kelly, who opened Apples newsagents 10 weeks ago, said he had been struggling to pay creditors and suppliers until a big injection of customers here for the yacht race turned his luck around. "We've been run off our feet," he said.
"On the day the boats came in we didn't close until 5.20am. Every night we've been open to around 2am when we generally close at 10pm seven days a week."
Anthony Ryan of Ryan's and Homestore said he was inundated with requests for bed linen from busy B&Bs.
"The B&B sector has been going through a very tough time with hotel beds being sold for nothing because of NAMA. Things like this are vital for them," he said.