In the John B. Keane room at The Seanchaí


Front and back covers of Listowel Writers’ Week brochure 1981

And the inside pages


Galway Millionaires with  a Listowel Connection

Galway brothers Luke and Brian Comer
are among the richest men in Ireland, with an estimated wealth of €675 million. 

They are among fourteen individuals
and families either from Galway or currently living here, who have a combined
fortune of just under €1.4 billion.

The Comers are former plasterers from Glenamaddy and
featured in 16th place in the ‘Ireland’s Rich List 2014’, published by the Sunday

The Comer brothers – the main backers
of the  Galway FC League of Ireland team
– earned their fortune by developing properties in the UK in the 1980s, before
buying an extensive portfolio of office blocks, almost 30 shopping centres and
hotels in the UK and Germany.

The proceeds from selling-off some of
their assets have been pumped back into Ireland over the past two years, and
their purchases in Galway include the ‘Odeon syndicate’ site in Eyre Square,
the Connacht Hotel on the Dublin Road, the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel,
the Kingston Hall and Silver Seas apartment developments in Knocknacarra, Bun
na Leaca in Newcastle and Howley Square in Oranmore.

In 2014 they were now valued at €675m – that’s up €300m on
last year.

 (Story and photo: The Connaught Tribune)

The Listowel Connection? Luke and Brian are married to Listowel sisters whom they met when working in Listowel on an extension to Kerry Ingredients in the late 1970s.


St. John’s from the steps of Listowel Castle