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Industry in the Tuam area


Industrial development in Tuam dates back to the early 1930's when a sugar factory was built here, one of four in the country.

This sugar factory was the mainstay of the Town and the surrounding countryside up to the 1980's as it provided employment for people in the town and also for people in the farming community.

This factory went into decline in the 1960's and other smaller industries began to be developed. 

The 1970's saw the development of the first industrial estates in Tuam with Galway County Development, now the Galway City & County Enterprise board establishing a small industrial estate on The Weir Road just off the N 17. This enabled local industries such as Western Refrigeration, Bontex, Home-Lee bedding and a number of other businesses to expand and provide greater employment for people in the area.  The I.D.A. now Enterprise Ireland also established an Industrial estate on the Dunmore Road just outside the Town which is now accessible from the N17.

With the closure of the sugar factory in January 1987, unemployment in the Tuam area was at its highest level with a total of 28.8% of the population being out of work at one point.

In 1989 a local community group under the patronage on His Grace The Archbishop of Tuam Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Cassidy was brought together to try to tackle the stagnant unemployment problem in the area.

With the assistance of the I.D.A., The City & County Enterprise Board, The Sugar Co. now Greencore plc., Galway County Council, F.A.S. new enterprises began to be established and existing businesses expanded, particularly at the I.D.A. Industrial estate but also on the other smaller industrial estates on the outskirts of the Town.

Today, Tuam can offer a wide variety of employment opportunities to those coming onto  the job market.  Tuam also offers affordable housing and a friendly environment to families who may consider moving to this area to take up employment opportunities.


Industry Assistance Bodies


Manufacturing Industries

  • Charisma Blinds ; Weir Rd, Tuam - Tel : +353 (0)93 25555

  • Transitions Optical ; Dunmore Rd, Tuam - Tel : +353 (0)93 70600

  • JFC Manufacturing Co. Ltd ; Weir Rd, Tuam  - Tel : +353 (0)93 24066

  • Logstrup Ireland Ltd ; Dunmore Rd, Tuam - Tel : +353 (0)93 24151

  • Larkin Engineering ; Weir Rd, Tuam - Tel : +353 (0)93 24504

  • Murphy Engineering, ; Weir Rd, Tuam - Tel : +353 (0)93 24467

  • Conveyors & Packaging Ltd ; Dunmore Rd, Tuam - Tel:+353 (0)93 25732

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