Supermacs

  • Supermac's has won its long running case against McDonald's to have the use of the "Big Mac" trademark cancelled throughout Europe.

    The European Union Intellectual Property Office has ruled that McDonald's had not proven genuine use of the contested trademark as a burger, or as a restaurant name.

    The Irish fast food company had claimed that McDonald's engaged in "trademark bullying" by registering brand names only to store them away "in a war chest to use against future competitors."

  • Galway GAA has responded to Supermac's request for clarification on how its sponsorship money is spent.

    The fast food chain publicly asked for the results of financial investigations by Mazars and Galway GAA itself.

    Galway insist that all of Supermac's sponsorship money "went towards the preparation of all our inter-county teams".

    A statement says they are disappointed with Supermacs' statement and with the aid of Croke Park are implementing the findings of last year's Mazars report.

  • The control of the beef sector is in the hands of too few and needs more competition – that’s the view of Supermac’s head, Pat McDonagh.

    As reported by the Irish Independent, Galway man Pat McDonagh, whose restaurant chain buys around 30,000 tonnes of Irish meat every week, said there are too few in charge of the beef sector.

    Talks between farming organisations and the meat factories are set to resume on Monday and Mr McDonagh called on farmers to get more control of their destiny.

    Some factories have cut the price offered to €3.45 per killogramme, with farmers saying they need at least €4 to break even.

    The Supermac’s head said current beef prices are not all about Brexit or sterling weakness, but about factories’ margins.

    The continuing talks between the farming organisations and meat processors come after the Beef Plan Movement called off a two-week protest outside meat factories, including Dawn Meats Ballyhaunis.

    The Beef Plan Movement has called for a ‘fair share of the retail margin.’

  • Supermac’s has announced that it will introduce 100 percent recyclable cups, paper straws, and create Green teams in each of its outlets nationwide as part of a major initiative to Go Green.

    Glan and Glas / Clean and Green Initiative will begin to be experienced by customers from September.

    The announcement was made by Minister Denis Naughten at the official opening earlier this week of the newly redeveloped Casey’s Service Station in Roscommon town.

  • Galway-based companies Supermac's and the Só Hotels Group have announced the creation of 300 new jobs.

    Owned by Pat and Una McDonagh, Supermacs is to open 3 new outlets this year in Wexford, Waterford and Kinnegad with the creation of 200 new jobs.

    The company currently has 116 outlets across the country.

    100 further jobs will be created through the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Athlone Springs Hotel, the Castle Oaks Hotel in Limerick and the Killeshin Hotel in Portlaoise, which are part of the Só Hotel group also owned by the McDonaghs.

    The Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys is today announcing the creation of 300 jobs, and has congratuled Pat & Una McDonagh on their achievements, saying it's especially pleasing to see an Irish company creating local jobs.

     

     

  • Supermac's have repeated their call for the Galway county board to reveal the findings of two reports into the finances in the county, insisting that "transparency and accountability are vital to confidence going forward".

    That's according to this morning's Irish Independent.

    In the second such statement within a week from the county's major sponsor, Supermac's insisted it had no interest in making policy decisions but stated that "while a cloud hangs over the organisation it has an effect on the competitiveness and success of our teams".

    Last week's statement outlined how Supermacs has contributed over €1.5  million  over a five-year period, and called for clarity in how that money was spent.

    Supermacs has now re-iterated its call for a internal review of Galway GAA finances conducted by the GAA last year, and an independent audit by Mazars to be made public, and says it's  "at a loss" as to why both reports had not been published.

    The fast-food company also says complaints from parents, mentors and management teams were among the factors that prompted them to act.

  • Fast food chain Supermacs is calling for answers from Galway GAA about how it spent almost €1.6 million euro in sponsorship money.

    It's broken down five years of payments in a statement posted on its website tonight.

    The firm says it raised financial concerns with the board four years ago.

    GAA authorities and accounting firm Mazars were brought in to examine the state of the county's finances last year and a meeting in December last year heard concerns expressed over practices in the period of 2015-17.

    The use of an official credit card for personal expenses, officer expenses of €45,000 and a debt of €390,000 to Croke Park for All-Ireland final tickets were among the revelations.

    A 103-acre site in Athenry that was bought in 2006 for €2.8m and earmarked for a centre of excellence was sold at a loss of almost €2m last year. 

    Supermac's, founded by Galway native Pat McDonagh, has been a sponsor of at least one of the county's teams since 1991 and has now demanded clarity on where their total contributions of almost €1.6 million over the last five years have gone.