For several years Michael Ryder has been involved in the
local rental market, Steadily building up an impressive
portfolio of business in this rapidly expanding Sector of the
property market. It will remain of special interest to him, he
hasten to add.
Michael is, of
course, already a very well-known figure in the agri-supplies
business Having spent much of his working life in animal feed
sales to the West of Ireland farming Community, for McDonogh's
of Galway, and more recently with Connacht Gold, through their
Airglooney, Tuam, depot.
that, Michael was in Farm Management, in Cork, Clare, and in
Tuam: it was very good experience for him, he says, and work
he greatly enjoyed, having qualified from Mountbellew Ag.
secondary school. “All my working life, in farm management and
in animal feed I met really great people and learned a huge
amount from them,” He adds. “I genuinely believe that’ll stand
me in good stead in the very public business I’m going into
chief interests outside work, early in his life, were Macra na
Feirme (the great national organisation for young people with
mainly rural background) and Corofin Football Club. With Macra,
Michael started out in the very active Cortoon branch and rose
through the ranks to become both County Chairman and County
P.R.O. Corofin Football Club is a way of life and a labour of
love for him.
He is currently
the Club treasurer, a responsible position in such a big club,
but he takes it all in his stride. He is proud to have worn
the famous Green and Saffron colours, for the 1996 Co. Junior
championship and League-winning team, but his involvement is
first and foremost as an administrator, from joining the club
committee in 1985 to serving as treasurer for the past Ten
Margaret Murphy from Craughwell – They have three children,
Derek (16) and 14 – year – old twin sisters Emma and Lorraine
(all footballers!) – Michael feels it is vital to have strong
family and community support going into business in today’s
tough fiercely competitive environment. “So many people have
helped me, I wish I could thank them all here by name, but
they are literally too numerous to mention,” he says. “I must
say publicly, though that my fellow auctioneers in Tuam have
been extremely helpful and I greatly appreciate their
He has huge
admiration for local business people who have not been afraid
to expand And give a vote of confidence to their locality; he
names Joe O’Toole, Martin Geoghegan and Johnny Mannion as
three men he believe deserve great credit, and he will be
adding his voice to calls for the I.D.A. to speed up their
plans for the 45-acre factory units site at Dunmore Road, Tuam.
He feels that his new office at the lower end of High Street,
between the Fire Station and St.
Cathedral is located in a very attractive part of the town.
And as the name Varden House suggests, Michael Ryder is
particularly pleased to be associated with a building that has
a link to another dynamic Tuam man, Tommy Varden, The famous
“name on the Jersey” as thousands of Galway people all over
the world know Tommy since the glory days of winning the Sam
Maguire Cup in 1998 and 2001.
Ryder and his family would like to thank everyone who wish us
well, sent card, gifts, flowers, and there are all very much