On the 23rd. October, 1936 Michael Cahill purchased No. 6 on Williamsgate Street, from Jeremiah O’Donovan, a Jeweler. The front part of this building was a Bakery shop supplied by Horse drawn trucks from Mary Street and subsequently he developed the remainder of the premises into a popular café.
The Business thrived and during the war years it was the only local Bakery still supplying bread to out lying areas especially Connemara - hence the name G.B.C. is still a very familiar one in country areas.
Michael died on the 24th. April, 1960 - R I P - but under Kathleen’s directorship the G.B.C. Café continued to be ‘the’ place for both Galwegians and tourists alike.
Kathleen died in 1966 - R.I.P. - and her sister Vera McSweeney took up the reins. Vera had worked as a manageress in the 40’s and 50’s in the café along with her sister Rita and this was well suited to continue its success story.
In 1969 Vera purchased Michael McDonagh’s Greengrocers adjoining the G.B.C. The deal was done with a hand shake after a casual visit. This property was incorporated into the existing premises in 1970.
Unfortunately, a few months later the whole of the center of the city including the new G.B.C. was engulfed by flames and fire damaged. Corbett’s hardware and Blackrock Clothing next door were completely destroyed and while the front part of the G.B.C. remained intact the back was ruined and a total new reconstruction was therefore required.
The G.B.C. was open again for business in 1972. Jerry McSweeney her son joined the business at that time and worked closely with Vera. Vera retired shortly after that and he decided to develop the entire ground floor into a Coffeeshop
Careful attention is spent every year to redecorate the entire premises and revise and revitalize the extensive menus.
However the key to success has always been to do the simple things well and maintain the tradition of excellent value and personal attention to each and every customer