• The country's newest Supermac's officially opens today in County Westmeath.

    The Kinnegad Plaza is the newest member of the group, creating 75 local jobs.

    Supermac's Managing Director, Galway man Pat McDonagh says these are exciting times.

  • Galway's Pat McDonagh of Supermac's creates 80 new jobs in Dublin and Cork this weekend with the opening of two new branches

    The fast food company is opening outlets in service stations in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin and Ballyvolane, Co. Cork.

    Recruitment is continuing for all roles, including managerial ones, in all outlets that the company is due to open over the next couple of months.

     Mr McDonagh says service stations are a growing market for his company

  • Supermac's has been successful in gaining a landmark EU decision against McDonald's to partially cancel the 'Mc' trademark, after fast food giant McDonald’s had claimed exclusivity over it.

    The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has ruled McDonald's' use of the prefix 'Mc' can't be exercised at just McDonald's' discretion but has to be subjected to a proof of use test to the EUIPO. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.

    An assessment of proof of use conducted by the EUIPO on a range of McDonald's' products found the fast food giant should only use the prefix 'Mc' on chicken nuggets and single sandwiches.

    Managing director of Supermac's Ireland Ltd, Galway native  Pat McDonagh, who has been engaged in a long-running battle with McDonald's over trademarks, said yesterday "McDonald's tried to argue that because they had some products that started with 'Mc' that the term 'Mc' was so synonymous with them that they had the right to own and trademark.

    "We are delighted that the EUIPO found in our favour and that we can now say that we have rid Europe of the McDonald's self-styled monopoly of the term 'Mc'.

    "They wanted to trademark the term 'Mc' for everything, but this judgment means they can't have it."

    Earlier this year Supermac's won a long running case to have the Big Mac trademark cancelled.

    Mr McDonagh said: "The judgment by the EUIPO is an indication of how important the European institutions are to help protect businesses that are trying to compete against faceless multinationals.

  • The judiciary is "letting the whole country down" in the way it handles compensation cases, according to the founder of Supermacs.

    Galway's Pat McDonagh believes the current system is not working.

    He wants a greater sense of urgency from politicians to tackle Ireland's compensation culture.

    He says there must be a complete overhaul of how personal injuries claims are dealt with in order to protect businesses.

  • Two Supermac’s restaurants in county Mayo scooped awards at the Supermac’s All Stars Awards at an event in the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa.

    Supermac’s Ballindine was the recipient of a Supermac’s All Stars Award. Danny McHugh and his team won the award for Sales Performance of the Year while Supermac’s Castlebar took the award for Best Pizza.

    Speaking at the event Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh, paid tribute to the teams saying “having a good location and a good reputation are key ingredients to every Supermac’s success story and on top of that Danny McHugh and the team works closely with the local community.

    While Joan Collins and the team in Castlebar have really embraced online ordering and delivery to win Pizza of the Year,” Mr McDonagh said.

    Supermac’s currently employs over 2,700 people throughout the country.  

  • Supermac’s has committed to spending €32million on Irish farm produce in 2018. 

    The increase spend is largely driven by the expansion plans of the group with 6 new stores opening throughout the country in the 1st half of 2018 bringing the total number  of outlets to 114 with a number of others in planning.

    The announcement was made following a meeting with IFA President, Joe Healy.

     Supermac’s MD, Galway man Pat McDonagh, said that the family chain of restaurants was projecting a spend of €32million on Irish farm produce in 2018. “This is a very strong endorsement of the quality of Irish produce on Irish farms,” Mr. McDonagh said “and I am proud to serve it in each of our restaurants. We are strongly committed to Irish farmers and the farming community in general.  We are 40 years in business this year and since we started in Ballinasloe in 1978 we have always looked to local suppliers wherever possible, be that for farm produce or construction materials,” Mr McDonagh said.

    The group currently employs over 2,700 people throughout the country.  Supermac’s also operates Papa John’s Pizza, SuperSubs and Macs Place Diners. The latest store to open was in Headford, Co. Galway. The Só Hotel Group as well as the Claddagh Group of Pubs in the United States are also owned by Pat and Úna McDonagh. The company is on a major recruitment drive for management staff in particular at the moment.

    Pat McDonagh says they are offering career opportunities at all levels, - looking for staff in the area of managers, store managers, assistant managers and catering assistants. For more details check”

     Supermac’s is Ireland’s largest indigenous quick service restaurant chain.  The franchise currently has over 100 outlets across country.

  • A number of Supermacs restaurants are reopening from today, over a phased basis.

    The outlets will be operating delivery, 'drive thru' and 'drive and collect' services, in order to comply with social distancing measures, while seating areas in their restaurants will remain closed.

    Three outlets in Galway will begin services today, with the Supermacs on the Tuam Road and Headford Road operating a drive-thru, while the outlet in Newcastle will be delivery only.

    A further 12 Supermacs outlets will resume business this Friday - including the outlets in Ballindine, Roscommon Town and Sligo - they will operate a Drive Thru and Drive & Collect service.

    Supermacs says that, since they closed on 26th March, they have spent the time developing systems and processes in order to open and provide a service.

    The company says only outlets that can fully implement social distancing guidelines for staff and customers will open, and all services will be contactless.

    There will be a dedicated work station for each staff member, full PPE will be provided and staff will have their temperature recorded before each shift.