The Future Of Galway Coffee Is Orange

Tom Hayes serving coffee from his Barista Bus outside Murray's CafeTom Hayes serving coffee from his Barista Bus outside Murray's Cafe

Tom Hayes and J-me Peaker run the bright orange Barista Bus which is currently brewing specialty coffee outside Murrays Café on Salthill Road Lower (just around the corner from The Galway Eye offices!).

Tom told The Galway Eye this afternoon that the bus is usually stationed at the new Tiny Traders Village market in Áras na nGael (Dominick Street) which is in its fourth week of operations. The covered market runs every Saturday from 11 to 6. Reportedly, crowds have been steadily growing as word spreads around the city and county.

For the next couple of weeks, the two lads will be covering for Murray’s owner Doireann who broke her thumb recently and is unable to work. Doireann opened the cafe in 2016, some 80 years after her great-great-grandfather originally built the shop back in the 1930s. Most Galwegians will be familiar with the premises where local photographer Peter Harkin had a photo studio for many years.

While engaging in some convivial chat with Tom, The Galway Eye ordered a cappuccino and is currently sipping while writing!

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Mark White (Editor)
A native of Dublin, Mark has slowly been moving West since 1997. Schooled at Gonzaga College and CBS Dun Laoghaire, he received his undergraduate degree in Software Engineering from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2002. Mark spent a number of years working as a C# Developer in the private sector before deciding to undertake a research masters in Information Technology at NUI Galway in 2010. His work resulted in a new algorithm to reduce energy consumption in virtualised data centres and has since been published. He fills his working days and nights writing software, taking photographs, coaching rugby, kayaking and editing Eye News.