Gill learning the trade age 18

Gill learning the trade age 18

Gill Carroll

In 1996 a young 16 year girl took her first job working in a cafe in city centre of Galway. Little did she know then, while humming along in the wash up to ‘Killing me softly’, that one day she would return to carry on the tradition of serving the good people of Galway and Ireland.


Gill, a Galway girl, got her training under way in GMIT, getting a degree in Business and Hotel Management. She later moved to Edinburgh and made her fist stab at owning a business setting up the Orchard Bar which is still going strong nearly 10 years later.


Gill returned to Ireland and, after some time planning and searching, she set up the famous 37 West in Newcastle. 37 West was launched in 2013 and became famous for 2 things - the words ‘healthy is the New Sexy’ and the internationally famous and winner of many to titles the Chicken Melt.


2 years later, with people spilling out the doors of 37 West and requests everyday for a city centre location, Gill decided it was time to move into the city. When the deal arose for Lynch’s she jumped at it.


May 2015 saw the day 56 Central was born in the heart of Galway.