Williams names development Galway in honour of his Irish roots

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Former premier Danny Williams announced that his 2,400 acre development in Southlands, St. John’s, will be named Galway.

Danny Williams has announced that his 2,400 acre development in Southlands will be named Galway. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Williams said the name is “all about the family.”

Galway is his mother’s maiden name, and serves as a connection to his family’s Irish roots.

Williams said that the city is running out of room to grow, and Phase 1 of the project will be roughly 150 acres of new industrial, commercial and residential development.

Residential lots will go on sale in 2015.

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  • Richard
    February 10, 2014 - 23:08

    Likely street names include: Insider Avenue, Fixed Tender Lane, Nepotist Boulevard and Fleeced Taxpayer Way.

  • 55CARES
    February 10, 2014 - 18:21

    I feel that there should be an investigation and/or inquiry into the selling of crown land (the people's land) by government over the last 30 years. Developers are becoming filthy rich and home buyers (Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans) and being put into debt up to their ears. Unbelievable!!! Government MHAs, government officials and Mayors and councilors in the Northeast Avalon region are a total disgrace and should bow their heads in shame in allowing this kind of thing to occur. NLHC should be dismantled. This crown corporation is useless and is not serving the ordinary citizens of this province properly. You only just have to look at the developers that purchased crown land for a song and the ordinary citizen are not permitted to purchase a building lot and if they are it is at a price tag of approximately $120,000 under a turnkey arrangement. So the PCs had all the answers and were to close off all the loopholes and do what is best for the ordinary citizen? What a sucking in did the Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans get especially those living on the Northeast Avalon. The PCs pulled off the biggest bluff since the Trojan Horse?

  • Tony Rockel
    February 10, 2014 - 15:05

    How about Halfbaketopia? Or Llareggub?

  • marketer
    February 10, 2014 - 14:40

    Is that logo and website for real? Did a student do this branding?

  • david
    February 10, 2014 - 13:42

    Hey Danny! If Newfoundland is SOOO great in your opinion (population statistics and actuarial data are for suckers!) , why would you feel a need to 'tart up' your lousy real estate project by co-opting a very famous place in Ireland to make it more appealing than the lump of windswept rock it actually is? A "business genius" like you can teach us so much.....

  • Tammy
    February 10, 2014 - 12:58

    Just reading some of the comments and I've come to the conclusion that when someone succeeds in this province the jealous and envious are like scavengers ready to pounce. Instead of condemming the successful why don't you start by reading the poem titled " Somebody said it couldn't be done", than try to accomplish something for yourself!

    • Jay
      February 10, 2014 - 14:00

      Tammy, You're absolutely right. The petty jealousies in this province are unbelievable. What's wrong with believing in yourself around here. Williams is a private citizen and if he wants to implement an initiative he has every right to do so. Everything doesn't have to be a make work project for the rural parts of the province.

    • Mindy
      February 10, 2014 - 14:27

      Thumbs up Tammy -- totally agree with your comment. People are just too negative.

    • Mindy
      February 10, 2014 - 14:29

      Thumbs up Tammy -- totally agree with your comment. People are just too negative.

    • Mr. Hettro
      February 10, 2014 - 15:33

      Well said Tammy. Should see what happens when you are a single male bachelor and successful - I 'll leave it up to the imagination the kind of gossip that follows you around town. Lot's of hate here and so much for those who love to show themselves as community do-gooders - they'er the first to have a snipe at ya behind your back!

    • Brad
      February 10, 2014 - 15:54

      Agreed, all you have to do is watch when someone goes on strike, 90% of the union bashers probably make less and are therefore jealous that buddy next door is making more money. FYI, I'm not a union fan.

    • Redgrave
      February 12, 2014 - 18:29

      Tammy is right again: When I first got an idea to start a business here in St john's 90% of the people said "IT WON'T WORK"....why not? Today it is 100% paid for and every oder is 80% profit. That is mainland ingenuity and a lot of hard work--something Newfoundland thinks they're good at , but haven't got a clue what dedication and loyalty really mean. The one who do stay hidden, or get ridiculed by the lazy one's who look out the window all winter long. The rest leave and never come back--no work!!

  • Rennie
    February 10, 2014 - 12:27

    This is news?? The media follows this guy like lost puppies salivating at every word he utters as he travels on his road of self promotion. The real question is how he got his hands on thousands of acres of land at a cost of a couple thousand dollars per acre, that no other developer was allowed to purchase.

  • Yeah right
    February 10, 2014 - 11:42

    Look to the right of the headline ... "The Conference Board of Canada’s most recent long-term forecast predicts the province’s population will fall from about 527,000 now to 482,000 by 2035." I guess it's possible people will move closer to town but where will the water come from? Where will the rain go with everything paved? How much power will be needed? Can our roads handle the traffic?. Everything is ok though, Danny will make money at it.

  • abby
    February 10, 2014 - 11:13

    Way to go Danny boy. You are one in a million.

  • Better Name
    February 10, 2014 - 11:11

    Danny has already dismissed the Conference Board of Canada's predictions of a declining provincical population. I have to say, "Galway" is a better name than the previous one. "Glencrest" sounded too much like a nursing home. "I'm visiting my Nanny over in Glencrest on Sunday!"

  • Better Name
    February 10, 2014 - 11:08

    Danny has already dismissed the Conference Board of Canada's predictions of a declining provincical population. I have to say, "Galway" is a better name than the previous one. "Glencrest" sounded too much like a nursing home. "I'm visiting my Nanny over in Glencrest on Sunday!"

  • Guy Incognito
    February 10, 2014 - 10:53

    I was rooting for Dannydonia. King Danny has named his kingdom! Soon he will allow the peasants to purchase small lots to raise cattle and work the land!

  • He's Got Gaul Alright
    February 10, 2014 - 10:45

    It is peculiar that he forecasts a need for the city to expand when the Conference Board of Canada predicts a massive population plunge over the next 20 years.

    • Bob
      February 10, 2014 - 11:42

      Conference board predicts population plunge in Newfoundland, this will be all in rural Newfoundland not St. John's and the greater area. Come in past the overpass and see what growth looks like by'e!