Local Entrepreneur Kevin Nugent started his entrepreneurial journey at the age of sixteen. He began his journey working as a handyman in his local area during his holidays from school. This was his first step to his success.

At the age of 21 he provided a bouncy castle and marquee hiring company, following that he then opened a café in Limerick at the age of 24. One year later he then opened the doors of Mr Waffle in 2010.

Determination and success then brought him to open his dream café, Ground & Co, Salthill in 2017. Kevin has a great team of workers that provides a high-quality service. Kevin now operates four successful cafes and is the catering partner for Cancer Care West.

Kevin’s genuine passion for customer service filters down through the team. He is a strong leader where he has a genuine care for his staff and customers. Not only does he care about his customers and team, but he is also known for charity work around Galway. He has raised money for local charities such as ACT for meningitis while being the catering partner to Cancer Care West.

Kevin has done numerous motivational talks around schools of Galway to encourage enterprise. He has also advised and help many young entrepreneurs with their venture. Kevin is ambitious and has had a busy few years but has no intentions of slowing down.

In January 2019, Kevin and his wife Rachel welcomed Baby Dara aka Baby Waffle into the world.

Who knows what is in store for 2019? Make sure to watch this space to keep up date!!!



Niamh the ‘Mammy of the group’ looks after everyone and everything. You never know where she could be in any given day from Saol Café, NUI Galway to Ground & Co, Salthill. Niamh brings many years of hospitality experience and her passion is making sure the customer is always happy! When she is not working at one place or another, she is at home looking after her two kiddies Matthew & Jenny and rushing to soccer training and birthday parties.



Our cool, calm and collected executive head chef is a well-known and respected chef around Galway. You can see him rocking up to work in his famous scooter!! Leroy brings a wealth of knowledge and is passionate about quality and locally sourced ingredients.  

In his spare time Leroy enjoys spending quality time with his wife Helen and their four children.

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The original Galway Girl, Lisa has worked her way from server to Store manager of Ground & Co, Salthill. Lisa’s passionate about all thing’s coffee and her dream is to open her own coffee roaster and cafe!!!

Lisa also has a flair for social media, and you can often see her in awkward positions trying to get the perfect Instagram pic.

You will often find Lisa laughing and joking with regular customers and her easy-going attitude puts everyone at ease.

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Croatian native Boris started as sous chef in Ground & Co, Salthill and within the year Boris was promoted to head chef after showing initiative and strong leadership. Boris brings a wealth of international experience to the company. Boris is passionate about food and everything related. Boris runs a tight ship in Salthill, so you can be assured your food is in good hands!

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Martina is the head baker for the company. Martina was professionally trained in GMIT and brings a wealth of 5 star experience.

Martina’s baking skills are second to none and how she produces the variety of cakes and sweets from her small bakery section in Salthill, we don’t know! Martina makes traditional apple tarts to gourmet cakes to energy protein balls. Her lemon meringue we are reliable told is the best our customers have ever had!!!



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Other Locations

Mr. Waffle Cafe

Cancer Care West

Saol Cafe

Mr. Waffle Cafe

Cancer Care West

Saol Cafe

Ground & Co Salthill

Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturdays & Sundays 8:30AM – 5:00 PM

Ground & Co Knocknacara

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturdays & Sundays 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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