Entries by AEC-Comms

Coronavirus: The towns most economically at risk

Having been considered one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union in recent years, the Irish economic landscape has profoundly changed due to the outbreak of Covid-19. As per the latest estimates from the Department of Finance, the Irish economy is now projected to decline by 10.5 per cent this year, unemployment is […]


A recent survey by researchers from the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway and the Western Development Commission (WDC) has shown that 83% expressed interest in continuing to work remotely. Over half of those surveyed (51%) had never worked remotely before the Covid-19 pandemic. Of those who had never worked remotely, 78% would like to work […]

Surf’s up for centre of excellence in Sligo as tender issued

The country’s first surfing centre of excellence could be up and running next year after a tender was issued for its construction in Sligo. The Government announced in November 2018 that the new national surf centre would be located in Strandhill and would be a key centre for visitors looking to capitalise on some of […]

Clare blacksmith forging ahead with protective screens

The Covid-19 health crisis has forced many small businesses to close, while others have had to adapt to survive. It’s particularly challenging for rural businesses. But an award-winning blacksmith in West Clare is now using his traditional skills to make protective screens for small shops and retailers. Twenty-five-year old Conor Murray is the fifth generation […]

Leading retail technology innovation from Claremorris

There are not too many indigenous companies operating in the West of Ireland who can count the dotcom bubble of the 1990s and the global financial crisis in 2007 among the challenges they have overcome during almost 40 years in existence – but retail technology firm CBE can do just that. Indeed, CBE’s consistent success in […]

Premium ride-on toy truck drives sales for Roscommon design engineer

As a child, Wayne Auchmuty couldn’t find what he was looking for, so as an adult he built it. The design engineer from Lecarrow, Co Roscommon, spent much of his childhood in the cab of his father’s truck, and always wanted a scaled down truck that he could call his own. The desire stayed with […]

Kerry offers chance to work hard, play harder

With a love for making sense of numbers, Emily Brick turned her passion into a business by building a suite of analytics products which assist schools in supporting students to achieve their academic potential through ongoing analysis of exam results. Now living in Tralee, Co Kerry, Emily previously worked in Dublin for five years, but […]

300 jobs to be created in €21m RDI hub in Killorglin

One of the country’s longest-established financial services and technology companies has partnered with Kerry County Council and the Institute of Technology in Tralee to create more than 300 new jobs over the next four years. The jobs will be in a research, development and innovation hub which has been built and donated by Fexco, and […]

NUI Galway unveils extensive development programme

NUI Galway has launched a new strategy which places the 175 year old institution as a central driver of transformational change for Galway and the West of Ireland. The new strategy, titled “Shared Vision, Shaped by Values”, has been developed following extensive dialogue with students, academics, alumni, policymakers, and the wider community, marks a new […]