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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 […]

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 […]

550 Enterprise spaces mapped across the AEC

AEC Officers in the 10 Local Authorities throughout the AEC, are surveying available enterprise spaces in the major towns in each county. This initiative, under the guidance of the AEC Taskforce Enterprise Space Working Group, utilises a Collector App, and the AEC Available Enterprise Property Search Portal. Both the App and the Portal were developed […]

AEC driving remote working, second sites and investment through hubs

When the Western Development Commission (WDC) decided to investigate the opportunities for remote working along the Atlantic Economic Corridor (AEC) the assumption was that there would be around 30 hubs operating between Donegal and Kerry. The research identified that there is in fact over 100 hubs along the AEC including Udaras na Gaeltachta plans to […]

FAB Leitrim Gets Creative

Two projects underway in Leitrim are embracing technology to deliver benefits for the creative sector and beyond. The Mobile FABLAB and the Creative Heartlands projects are funded under the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Competitive Fund. The FABLAB project will establish a Mobile Fabrication Laboratory that will provide access for SMEs, enterprise & innovation hubs and […]