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Enjoying Work and Life in Co Clare

The proliferation of rural digital working spaces means affordable living and less commuting for more and more professionals.

Lorna Moloney was always passionate about her local heritage.

Indeed, this world-renowned genealogist started her career working as a tour guide in her home county of Clare.

Now, as an entrepreneur who works part-time as the Springboard Coordinator with University College Cork, Lorna does most of her work from the Digiclare Feakle Hub.

Having lived in Dublin, Cork, Galway and parts of England, Lorna says rural Ireland is her preferred base. “My ancestral roots are from Connemara, but I grew up in Tulla, Co Clare and now I’m living in east Clare. I like the quality of life in rural Ireland. Places such as the Feakle Digital Hub make it easier to choose rural Ireland.”

The Digiclare Feakle Hub provides local office facilities, co-working and conference facilities as well as high-speed broadband connectivity. The hub is an initiative of Clare County Council as part of its Rural Development Strategy to support rural communities.

Already, the centre is essential for entrepreneurs such as Lorna to maintain and build her own business – Merriman Research and Training Ltd, which has clients all around the world.

The availability of high speed broadband in Co Clare has been increasing steadily, due to commercial investment and the Government’s National Broadband Plan, with availability now at 61%, a 10% increase since 2016.

The connection allows Lorna to work remotely including producing a radio segment – the Genealogy Show – once a week on Raidio Corca Baiscinn (RCB).

Because of the reliability of the technology, she uses the Digiclare Feakle Hub to interview international guests and record her shows.

“The Feakle Hub is an excellent base for anyone that wants to work remotely,” says Lorna. “I save about 12-14 hours a week in travel time alone and my health has improved as a result. I used to have high blood pressure from all the driving. It’s very stressful to be stuck in traffic and nobody has the hours to lose.”

Since the co-working space opened in March 2018, Lorna can complete her varied work and research without being forced to battle daily traffic to reach one of the bigger cities. “Before the local centre opened I had to travel 90 minutes a day to the Southhill Area Centre in Limerick in order to get my work done.”

The Skellig CRI Centre in County Kerry is an outreach of UCC. “It was set up as a chance to branch out in terms of education and to offer learning opportunities to people in other parts of the country. “It’s about not having the arrogance of expecting everyone to travel to UCC, we bring the courses to them instead,” explains Lorna.

As a historian and genealogist, Lorna would like to see more people returning to their roots in rural Ireland as she believes smaller towns have a lot to offer. “I have a comfortable life in Clare, it’s manageable and affordable. I have one day a week with fixed hours of traveling, but one day is manageable.

“I’m mindful of the fact that some of my colleagues have to get up at 5.30am to work in Dublin and the cost of living there is shockingly high. I think more places like the Digiclare Feakle Hub should be opened to alleviate this problem and make living rurally an option for more people.”

How Brexit has made Firefly innovate

Martin McGeough of Firefly says Britain’s departure from the EU has opened his eyes to new possibilities for his business.

“Our mantra, ‘keep moving’ is what we preach at Firefly,”

“Brexit made us sharpen our focus, that’s for sure. But it has definitely made us innovate,” says Martin McGeough, the CEO of Firefly, a Sligo-based company specialising in Podiatric Biomechanics and Orthotic Therapy.

Firefly’s customer base is spread across the UK and Ireland which means the business exports its products and sells a lot in sterling. That means the pricing model is closely tied to the fluctuating fortunes of the British currency – and the political machinations at Westminster can have a real impact.

But Martin sees Brexit as an opportunity, not a negative pull on his business which makes custom-made foot orthoses – for sale to podiatrists, who in turn give them to patients with ankle, foot or hip problems. The firm also specialises in providing related therapies to treat people of all ages.

“Luckily, our products do not attract tariffs but we ship through Northern Ireland which is a logistical consideration. However, I genuinely do not believe there will be an issue for us. “As a first step, we wrote to all our customers and gave them the reassurance that we expect little to change and told them we would absorb any extra costs that may emerge. It was important to give them that confidence.”

Firefly, which employs 25 people also provides the crucial therapy and training to ensure the patients get the best possible benefit from the products it supplies. The company is a highly respected innovator and market leader – in 2017 it brought 200 of the UK and Ireland’s leading podiatrists to Sligo for an industry summit.

“Our mantra, ‘keep moving’ is what we preach at Firefly,” says Martin. “That’s why we see Brexit as providing the impetus to keep developing, innovating and growing.”

With Brexit fast approaching, Martin is convinced that the business can withstand any bumps in the road and he has exciting plans to expand Firefly’s business to other markets and with new services – such as revenue from education and training. Brexit, though, did make him think closely about how Firefly does business. “We looked at how we price and what we do. In terms of innovation we asked ourselves could we create an educational revenue stream? So, for example, we looked at Pakistan as a potential new market.”

Pakistan, explains Martin, has a population of over 200 million people, of which 25pc are affected by diabetes. That causes a lot of health complications, with obesity putting pressure on joints – ankles, feet and hips – which means there could be a massive new market and demand for Firefly’s products, therapy and training. Firefly may soon also be making its products closer to home. The company currently has products manufactured in Vancouver, Canada and in Indianapolis and California in the United States. “A direct-spin off from Brexit was making us think about the entire supply chain and we now have plans to bring our manufacturing to Sligo, using the latest commercial-standard 3D printing technology.”

For Martin, Brexit has meant a chance to refocus his business – and prepare for the future. “It’s about being ready and getting in front of the issues before they become problems. We’re looking forward to some great years ahead.”

Cutting edge tech career in a rural setting

Software engineer Fergal Donlon doesn’t miss the big city, and he’s lived in a few bustling capitals: Sydney and Dublin can all be ticked off his bucket list and they came close to choosing London.

But Fergal and his wife Claire, a national school teacher, wanted something more; to live somewhere where the pace of life was more relaxed, a little more affordable and a suitable location where the myriad needs of career and family life could be met.

Originally from Glenamaddy, Co Galway, Fergal was living back in Ireland nine years ago – in Williamstown, Co Galway – when he published a post on a popular online forum, called Boards.ie, asking: “Where in Ireland should we live?” The suggestions that came back all appealed; Ennis in Co Clare, Westport in Co Mayo and Carrick on Shannon in Co Leitrim – a trio of desirable West of Ireland locations dotted along the Wild Atlantic Way.

After a visit, they chose the Co Leitrim town, located just 40 minutes from the Atlantic beaches in Sligo, and just over two and a half hours to Dublin by road – or direct rail. The couple are now a family of four with a seven-year-old and a five-year-old who are now enjoying a childhood in one of the most scenic counties in Ireland.

“We just didn’t want to live in a big city anymore,” says Fergal. “We live in a village called Hartley near Carrick which has everything we need. It also takes us just five minutes to get to work and do the school pickup. There’s no traffic and no hassle.”

Fergal has also forged a career path working for Travelport Digital, a NASDAQ-listed UK company that make apps for airlines such as easyJet, Etihad Airlines and Singapore Airlines. “All apps have servers to power them and they run through Amazon Web Services (AWS). My team’s job is to ensure they stay up and running!”

The 41-year-old now leads an international team of software engineers from his desk inside The Hive, a cutting-edge, architect-designed work-centre that sits on the edge of town near Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada, the home of Leitrim GAA.

The purpose-built building, opened in 2013, is home to more than 90 people working across tech, manufacturing and e-commerce with fibre broadband and comfortable office spaces for individuals and teams.

With the price of an average three-bed house sitting at around €90,000* and a wealth of local amenities shops and cultural attractions, more and more people are making lifestyle-centred choices to locate to places such as Carrick-on-Shannon.

Fergal still divides sometime between east and west – getting a direct 6.30am train to Dublin two days a week to liaise with his employer at their office in the capital.

He spends the rest of the week at The Hive. “I’m an Operations Manager and I lead a team of seven people – I am in in Carrick, two of the team are in Dublin, two are in Belgrade in Serbia and two are in Chișinău in Moldova. We do a ‘stand-up’ meeting every morning and get on with our day.”

The speed and quality of the fibre broadband at The Hive is critical as Fergal dons a pair of headphones and chats through a list of daily tasks with his team on a Google Hangout or a Skype call.

A typical day in Carrick-on-Shannon could involve writing code and ensuring the uptime of the company’s services – crucially important work, as Fergal explains.

“We had a situation recently where the check-in functionality of an app for a South American airline caused a problem for all check ins at all airports serviced by that airline. I was able to fix the issue from The Hive. Imagine being in South America and not being able to check in on your app. Who would think some guy thousands of miles away in Leitrim in the West of Ireland was able to fix the problem?”

We were just working to live in Dublin

This is the view of Darren O’Dwyer, who recently made the move to Limerick. Building a house in Adare with his fiancé Clare, Darren has seen his commute drop to just 20 minutes. A graduate of the University of Limerick a decade before, Darren joined WP Engine as Senior Talent Advisor EMEA last year.

WP Engine opened its first Irish office in Limerick in 2016. Headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices in San Antonio TX, London and Brisbane. WP Engine is a WordPress digital experience platform, helping brands to build and deploy creative online sites every day.  Attracting key talent to Limerick was vitally important to the success of the Irish expansion of the company. The Limerick operation has grown from 8 to 30 staff already, with plans to grow to 100 over 3 years.

Limerick City has enjoyed consistently positive employment growth in recent years.  Over 15,750 jobs have been created in the city and county since 2013. The Council’s Limerick 2030 Vision: An Economic and Spatial Plan is spearheading significant regeneration of key sites in the city centre and surrounding areas.
Darren admits he wasn’t aware of how many career opportunities there were in Limerick, not just in WP Engine but also in many of the new pharma, medical devices, tech and financial services companies opening up in the region.

“People looking to move should do their research and see what value they can add to these companies, many of whom offer great benefits such as WP Engine who provide employees with training, healthcare, dental care and a pension.”

As someone who has made the move, Darren is familiar with both the challenges and benefits of moving to the region. “Knowing that we could build a home in the countryside outside Limerick and pay less on the mortgage than we were paying in rent on a two-bed apartment in Dublin was a huge factor for us,” he said.  Another significant draw for Darren was the improved quality of life he knew he could have in Limerick. “We’re able to save money and still go out more – we were never able to save in Dublin, we were just working to live.”

Finally, Darren summed up his experience of leaving Dublin to forge a new life and career in Limerick by saying “It’s been a really positive experience over the last year since moving down and I’m looking forward to many positive years ahead in Limerick.

If you come here and you’re willing to work hard then Limerick’s your oyster.”

Scéal nua a scríobh do Luimneach

D’úsáid cathair an Chonartha cumhacht na teicneolaíochta digití chun athbheochan a spreagadh.

Gach lá, foilsíonn Limerick.ie ábhar cuí agus cothrom le dáta agus cuireann sé gnéithe uathúla díolacháin Luimnigh i láthair.

Bunaíodh an suíomh gréasáin chun Cathair an Chonartha a chur i láthair ar bhealach dearfach agus cuireann sé eolas ar fáil faoi sheirbhísí Chomhairle Cathrach agus Contae Luimnigh.

Tá sé d’aidhm aige freisin bheith ar an gcéad suíomh gréasáin ar a dtagann daoine nuair atá eolas á lorg acu faoi Luimneach agus clú na cathrach mar an áit is fearr ar chósta an Atlantaigh le hobair agus le cónaí inti a léiriú.

Is léir ón bhfáilte a chuir daoine roimhe go bhfuil an suíomh gréasáin ag cur lena fhocal.

Dúírt Laura Ryan, Ceannasaí Margaíochta agus Cumarsáide Chomhairle Cathrach agus Contae Luimnigh: “Dearadh an suíomh le bheith oiriúnach dá úsáideoirí ionas gur féidir le gach duine logáil phríobháideach isteach bheith acu agus próifíl a chruthú.”

Tá bonn á chur ag Limerick.ie faoi na rudaí a d’fhéadfadh daoine a dhéanamh leis an suíomh agus na rudaí a d’fhéadfadh an suíomh a dhéanamh dóibh.

Tá seirbhísí pearsantaithe á fhorbairt ar bhealach comhtháite aige ionas go bhforbróidh Luimneach eispéireas digiteach na cathrach sna blianta amach romhainn.

Dúirt Ryan: “Agus an Meán-Iarthar á dhaingniú ag athbheochan eacnamaíoch Luimnigh mar an réigiún is mó fás in Éirinn, tá an t-eolas tábhachtach ar fad faoi shaol Luimnigh ar fáil ar Limerick.ie, an t-ardán digiteach comhtháite a forbraíodh le gairid.

Tá ról lárnach ag Limerick.ie i ‘Luimneach Digiteach’ a fhorbairt ach an t-eolas ar fad a thabhairt do shaoránaigh faoin údarás áitiúil agus faoi conas teacht ar a sheirbhísí.

Is é an treoir oifigiúil freisin do dhaoine a bhfuil cuairt á tabhairt acu ar an gcathair agus ar an gcontae agus do dhaoine agus d’eagraíochtaí atá ag iarraidh gnó a dhéanamh i nó le Luimneach.

Seoladh Limerick.ie in Aibreán 2017 agus cuireadh feachtas forleathan margaíochta ar bun ina dhiaidh sin. Tá sé ina ardán a bhfuil a lán duaiseanna buaite aige ó shin i leith. Thug breis is 800,000 duine cuairt ar Limerick.ie in 2017.

Stair dhomhain chonair an Atlantaigh á caomhnú i dTobar an Choire

Tá tairbhe á baint ag lánúin Ísiltíreach as réigiún stairiúil chun gnólacht caomhnaithe a bhunú

Athraíonn saol duine nuair a bhogann siad go tír nua agus ní féidir beag is fiú a dhéanamh den chinneadh.

Chuaigh stíl mhaireachtála an Atlantaigh i bhfeidhm chomh mór sin ar Benjamin van den Wetering agus ar a bhean chéile Ineke Scholte gur bhog siad go dtí Sliabh Gamh i dTobar an Choire ag tús na mílaoise.

Is san áit seo a gcuireann a gcuideachta ‘The Ox Bindery’ seirbhísí caomhnaithe, atá creidiúnaithe ag Institiúid na gCaomhnóirí agus na nAthchóiritheoirí in Éirinn, ar fáil do chliaint phoiblí agus phríobháideacha.

B’fhéidir go mbeadh roinnt daoine den tuairm go bhfuil cósta an iarthair agus an lánúin ealaíonta seo foirfe dá chéile.

D’fhreastail Benjamin ar scoil ealaíne agus rinne sé staidéar freisin ar cheangal leabhar agus ar chaomhnú páipéir san Ísiltír.

Tá cáil ar Shligeach as a stair shaibhir ar ndóigh, go háirithe ó thaobh na litríochta de.

Nuair a chuir Benjamin, a d’fhás aníos i measc ceardaithe, spéis i mbunús agus i gceird na leabhar, ní haon ionadh gur chuir sé faoi san iarthuaisceart.

Agus a Airbnb féin ag Benjamin agus Ineke anois, tá leas á baint acu freisin as margadh turasóireachta an Iarthair atá ag fáis.

“Tagann turasóirí anseo agus lóistín á lorg acu,” a dúirt Benjamin. “Déarfainn go bhfuil an-tionchar ag Airbnb ar an gceangal leabhar mar go gceannaíonn na daoine seo cuid dár leabhair go minic, ach tá a fhios againn go bhfuil an obair a dhéanaimid sa réimse seo ceannródaíoch.”

Dúirt sé freisin: “Tá sé an-tairbheach bheith ag obair in iarthar na hÉireann agus is féidir linn a lán oibre a dhéanamh mar go bhfuil sé ciúin agus síochánta agus mar gheall ar na forchostais ísle.”

Ghlac an chuideachta páirt i dtionscadal a bhí á mhaoiniú ag an gComhairle Oidhreachta de chuid chiste chúiseanna maithe an Chrannchuir Náisiúnta le déanaí.

Chaomhnaigh The Ox Bindery amhábhair éagsúla go paiteanta, lena n-áirítear leabhair ó bhádchlós teaghlaigh stairiúil.

Tá na leabhair nótaí faoi chúram Rannóg Staidéar Áitiúil agus Cartlann Chomhairle Contae Shligigh anois.

Agus stair chonair an Atlantaigh á scríobh gach lá, tá caomhnú na staire sin faoin gcúram is fearr in The Ox Bindery.

Ag múineadh don chéad ghlúin eile go bhfuil todhchaí dhearfach amach rompu

Tá Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn ag cinntiú go bhfuil conair i dtreo rathúnais sa réigiún

Cothaíonn sí ceann de na timpeallachtaí foghlamtha is forásaí in Éirinn ag a bhfuil cumhacht réigiúnach agus idirnáisiúnta.
Meallann Institiúid Teicneolaíochta Leitir Ceanainn (LYIT) mic léinn éagsúla agus breis is 4,000 mac léinn as Éirinn agus 31 tír ar fud an domhain ag freastal uirthi.

“Roghnaíonn foghlaimeoirí LYIT mar gheall ar ár n-éiteas uathúil a thugann barr feabhais acadúil agus taithí phraiticiúil atá dírithe ar ghairmeacha beatha le chéile. Is cur chuige nuálach é seo a fhorbraíonn ár mic léinn do rath amach anseo ar aon dul lena ngairmeacha agus lena n-uaillmhianta,” a dúirt John Andy Bonnar, an Ceannasaí Forbartha in LYIT.

Cothaíonn an Institiúid dlúthchaidrimh leis an bpobal níos leithne san Iarthuaisceart. Neartaíonn rannpháirtíocht agus comhpháirtíochtaí le gnó dúchasach agus idirnáisiúnta ionchais na mac léinn agus rathúnas eacnamaíocht an réigiúin ag an am céanna.

“Ní bealaí chuig todhchaí dhearfach amháin iad na timpeallachtaí nua-aimseartha comhtháithe foghlamtha i Leitir Ceanainn agus sna Cealla Beaga, ach is bealaí chuig ceann de na ceantair is áille ar domhan iad – agus Geographic Dún na nGall ainmnithe ag National Geographic mar ‘An Áit is Cúláilte ar Domhan 2017’,” a dúirt Bonnar.

I dteannta na gcéimithe den chéad scoth, tacaíonn LYIT le forbairt eacnamaíocht Réigiún Chathair an Iarthuaiscirt trí thionscnaimh Thaighde agus Nuálaíochta, lena n-áirítear dul i gcomhpháirt le gnólachtaí i bhFiontraíocht Éireann.

D’éirigh go maith le LYIT le déanaí i dtionscadail mhaoinithe thaighde le réimse comhpháirtithe, lena n-áirítear EU Horizon 2020, tionscadal a bhaineann le fuinneamh an aigéin i gcomhpháirt le Coláiste na hOllscoile, Corcaigh agus Ocean Renewable Power Corporation, cuideachta arb as na Stáit Aontaithe di.
Tá tionscadal Leigheas Pearsantaithe á mhaoiniú ag Interreg VA i gcompháirt le hOllscoil Uladh, Ospidéal Ginearálta Leitir Ceanainn, CTRIC agus Ospidéal Allt Mhic Dhuibhleacháin i nDoire agus go leor comhpháirithe tionscail freisin.

Thacaigh Gorlann Gnó agus Taighde de chuid CoLab ar an gcampas le 150 fiontraí a raibh an-chumas iontu a ngnólachtaí a sheoladh le deich mbliana anuas.

Tacaíonn LYIT le Tech NorthWest Skillnet freisin, líonra ina bhfuil 80 cuideachta theicneolaíochtbhunaithe i nDún na nGall, Sligeach agus Liatroim. Cuireann Tech NorthWest Skillnet oiliúint fhóirdheontais agus deiseanna líonraithe ar fáil do bhaill atá dírithe ar iomaíochas gnó agus nuálaíocht a fheabhsú.

Ag croílár ais an Atlantaigh

Is rath Éireannach agus domhanda é EI Electronics

Tá EI Electronics ar cheann de na cuideachtaí dúchasacha is mó ar Chonair Eacnamaíochta an Atlantaigh ag a bhfuil láimhdeachas bliantúil €200 milliún agus 800 fostaí.

Tá 700 acu lonnaithe i gceanncheathrú na Sionainne ina bhfuil déantúsaíocht, taighde agus forbairt agus príomhfheidhmeanna tráchtála comhshuite.

“Ó bunaíodh in 1988 é, tar éis do bhainistíocht General Electric ceannach thar barr amach a dhéanamh, d’fhorbair ár ngnólacht go nádúrtha agus táimid ar cheann de na cuideachtaí leictreonaice is fearr in Éirinn anois agus díolacháin bhliantúla €200 milliún agus 5 fhochuideachta díola thar lear againn agus muid ag easpórtáil chuig 30 tír,” a dúirt Michael Guinee, príomhoifigeach feidhmiúcháin EI Electronics.

Is fíorchuideachta dhúchasach dhomhanda í agus a feidhmeanna déantúsaíochta, taighde agus forbartha agus tráchtála ar fad comhshuite i gceanncheathrú Limistéar Neamhchustaim na Sionainne.

“Chruthaigh Sionainn agus an AEC gurb iad an suíomh is fearr d’fhorbairt ár ngnólachta agus rochtain éasca againn ar lucht oibre oilte agus ar lóistíocht iontach iompar ar an mbóthar agus san aer,” a dúirt Guinee.

“Cuireann an réigiún deiseanna den chéad scoth ó thaobh cothromaíochta oibre is saoil de ar fáil agus tá roghanna iontacha ag daoine le cónaí san ais ó Luimneach go hInis agus sna sráidbhailte agus na bailte idir an dá áit.

“Táimid bródúil as branda mór domhanda a bhunú sa réimse nideoige a bhaineann le táirgí braite dóiteáin agus gáis, agus muid fós ar thús cadhnaíochta sa teicneolaíocht agus margaí idirnáisiúnta á bhforbairt againn ónár gceanncheathrú AEC.

“Ar mhaithe le forbairt chothrom eacnamaíochta, is í an AEC an fhrithchothromaíocht ar réigiún Bhaile Átha Cliath. Tá sé éasca gnó a dhéanamh ón AEC agus níl Baile Átha Cliath ach dhá uair an chloig ó Shionainn mar gheall ar an ngréasán iontach bóithre.

Áilleacht chósta agus caighdeán na beatha atá taobh thiar de Portwest

Tá cuideachta as Maigh Eo a bhfuil duaiseanna buaite aici ina ceannaire domhanda agus í lonnaithe i gcroílár iarthar na hÉireann.

Tá stair agus oidhreacht go smior sa chuideachta Portwest, atá lonnaithe i gCathair na Mart, díreach cosúil le Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin.

Agus é ar an bhfód le breis is 110 bliain, tá clú ar an ngnólacht as caighdeán, luach agus seirbhís i réimse ina bhfuil sé ina cheannaire domhanda.

Dearann agus déanann an gnólacht feisteas oibre faiseanta, compordach agus ardchaighdeáin a bhaineann caighdeáin aitheanta idirnáisiúnta amach.

Cé go léiríonn foireann dhícheallach Portwest ina cheanncheathrú ar chonair an Atlantaigh rath an ghnólachta go dtí seo, caithfimid aitheantas a thabhairt do phríomhfheidhmeannach an ghnólachta freisin – Harry Hughes.

Ainmníodh Hughes, a reáchtálann an chuideachta lena dheartháireacha Cathal agus Owen, mar Fhiontraí na Bliana 2016 de chuid EY, duais a bhí tuillte go maith aige agus ioncam €140 milliún faighte ag an ngnólacht an bhliain sin.

Tá gradaim dá leithéid á mbaint ag an ngnólacht mar gheall ar Chonair Eacnamaíochta an Atlantaigh, dar le Hughes.
“Tógadh Cathair na Mart ar thionscal an línéadaigh 250 bliain ó shin agus tá teicstílí ina bpríomhthionscal ó shin i leith,” a dúirt Harry ag comhdháil le déanaí.

“Dúnadh roinnt cuideachtaí mar gheall ar dhomhandú, na monarchana snáithe agus buataisí san áireamh, ach tá cheithre chuideachta fós i mbun gnó – Portwest, Carraig Donn, Northern Feather agus Popular Linens. Fostaíonn na cuideachtaí seo níos mó ná 300 duine go díreach i dteicstílí i gCathair na Mart agus fostaíonn a bhfochuideachtaí, tionscal na n-óstán agus an earnáil mhiondíola ina measc, 200 duine eile.”

Tá caighdeán na beatha agus an chothromaíocht oibre atá ar fáil don lucht oibre i measc na mbuntáistí a bhaineann le suíomh Portwest.

Vótáladh Cathair na Mart mar an áit is féarr le cónaí inti in Éirinn in The Irish Times in 2012. Bhuaigh sí ‘An Baile Mór is Fearr’ i gComórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara anuraidh.

Thug Hughes aitheantas freisin do ghaireacht na cuideachta d’institiúidí trí leibhéal i Maigh Eo, i nGaillimh agus i Sligeach, a chuireann céimithe iontacha ar fáil dá thionscal i gcónaí.

Dúirt Harry: “Ní bhíonn fadhbanna dá leithéid ag an gcuid is mó de bhailte tuaithe na hÉireann. Ba chóir dúinn cuideachtaí as Baile Átha Cliath a spreagadh le hoifig nó le háis thuaithe a bheith acu.

“Baineann gach duine tairbhe as iarthar bríomhar. Ní bhíonn spéis ag turasóirí cuairt a thabhairt ar nó fanacht i mbailte atá ag dul i léig. Ní infheisteoidh aon duine san áit má tá sí ag dul i léig.”

Cad a tharlaíonn nuair a bhuaileann scioból mór dearg le haigéan mór gorm

Ba mhaith le Big Red Barn, cuideachta as Maigh Eo, leas a bhaint as an Atlantach agus é ag díriú ar mhargadh na Stát Aontaithe

Tá clú agus cáil ar an Atlantach as a aeistéitic gharbh le háilleacht a chuireann eagla agus ionadh ar dhaoine.

Bhí sé i bhfad níos éasca do Big Red Barn ó Bhéal Átha na Muice a dhearann agus a dhéanann struchtúir nuálacha modúlacha d’imeachtaí domhanda, áfach.

Bhunaigh Donal Byrne in 2014 é agus tá aird idirnáisiúnta á tharraingt air as an obair cheannródaíoch a dhéanann sé do chliaint, lena n-áirítear Lidl agus an saincheadúnas de chuid an BBC, Top Gear.

Mar chuid dá n-obair cheannródaíoch, rinne siad an chéad struchtúr imeachta dhá stór san Eoraip atá in ann drochaimsir a sheasamh.

Ní bhíonn an rómánsúlacht a bhaineann le háilleacht an Atlantaigh i bhfad ar shiúl, áfach, rud atá le feiceáil ina “séipéal beag bán” a fhreastalaíonn ar bhainiseacha nach mbíonn ar siúl in eaglais agus ar imeachtaí níos lú.

Ba chinneadh comhfhiosach do Dhonal é gnólacht domhanda a bhunú i gcroílár chósta an iarthair. Thosaigh siad i mBéal Átha hAmhnais agus b’iontach an dul chun cinn a rinne siad mar go bhfuil saoráid i bhfad níos mó i mBéal Átha na Muice acu anois, nach bhfuil ach cúpla nóiméad ó Aerfort Chnoc Mhuire agus ón mótarbhealach chuig Baile Átha Cliath.

“Is Maigh Eoch go smior mé agus ní bheadh spéis ar bith agam bheith i mbun an ghnólachta seo áit ar bith eile,” a dúirt Donal.

“Tá an-mheas agam ar iarthar na hÉireann agus sílim go bhfuil an oiread sin rudaí le déanamh anseo. Tá gach rud a theastaíonn uainn ar leac an dorais agus is soláthraithe áitiúla iad mo chuid soláthraithe ar fad, seachas an soláthraí adhmaid. Tá cuid de na soláthraithe is mó sa tír bunaithe ar chósta an iarthair.”

Tugann Donal aitheantas d’Oifigí Fiontair Áitiúil, líonra na gComhlachas Tráchtála agus Comhairle Contae Mhaigh Eo as Big Red Barn a spreagadh lena smaoineamh a athrú ina fhiontar inmharthana gnó.

Agus é ar intinn ag Big Red Barn dul trasna na farraige chuig na Stáit Aontaithe, b’fhéidir go mbeidh Conair Eacnamaíochta an Atlantaigh á feiceáil i bhfad níos mó thall.