Galway Mayo Relocation Survey 2017 – We Want To Hear From You

Over the last year there has been a considerable rise in the employment figures in the West. To continue this economic growth, recruitment firm Collins McNicholas has identified a need to ensure that potential returners to the West are made aware not only of the financial and career benefits of a move but also the socio-economic benefits.

Collins McNicholas is currently conducting research into what factors motivated recent returners to counties Galway and Mayo. They want feedback from people who have recently moved back to Galway or Mayo, to support the attraction of top talent back to the West.

They have a short survey (takes approximately 3-5 minutes to complete) and are offering an iPad Mini as a potential reward.  The purpose of the survey is to understand why people relocated to Galway and Mayo and what their experience of Galway or Mayo has been like since relocating.

So if you recently returned to the West or know somebody that did, please encourage them to complete this survey before Friday 3rd November 2017.

Do The Survey Here 


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Export Summit 2017 – Taking you from Local to Global

Ireland’s leading new one day event for businesses seeking to expand internationally, export products or set up overseas operations, will take place on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

This event will give you valuable insight into current trends and best practices. As a delegate you will gain valuable, practical insights which will assist in driving your business to a global market. There will be an emphasis on innovation, competitiveness and talent development plus vital financial and logistic advice.

Is it your ambition to grow sales and develop new markets?

Save the Date in your diary now and join us on Thursday November 9 for what promises to be an unmissable event on your annual business calendar. Inspirational Keynote Speakers will include Damien Costello, Head of Innovation, Synecco; James Murphy, CEO and Founder of Lifes2good and Colm Feeney, CEO and Founder of SSL Logistics. Also in attendance and sharing their expertise will be overseas and International trading experts from Enterprise Ireland.

Breda Fox, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office Galway outlines the importance of this event for any West of Ireland business considering immediate or eventual growth into overseas markets. “This event is a wonderful opportunity for small and established businesses to meet experts and businesses who are successful in overseas markets. It will help those attending on the day to gather the knowledge and information about the supports available to help themexpand into ever-expanding and increasingly competitive overseas markets. We offer many different types of client supports including mentoring, training, networking, special seminars and events, such as this Export Summit. Growing business overseas brings a unique set of challenges for our clients. We want to give them the best possible chance of success by introducing our clients to business leaders who have invaluable expertise in this area.”

Enterprise Ireland Regional Director – West Region Barry Egan said: “Enterprise Ireland’s strategy aims to support more Irish companies with global ambition to achieve greater scale and expand their global footprint. Our strategy aims to increase client company exports to 26 billion per annum by the end of 2020 with an ambitious target to growthe level of exports to over two thirds outside the UK over the period. The‘Export Summit’ will provide companies from across the West of Ireland with a valuable opportunity to examine the potential of a range of new markets and new strategies for growing their business. This is an important event in the Region’s business calendar for 2017.’’

Identify the ideal market for you.

Current leading sectors in the export market include Medtech, AgriTech, Pharma, Engineering, Manufacturing and International Services. These sectors are chiefly targeting developing markets in UK, Germany and France for expansion. Enterprise Ireland and experts will deliver an overview of specific markets including, size, profile, culture, localisation and accessing local European markets.

Benefits of Export Summit 2017

150 delegate businesses fromthe Medtech, AgriTech, Pharma and Engineering sectors will develop insight into current trends and best practices fromexperts and keynote speakers; benefit from workshops aimed at driving their business fromlocal to global, covering innovation, competitiveness, localisation and logistic solutions; gain access to support fromagencies including: Lean, HR and Financial experts who are focussed on increasing export sales growth and network with Irish companies in each key targeted sector.
Attendees will have an opportunity to gain access to a showcase of the many agency supports available to Irish companies.

Keynote topics

Export business challenges and solutions will be addressed in keynote topics including‘Global Sales through Innovation, Design & Supply’ (Synecco), ‘Growth through process & people, challenges of scaling & growing an export business’ (Lifes2good) and‘Global Market access through Smart Supply Chain Practises’ (SSL Logistics).

Explore developing markets in the UK, Germany and France

Speakers include Marina Donohoe, UK & Northern Europe  Director,  Enterprise Ireland; Eddie Goodwin, Enterprise Ireland, Manager, Germany, Switzerland and Austria and Susanne Dirks, Founder & CEOe-Vorsprung Consulting, who will address the issues associated with localising communications for export markets.

This one day event takes place at the Clayton Hotel on Thursday, November 9. Places are limited so register now.

For additional details, registration and booking, visit or contact Local Enterprise Office Galway on (091) 509090


FIS TV Summit 2017 Galway October 12th

In the age of Video on Demand, with new ways of consuming content and ever tightening budgets, is TV at a crossroads?

An interview with special guest Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Black Books), a panel with the Director Generals of the main broadcasters in Ireland and another with funders from the world of Video on Demand are some of the highlights of the FÍS TV Summit, hosted by Galway Film Centre and taking place in Galway on October 12th.

The international summit is aimed at producers and content creators from throughout Ireland and it will take place in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. The main focus of the summit is the question: “In the age of Video on Demand, with new ways of consuming content and ever- tightening budgets, is TV at a crossroads?” The event will also have a special strand dedicated to discussing programming for young people.

Placing Ireland on the global stage, as a centre of excellence for media production is one of the key pillars of the Government’s arts policy, and Galway UNESCO City of Film considers it timely to discuss the current landscape with the heads of the main channels. Taking part in the event are Dee Forbes (RTÉ), Alan Esslemont (TG4), Pat Kiely (TV3) and Peter Johnston (BBC NI), who will discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in their roles and the rapidly changing and evolving landscape of content creation.

One of the key changes in TV in recent is how audiences consume content and the related economics arising from that, so there will be a special focus on VOD and the OTT (Over the Top) sector, particularly Subscription VOD sector (SVOD), with an international panel of speakers from Yaddo, Acorn TV, Rights Stuff and QYou. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to arrange one-to-one meetings with the VOD speakers.

Young People’s Programming is an exciting area in Ireland at the moment, with many Irish companies performing well globally. The Summit will focus on how to reach this next generation of junior audiences with speakers from CBeeBies, RTÉ, TG4 and Paper Owl.

The day will be interspersed with networking lunches, receptions and one-to-one meetings for producers.

This event is hosted by Galway Film Centre, in association with TG4, the Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Gréasán Na Meán, Screen Training Ireland, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, GMIT, Creative Europe Galway, Mazars and the Arts Council.

Tickets to the event are available through Eventbrite See also:

For further information or interview requests, please contact: Glenn Hogarty,


 am – 11.15am: TV at a Crossroads: The Current TV Landscape

  •  TG4: Alan Esslemont
  • RTÉ: Dee Forbes
  • TV3: Pat Kiely
  • BBCNI: Peter Johnston
  • CHAIR: Betty Purcell

11.15am – 11.35am: TEA/COFFEE BREAK

11.35 am – 1pm:

  • VOD: Changing the Future of TV
  • Yaddo -Lawrence Elman
  • QYOU – Amory Schwartz
  • Acorn TV – Shane Murphy
  • Chair – Rights Stuff – Wendy Bernfeld

more speakers to be confirmed

1.00pm – 1.45pm: NETWORKING LUNCH

 1.45pm – 2.00pm: Lunchtime Newsflash – Section 481 with Mazars

2.30pm – 4.00pm: Programming for the Next Generation

  • CBeeBies – Julia Bond, Commissioning Executive
  • PaperOwl – Gráinne McGuinness, Producer
  • RTÉ – Sheila De Courcy
  • TG4 – Siobhán Ní Bhrádaigh

4.00pm – 4.15pm: TEA/COFFEE BREAK

 4.15pm – 5.30pm: Interview with Special Guest

  • Guest: Graham Linehan
  • Chair – Billy McGrath, Sideline Productions




Sept 16th/17th: Galway Games Gathering

The Galway Games Gathering is the premier Game Development event in Ireland and brings leading game developers to the edge of Europe for talks on design, art, code audio and production. It is set to take place at GMIT Galway on September 16th/17th and tickets are now on sale.

 A series of developer talks from top industry professionals will be held over the 2 days of the gathering. Don’t miss the chance to hear over 20 amazing speakers who have worked on some of the biggest games in the world including John Romero, Eimear Noone and Brett Douville.
For more information see and follow @Games_Gathering

Career Zoo West – September 2017

Career Zoo is going West!

Having held our last 12 events in Dublin, Career Zoo has decided to shake things up. We’re packing our bags and bringing Career Zoo to Galway Racecourse on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

Career Zoo is an unmissable opportunity for employers who are looking to meet and network with Ireland’s brightest talent. 78% of candidates at Career Zoo are experiences professionals, looking for opportunities in the tech, bio pharma and professional services industries.


Employers will also be able to digitally exchange vital information with candidates, including CVs, using the latest in event networking technology.

Want to see what the West has to offer? Contact Brian now to book your space: or 01-679 2042.

For more information check out our website or follow us on twitter or facebook.

Coolaney Mountain Bike

Multi-million Euro Funding Boost For West of Ireland Tourism Projects

Outdoor recreation in Ireland is to get an €11m boost, with funding now allocated for projects coming under the government’s Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme for this year. The West of Ireland has done particularly well with all counties benefiting including some large infrastructure projects in Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim.

The grants awarded will go to a mix of smaller local measures, with grants of up to €10,000 each (Measure 1), and larger projects will have a significant national or regional impact (Measure 3), receiving grants of €100,000 to €1m.

Winning West: Where the Funding is Going

In Sligo almost one million euro in funding has been announced for out-door recreation facilities, including a grant of €840,285 for Coolaney National Mountain Biking Centre.
The funding for Coolaney National Mountain Bike Trail will facilitate the development of this amenity, and will provide for its connectivity with other major initiatives, including the Wild Atlantic Way and the Sligo Way Walking Routes.

Leitrim County Council has been granted €1 million to complete a Greenway and Cycleway from Carrick-on-Shannon along the river Shannon to Drumshanbo. The plan is to have a connected water and land based track from Carrick-on-Shannon through Leitrim Village to Lough Allen in Drumshanbo, giving visitors the option of services on either end with links to other greenways, walks and activities along the route.Carrick on Shannon Blueway

County Mayo is to get iconic way-mark way as part of €11m investment; the Clew Bay Trail is to get €984,000.

In Roscommon the Miners Way and Historical Trail got €5,520, Doon Shore amenity, Lough Key, Boyle got €10,000 and Killukin Cascade Waterfall in Carrick-on-Shannon will receive €8,000.

Donegal has been allocated €66k for rural recreation projects designed to maintain and improve outdoor facilities in the county, it has been revealed. Under this funding release outdoor recreation facilities in Ballybofey, Glenties, Termon, Urris, Glencolmcille, Ballyarr, Letterkenny and others will benefit.”

Statistics from Fáilte Ireland show that in 2014 close to 1.2 million visitors to Ireland took part in hiking or cross-country walking, spending about €915m in the Irish economy during their stay, while 286,000 visitors took part in cycling activities with a related spend of some €268m. The two sectors generated revenue for the economy of €1.2 billion.

Shopify looks to hire 100 support staff in West Ireland with the help of IDA Ireland

Galway, Ireland – July 14, 2017 – Shopify Inc., the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses came to Galway, Ireland two years ago to establish a strong and robust support team in Ireland. Known as “Gurus,” Shopify’s Irish support staff are all remote workers, meaning they can work wherever they want.

Welcoming the announcement, Tánaiste and Minister for  Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald TD said, “I’m very impressed by Shopify’s innovative business model whereby the staff are not based in a central office but can work from home and it is great news that they are creating 100 new jobs.  This is a really exciting, innovative, company, which is paving the way for more flexible and family friendly forms of working. Their rapid growth in Ireland is a true vote of confidence in what Ireland has to offer cutting edge companies.”

“We’ve seen the benefits of remote culture and how it can be utilised to rejuvenate the west of Ireland and counties like Galway,” said John Riordan, Director of Support, Ireland at Shopify.

Caitriona Foley has experienced the benefits of working from home first hand. She runs a successful award-winning wedding planning business called True Romance Weddings, while raising a young family and working for Shopify as a Customer Success Guru.

“I joined Shopify in October 2016 and have honestly never had a job like it. I’m a mum of one tenacious toddler and in my spare time I run a wedding planning and stationery business, but also needed a full time job that would pay the bills,” shares Caitriona “Working at home for Shopify, allows me to meet new challenges every day, get more time with my son and avoid traffic jams while commuting. The company genuinely looks after its employees with great benefits and encouragement towards professional development. They recognise that happy employees produce better results.”

CEO of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan said, “Over the last two years Shopify has championed a truly transformative style of employment across the west of Ireland with all Irish staff working remotely from home. I am delighted that this platform has proven to be such a huge success and is reinvesting in its Irish operations. This IDA Ireland supported investment is an important endorsement of the talent which is available right across the West Ireland.”

Shopify Ireland has grown from a team of of 50 to more than 150, the majority based remotely across Galway county. The company now plans to hire up to 100 people in the next 12 months, with a start date as early as August 21, 2017.

Shopify is currently hiring and looking for people interested in supporting business development, commerce and entrepreneurship. To learn more, contact

European Union names Ireland’s Northern and Western Region as Entrepreneurial Region 2018

The European Union will tomorrow (WEDNESDAY) name Ireland’s Northern and Western region as European Entrepreneurial Region 2018, recognising the ‘enormous strides’ the region has taken to foster entrepreneurship and reverse decades of decline.

The award, to be made a ceremony in Brussels, is a huge boost for a region, the EU’s Committee of the Regions said, that has developed policies that are transforming the area ‘from adversity to advantage’, making it one of the most resilient and ambitious places in Europe.

The European Entrepreneurial Region 2018 designation will be marked with a series of keynote events and initiatives all through next year to support and build on existing and new job creation projects and innovation across the Northern and Western region.

The award comes at a crucial time for the region as looks for ways to insulate itself from the unpredictable impacts of Brexit and offer an alternative economic focal point to Dublin and the east coast.

Commenting, Mr. Marc Kiwitt of the Committee of the Regions, the EU’s assembly of Regional and Local Representatives, said: “The European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) is a project that identifies and rewards EU regions and cities which show an outstanding and innovative entrepreneurial policy strategy, irrespective of their size, wealth and competences. The Northern and Western Region must be congratulated on the successful achievement for 2018.”

In 2015, Northern Ireland was named European Entrepreneurial region. Other previous winners have included cities such as Glasgow, Barcelona and Lisbon. All have used the year to establish successful programmes and schemes to encourage innovation and job creation.

David Minton, director of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly (NWRA) today accepted the award on behalf of the NWRA region which comprises seven counties; they are Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Cavan.

He said: “This is an amazing honour and an opportunity for a part of Ireland that has been traditionally marginalised to emerge stronger and more attractive as a place to live and work for our young people, a viable alternative to living on the hugely overburdened east coast.

“The past eight years has seen regional and national policy invest in innovation; invest in people; and invest in education.  Eight years ago, employment levels in the construction industry were decimated due to economic stagnation. Out of this stagnation has emerged a commitment not to repeat the mistakes of the past’. In committing to resilience and investing in sustainability, this region has become truly entrepreneurial.”

Ian Brannigan, CEO, WDC said this spirit of entrepreneurship was driven by the efforts of a collaborative alliance to nurture regional entrepreneurship. This included unique offerings like the WDC western investment fund ( which has supported 2700 jobs ), innovative regional promotion platforms (, a regional focus and a network of collaborative Local Enterprise Offices supporting over 45,000 businesses. The concept of ‘entrepreneurship as a career’ has also come from smart programmes such as Young Entrepreneur of the Year and New Frontiers, Enterprise Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme for innovative, early-stage startups.

The Government has warmly welcomed the award. Commenting today, Minster for Community and Rural Affairs Michael Ring TD said: “For me this award is about recognizing the risk taker – from entrepreneurs, to small business owners and indigenous enterprises growing in scale. The Northern and Western region is now finally being recognised as one of the most vibrant, responsive and entrepreneurial places in Europe. Innovative and creative entrepreneurs across the region have led the way for young people, inspired a generation and now are operating at a global level; all from the west of Ireland. This is just one example reflected in every corner of this region.”

“2018 will be an incredible opportunity to celebrate entrepreneurship as a career – not just for some people but an opportunity for everyone. Ireland has produced some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and business people. They are in every sector and industry. This award is another opportunity to tell their story.”

For more information, contact Ciaran Byrne at StoryLab on 01 685 3029 or 086 173 9523.

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SeaFest 2017 nets 101,000 visitors

Ireland’s national maritime festival SeaFest attracted 101,113 visitors to Galway Harbour during the three day event, generating €6.3 million for the city.

The figures, just released show a phenomenal 68% growth in attendance in just one year. Last year SeaFest saw 60,000 visitors attend the festival in Galway, and in 2015, its inaugural year, it netted 10,000 visitors.

Dr John Killeen, Chairman of the Marine Institute said, “Our Ocean Wealth Summit and SeaFest 2017 have both exceeded our expectations in terms of attendance and also for creating public awareness of the immense marine resources which are abundant around the island of Ireland. We are now, as a country, beginning to become more aware of the potential wealth that can be generated by our seas. SeaFest offers a platform to engage the public in the importance of our seas and the contribution to our local and national economy.”

Figures released by SEMRU at Our Ocean Wealth Summit, held as part of SeaFest on Friday 30 June, show that Ireland’s ‘blue economy’ is performing better than the general economy. The figures indicate that the direct economic value of Ireland’s ocean economy was €1.8 billion or approximately 0.9% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, which represents a 20% increase on 2014 levels.

On a local level SeaFest 2017 generated €6.3 million in direct income for the city’s tourism industry. Accommodation, restaurants and other businesses across Galway benefited from the huge influx of people that descended on Galway Harbour over the weekend.

Galway City Council’s Mayor Pearce Flannery said, “SeaFest was a spectacular success and once again shows Galway’s unrivalled capacity to hold national and international maritime events. Galway has enormous potential to become a leader in the marine world, given it is home to The Marine Institute and The Ryan Institute at NUI Galway, and its natural harbour which is a magnificent resource for the city.”

Speaking about the success of SeaFest, Dr. Peter Herffernan said: “This festival would not have been possible without the huge support from a wide range of local, regional and national agencies who came together to plan and stage this largescale event. Our festival volunteers also played an important role in making SeaFest 2017 one to remember.”

seafestGalway Harbour was transformed into a giant interactive ‘sea world’ for the three day festival and the waterfront was awash with non-stop activities and entertainment for those of all ages. All the events taking place during SeaFest were all free for festival-goers. Crowds got to enjoy thrilling performances and breath-taking aerial acrobatics in the heart of the harbour from World’s Ladies Flyboard champion Kristen Smoyer and New Zealand’s Beau Weston. Free sailing and kayaking was on offer and the Irish Sailing Association also offered disabled access for budding sailors over the weekend. There were open tours available on a number of vessels in the ship filled harbour including the tall ship The Phoenix, the Irish naval vessel LÉ Ciara, the Commissioners of Irish Lights Granuaile and the Marine Institute’s research vessel the RV Celtic Explorer.

The huge display from the Defence Forces was popular with the young and young at heart. BIM and Bord Bia’s Seafood Experience featured live cookery and fishmongery demonstrations, as well as interactive exhibits and displays of live fish and shellfish species. Marine-inspired entrepreneurs based in the West of Ireland shared their stories in the Marquee. Children got creative with the art and craft workshops in the dedicated Kids Zone, and enjoyed storytelling sessions, face painting and marine-art installations. Roving seafaring entertainment from sword-fighting pirates and giant sea themed puppets also added to the exciting carnival atmosphere. SeaFest 2017 also extended to the Latin Quarter, Salthill and Rusheen Bay, and The Wild Atlantic – Sea Science gallery at Galway City Museum, and an exhibition on polar explorer Roald Amundsen at NUI Galway, was also part of the festival line-up.

SeaFest returns to Galway June 29th to July 1st 2018

Taoiseach visit Seafest

Taoiseach attends SeaFest 2017

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD was welcomed to Galway for Ireland’s biggest and most spectacular maritime festival, SeaFest 2017.

‪The Taoiseach greeted festival-goers and enjoyed the huge range of activities and entertainment taking place in Galway Harbour and Docks, on the second day of the event.

‪The Taoiseach toured scientific vessels and was entertained by the aerial acrobatics from PowerFly’s world champion flyboarders swirling in the air on pump-powered jet packs in the heart of the harbour.

He was also greeted by the Port of Galway Sea Scouts, viewed Saor Bad/Boatbuilders demonstrations and spoke with marine-inspired entrepreneurs in the Marquee.

‪Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD said, “I am delighted to be in Galway for SeaFest, a great festival that celebrates Ireland’s maritime heritage and raises awareness about the opportunities provided by our ocean. I really enjoyed seeing the ships, seafood displays, water sports and marine science exhibitions. The West of Ireland will benefit greatly from our growing marine economy.”

‪Thousands flocked to Galway Harbour to take part in the packed programme of free, family friendly activities and entertainment. SeaFest is expected to attract between 100,000 over the three days of the festival.

‪The festival showcases Galway as a leading maritime centre, and the west of Ireland is expected to benefit greatly from Ireland’s blue economy, which is estimated to be worth more than €6 billion by 2020.

‪As well as tours of famous ships, and world-champion flyboarders, festival-goers also took to the water, taking advantage of the free sailing and kayaking sessions on offer. The Irish Sailing Association is also offering disabled access for budding sailors over the weekend.

‪The three-day festival includes a seafood showcase from BIM and Bord Bia, as well as live cookery and fishmonger demonstrations from some of Ireland’s top chefs. Defence Force Displays, RNLI and Coast Guard air and sea shows were also part of the festival line-up.

‪Children were kept busy creating sea creatures at art and craft workshops, storytelling sessions and touch tank displays. Roving entertainment from bungling buccaneers, comic fisherman and giant angel fish and pirate puppets.

‪The maritime festival also features The Wild Atlantic – Sea Science, a new marine science gallery at Galway City Museum, and a unique exhibition on polar explorer Roald Amundsen at NUI Galway. Festivities also extend across Galway, with activities in the Latin Quarter, Salthill and Rusheen Bay.