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Easter Street Feast sees thousands flock to Galways westend

A Ravens Street Feastival down Galways westend

After its inaugural first year in 2017, The westend Street Feast returned to Ravens Terrace on Easter Bank Holiday Monday 22 April with some of the areas best loved restaurants popping up as part of the Easter Celebrations.

The Street Feast saw over 2,500 people enjoy the sunshine, live music and of course food offering of all the vendors. The event kicked off at 11am and Galways westend teamed up with Walsh Waste to make this a biodegradable and compostable festival, using eco packaging and take away materials.

galway street feastRavens Terrace was closed off to traffic completely and there was live music a Gramophone installation from sculptor Donnacha Cahill and face painting. This is a really family friendly day in the westend that aims to encourage people to cross the bridge and enjoy all that is going on in this much-loved area of Galway.

The Street Feast  vendors all completely sold out as people sampled the delights of Dela Restaurant, Gourmet Tart, Handsome Burger, Hooked on Henry Street, Salthouse , Massimo Bar, Monroes, BoTown, Avo Nice Day and Marcos Crisps, Fresh Juices from the Galway Markey, Danny Doughnuts and Merci Beaucoup Pastries as well as Daisy Bowl Florists who was on hand to provide her insider knowledge on all things flowers and potted plants.

The next westend summer festival will run all day Monday 3rd June.

To see all the photos and to keep up to date with Galways westend simply connect through social media platforms.

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Rent the Runway Announces 150 New Jobs for Galway

Rent the Runway, Inc., the company that created the world’s first living, sustainable closet by enabling women to rent versus buy their clothing, has selected Galway for its first-ever international technology office.

The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

Recognising Ireland’s significant technology talent, Rent the Runway aims to hire 150 engineers and tech developers over the next three years.  The prospective team, to be based in the historic Claddagh area of Galway city centre, will tackle core technology challenges that are critical to Rent the Runway’s overall success and will influence the future of the next generation of services.

The new international office in Galway will enable the company to expand its engineering and product development footprint and new Rent the Runway employees will have the opportunity to launch or grow their careers across a number of roles in software engineering and development.

The centre in Galway will be the first operation for Rent the Runway outside of the US. The  privately owned company has five physical locations in the US, 11 million members, and 1,800 employees, 93% of whom are female, multiracial and/or minority. The company’s technology team is 45% female, and 80% of leaders at the company are women.

“We are thrilled to open our first-ever international office in Galway, where we’ve had overwhelming support from the Irish Government and the IDA. From the start, it was clear that Galway was the perfect location for our new office – the city has an atmosphere of creativity,  mirrors Rent the Runway’s cultural values, and excitingly, will be the European Capital of Culture in 2020,” said Rent the Runway Chief Technology Officer, Josh Builder. “There’s an incredible opportunity to tap into the growing STEM talent in the region, and we’re eager to begin establishing our Irish footprint.”

Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD welcomed today’s announcement, saying: “I am delighted to see Rent the Runway choose the West of Ireland to open their first ever international office and create 150 new high-tech jobs. Galway City will be a natural fit for this innovative, progressive and creative company. Ireland warmly welcomes new firms in niche, highly skilled areas and Rent the Runway will join a growing number of disruptive companies based here. I wish them well for the future.”

Rent the Runway, headquartered in New York City, was founded in 2009 by Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss as an answer to the modern woman’s desire for constant newness by offering a rotating wardrobe that is also a smart, sustainable choice. RTR pioneered the ‘living closet’ and believes that women everywhere will soon have a subscription to fashion, making renting an indispensable utility. With its most engaged subscribers wearing rented clothing more than 120 days per year, Rent the Runway is changing the way women get dressed every day.

The team in Galway will be undertaking in-house software development unique to RTR as well as supporting US operations by working on existing technological activity supporting RTR’s mobile and desktop platform through which new and current users and subscribers access their services. The Irish teams will also be working on projects to expand and enable RTR’s unique fulfilment network, leverage data science to bring personalization and insight to all aspects of RTR’s systems, and experiment with new data driven applications. The team will work hand-in-hand with the US-based R&D teams.

Rent the Runway’s Galway office will be temporarily located at the Portershed. The company expects to relocate to a more permanent home late Summer 2019 at the newly-renovated Piscatorial School building, a prime waterfront location overlooking the Claddagh in Galway City Centre.

The company has built and operates the world’s largest technology powered dry-cleaning facility and reverse logistics operation, with sophisticated automation and a complex back-end system that powers the ecosystem of rental reservations, returns processing, order fulfillment, and the overall customer experience. All technology and logistics to power the operation is built in-house.

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is an excellent investment by this leading, innovative company from the US East Coast. Galway, with its vibrant and growing technology ecosystem, is proving a most attractive location for investment and Rent the Runway choosing to locate its first-ever international technology office here will further enhance that reputation. It is also an endorsement of the confidence tech companies have in finding the right talent in the West. Rent the Runway will be a key reference seller for us in attracting further tech and consumer brand activity.  This project from Rent the Runway is very much in line with IDA Ireland’s strategic objective to attract increased levels of investments to regional locations and the 150 jobs being created will be of substantial benefit to the economy of the city and West region. I wish RTR all the best as it begins this exciting new phase of its international development.”

In March, Rent the Runway announced its largest investment to-date, of $125 million, bringing the valuation of the company to $1 billion. The company has been recognized by CNBC as the 9th most disruptive company in the world and as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies.

For more information on the new roles, please visit Rent the Runway’s job posting site.

About Rent the Runway
Rent the Runway is transforming the way modern women get dressed and disrupting the $2.4 trillion global fashion industry by enabling women to rent, versus buy, clothing. Founded in 2009 with a vision to build the world’s first living closet, RTR believes that women everywhere will soon have a subscription to fashion. By creating a new model of dynamic ownership, RTR has made apparel rental an indispensable utility while also empowering women to feel their best every day. RTR carries apparel, accessories and home decor from over 600 designer partners and has built in-house proprietary technology and a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation.

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A Taste 4 Success with Galway Food Tours

How you too can develop a Food Tour Business in Ireland

The award-winning Galway food Tours is heading back to the classroom this May.  The Galway company in conjunction with Taste 4 Success Skillnet is launching a training programme that will teach you how to Develop a Food Tour Business.

The program of work will cover a range of food and business-related topics. The course will provide an in-depth analysis of what a food tour business is, how it runs and what are the professional and personal traits required to translate the success of the Galway Food Tours business model to other parts of Ireland.

The course will outline the process of setting up a food tour business, it’s operational details, nature the business and opportunities created through the local and national food and beverage scene.

If you have an entrepreneurial like-spirit and have dreamed of starting your own business working with food and people, this is the course for you.

“We are looking for a ‘People Person’ with strong connections, passion and knowledge of local foods, producers and businesses. We are looking for people who have a knowledge of local history, telling stories and who can showcase the Irish Culture,” said Gosia Letowska of Galway Food Tours.

“There are so many elements to running any small business now but with Food Tours is really need to be a good communicator with excellent people skills, able to engage a group of tourists, domestic or international customers. You should have a creative personality, think outside the box and have a flair for business, marketing and social media, “explained Sheena Dignam of Galway Food Tours.

Bridie Corrigan-Matthews of Taste4success said, “This course has been created to attract candidates looking at taking back control of their lives. People who are unemployed, motivated, curious and have a sparkle for adventure who want to get back into the workforce.”

A Taste for success, developing a Food Tour Business will run on 7, 14, 21, 28 May and the 4th June at the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Galway.

This course is fully funded by Skillnet, but there will be an interview process in order to attend. For more information or to book your spot contact Breda on 043 6687289 or email info@taste4success.ie.

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Valeo to create 50 jobs in Galway in €44m investment

March 13th 2019. Tuam, Co. Galway. Valeo, today announced it is to invest €44M in a major RD&I investment programme, which will build on the Group’s strong capability in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and position them at the forefront of developments in autonomous vehicles. This investment will lead to the creation of 50 new R&D roles over the next three years, which will see its Irish R&D centre grow to over 500 people and become one of the largest R&D facilities in Ireland.

Speaking about the investment Marc Vrecko, Valeo Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems Business Group President, said: “Our facility in Tuam is one of the leading Research centres in the Group. With the support of IDA Ireland, Valeo continues to have a sustained and rewarding  investment in Ireland. We are very excited about the announcement today to further expand our footprint here to build on the proven innovation in Product and Process R&D. The investment will help fuel the global growth of the Vision Product Line and extend Valeo as global leader for ADAS systems and related MaaS products.”

Minister of State for Rural Affairs & Natural Resources, Sean Canney TD, welcomed the announcement, saying: “Valeo is a substantial and valued employer in Tuam and indeed Galway and the West region and this announcement that VVS is to make a major investment in an RD&I programme is great news, demonstrating significant commitment by the company to the Tuam site as it positions itself at the leading edge of the development of autonomous vehicles. It also shows that global companies of the calibre of Valeo can find, in regional locations, the skilled workers they require, the necessary infrastructure and services and pro-business environment, to establish and grow their operations. I wish Vice President Fergus Moyles and his team continued success here.” 

IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is an exciting project, focused on new emerging and disruptive advances in Autonomous Vehicles. As a technology leader in autonomous technologies, with a global remit, Valeo is helping in the development of a cluster in Ireland around AV. This project will add significant value to the company’s operations in Tuam and will benefit Tuam, Galway and the West region substantially.”

More information about Valeo

Valeo is an automotive supplier at the heart of the 3 revolutions shaping the automotive industry: autonomous car, electrification of the powertrain and digital mobility. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of autonomous and connected car. . In 2018, the Group generated sales of 19.3 billion euros and invested 13% of its original equipment sales in Research and Development.

At December 31, 2018, Valeo had 186 plants, 21 research centers, 38 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employed 113,600 people in 33 countries worldwide. Valeo is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.

More information about Valeo R&D centre in Tuam

Valeo is the global market leader and supplier of choice for sensors, including vision cameras and ADAS systems. Their Automotive cameras act as the eyes of the vehicle, which together with their advanced software algorithms and artificial intelligence enable the vehicle to make the right decision while driving.

The R&D centre in Tuam is the Group’s worldwide reference centre for vision systems. The site includes a state of the art production facility alongside an R&D Centre of Excellence with responsibility for the development and manufacture of automotive camera vision systems for global markets.

Products developed by the R&D centre in Tuam are also in production across the world at Valeo sites in Germany, Hungary, Mexico and China in line with Group’s strategy to serve automotive customers locally.

Valeo is a major employer in the West region, with a total workforce of over 1,000 people. The 450 strong R&D centre consists of many highly skilled engineers and scientists across a range of disciplines, working on the latest technologies in Artificial intelligence and Deep Learning, for application at the cutting edge of advancements in autonomous vehicles

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Top 10 Things To Do In The West For St Patrick’s Day 2019

It’s one of the biggest days in the calendar and a day for Irish people at home and abroad to celebrate our culture, identity and heritage.

But St Patrick’s Day is so much more than that.

We give you the rundown on the ‘Top 10 Things to do in the West of Ireland this St Patrick’s weekend’. 

1. Sunrise and Pipe Bands (17th March)

For traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day festivities there’s no place like Achill on the rugged west coast of Ireland. In many villages on Achill there is a tradition of pipe bands, and on St. Patrick’s Day these colourful and compelling bands play a central role in celebrations.

From a 6am reveille, the bands march for most of the day – surely one of the longest St Patrick’s Day parades anywhere. For visitors, a thoroughly enjoyable day can be had following the Achill pipe bands, pausing for refreshments of course and taking time to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Achill Island. In the evening, traditional and modern entertainment is offered in many of the local hotels and pubs.

This schedule allows visitors and spectators to join the bands for a while and then to explore Achill’s other attractions – for the active visitor these include watersports, golf or hillwalking, while for the more relaxed visitor there are always the restaurants and bars to enjoy.

Celebrate Ireland’s national day in traditional style, and follow Achill’s pipe bands on their annual parades.

2019 Schedule:

8.00am – Dooagh Pipe Band starts. Molly’s, Keel West.
8.00am – Keel Pipe Band starts. Minaun View Bar, Keel.
8.30am – Pollagh Pipe Band starts. Dooagh NS, Dooagh.
8.45am – Dookinella Pipe Band starts. Achill Head Hotel, Pollagh.
9.00am – Afreann Gaeilge (Mass in Irish). St. Patrick’s Church, Pollagh.
10am – all bands play. St. Patrick’s Church, Pollagh.
10.30am – begin march from Pollagh to Dookinella.
12noon – Mass @ Dookinella Church.
1pm – bands play individually, then collectively. Dookinella church. Bands then commence march back to their own villages.

>> AchillTourism.com

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2. Galway’s St Patrick’s Day Parade  (17th March)

2019 marks the 117th anniversary of the Galway St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The iconic fountain in Eyre Square will even turn green as part of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations.  The Parade will start at 11.30am and finish at approximately 1.00pm.

This year’s route is changed to previous years. The Parade will start at 11.30am from NUIG and wind its way down University Road, over Salmon Weir Bridge, up Eglington Street street, and past the viewing stand in Eyre Square finishing at approximately 1 pm on Bothar Na mBan.

Macnas will be bringing their magic to the Galway St Patrick’s Day Parade for 2019. Macnas Artistic Director is delighted to showcase next generation Macnas; the Macnas drumming troupe aged 15 -19 which will be led, under the stewardship of Éimhín Cradock and Debbie Wright, will perform a celebration of the dance between shadow and light to the city streets.

They will be joined by the Macnas Young Ensemble, led by Miquel Barcelo, who will bring a performance inspired by the animal energy in flight and fight with the human spirit. This troupe will pioneer new beats on the street with the Macnas signature high octane performance.

Costume will be designed by Cherie White, makeup by Michelle Ruane. >> galwaytourism.ie/event/St-Patricks-Festival

3. May The Road Rise To Meet You (17th March)

St. Patrick’s Day, with a difference in South Sligo as athletes will once again take to the roads for the Tubbercurry St. Patrick’s Day 10K Road Race.

The first ever Tubbercurry 10K road race was planned for St. Stephen’s Day but was postponed due to snow and ice. It was rescheduled for St. Patrick’s Day 1973 and ever since it has become an annual fixture in the running calendar. Last year saw 375 runners take to the streets of Tubbercurry. >> facebook.com/SouthSligoAthletic/

4. Go Native in Donegal (17th March)

Since 2005, the people of Burtonport, Co Donegal, and surrounding areas have hosted a celebration of Irish culture on St Patrick’s day.

St Patrick’s Day 2019 will see the 15th annual community celebration of Irish culture take place between 12 – 2 at St Columbas Community Centre in Burtonport, Co Donegal.

This is an indoor event suitable for all the family. The event, which has become an annual fundraiser for 3 local causes – The Local Lifeboat fund, St Columbas Community Centre & The Burtonport Festival is packed out each year with individuals coming from far and wide to enjoy some Irish Stew, traditional music, Irish dancing, marching bands, taditional games, children’s FREE raffles & art and craft, refreshments and much much more.

Entry to the event is BY DONATION and we do encourage you to bring some money to take part in the raffles that will be going on throughout the day. >> facebook.com/St-Patricks-Day-celebration-of-Irish-Culture-319144684795563/

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5. Join Ireland’s friendliest place for the Ennis St Patrick’s Day parade

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of the Clare County Capital on Sunday, 17 March for the 2019 Ennis St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

This year there will be prizes awarded for the entrants that provide the “Most Musical & Colourful Spectacle” (1st Prize – €500, 2nd Prize – €300, 3rd Prize – €200).

The parade commences at 11.00am from Clare County Council’s Headquarters at Áras Contae an Chláir before proceeding via New Road, Newbridge Road, Club Bridge, Abbey Street, O’Connell Square, O’Connell Street, with participants finishing in the grounds of the Holy Family School, Station Road. >> clarecoco.ie/services/arts-recreation/news/countdown-to-2019-ennis-st-patrick-s-day-parade.html

6. See the Quaker City String Band at Kiltimagh St Patrick’s Week festival:

Since 1989 in Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, St. Patricks day has evolved to become a week-long celebration of Irish tradition and culture.

The Quaker City String Band from Philadelphia has visited Kiltimagh for the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on many occasions, adding to the international flavour and colour of the week.

Visiting bands from Europe also join with various Irish Bands to create a fun-filled festival for everyone.

The highlight of the festival is the parade, and with over 40 floats and many bands, our St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the biggest and best in the West. 3pm, Sunday 17 March >> facebook.com/pg/kiltimaghtourismfestivals/

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7. Join Sligo’s ‘Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Leprechauns World Record’ attempt

Sligo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the only event which has run in Sligo every year since 1971.

2019 celebrates 49 years of Parades in Sligo Town! This year It’ll be Leprechauns-a-Go-Go on the Sunday streets of Sligo when the St. Patrick’s Day Parade joins with local volunteers in an attempt at the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Leprechauns World Record. it’s time for a new World Champion Town of Leprechauns and is calling on everyone attending this year’s Sligo parade to come dressed in a leprechaun costume. >> sligostpatricksday.com/

8. Fun for all the family at Boyle’s St Patrick’s Day Parade

Boyle St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2019 will start at 3:30pm on Sunday 17th March. If people would like to enter a float, please assemble out in Mockmoyne for registration at 2:30. Best float wins €500. facebook.com/Boyle-St-Patricks-Day-Parade-1041573416026164/

9. Carrick on Shannon’s St Patrick’s Day Parade 2019

The lovely people of Leitrim can attend the Carrick on Shannon parade on Sunday 17th March starting at 12.45pm. mycarrick.ie/428/St+Patrick’s+Day+Parade

10. For something different: Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

On Monday 19th of March at 3 pm at the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, enjoy the wonderful anarchic work of children’s favourite Roald Dahl with storyteller and artist Wayne O’Connor as famous fairy tales are reimagined in a suitably revolting manner. >> hawkswell.com/events/event/roald-dahls-revolting-rhymes

 

Double Victory at the Hills of Connemara 

Unpredictable spring weather has really shown us her smile at the Gaelforce Mountain Run in partnership with John West this weekend in Leenane, Co. Galway. After thunder and lightning in the early hours of the morning, things calmed down for the race. The Mountain Run offered spectacular views of Connemara and gave runners unique access to some of the most stunning peaks in the region.

With trail running and mountain running taking the world by storm the Gaelforce Mountain Run lived up the promise of a tailored race to fit a wide audience from novice mountain runner to experts with many competitors coming over from Europe and America.

The Gaelforce Mountain Run proved an amazing event for runners of many levels, offering three difficulties – 12km Introductory, 13km Intermediate, 22km Expert.

The 22km Expert route follows another ascent and a steep descent to keep it interesting. This distance is an UTMB qualifying race – The UTMB is Europe’s most prestigious trail running event through the Alps. Big congratulations to Ricki Wynne who claimed first price in the male category with a time of 2 hour 24 minutes. Rachel Nolan and Elizabeth Wheeler who finished the race together with a stunning time of 3 hours and 7 minutes. Both women decided to donate the prize money of 250 Euro to the Galway Rape Crisis Centre in honour of International Women’s day.

The 13km Intermediate offered stunning views from various peeks varying from 320 to 562 meters in elevation. Bernadette O’Neill was the first female over the finish line at 1 hour 54 mins and Aidan Buckley came first in the male category at 1hour 44 mins.

The 12km Introductory Mountain/Trail Run saw Vernon Walsh take first place in the male with a time of 1 hour and 3 minutes and Emer O’Connell being the fasted woman on the route with 1 hour and 13 mins.

As well as taking part in the event, participants, especially from overseas, had a great time exploring the West of Ireland and took in some of the famous sights between Clifden and Westport such as Kylemore and the Connemara National Park during this spring weekend.

You can find out more on www.gaelforceevents.com/en/gaelforce-mountain-run-info

 

Wrap Fund Development Loan

A development loan of up to €15,000 is available to support the development of a feature film, television drama, animation or game at any stage from treatment to pre-production.

Who Can Apply?
A WRAP development loan is available to teams where at least one Producer/Developer has a company located/established in the Region (Clare, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo).

The team must have:

  • For Feature Film/Television/Animation: a Producer(s) and Writer(s) attached. A Director(s) must be attached in the case of a documentary but is not mandatory in other genres.
  • For Games: a Developer(s), Designer(s) and Programmer(s) attached.
  • an eligible project in the English or Irish language that they wish to develop or co-develop;
  • have secured clear access to the necessary rights in any material that is to be adapted for the screen.
How to Apply

Please ensure that you have consulted the relevant WRAP Development Funding Guidelines (Film/Television/Animation or Games) in advance of a submission.

Applicants wishing to apply for Games development funding are asked to complete the application form and submit along with the requirements by email to wrap@galwayfilmcentre.ie by 5pm on Friday 08th March 2019. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Please note that a new deadline for WRAP Development Funding  (Film/Television/Animation) will be published shortly. 

WRAP Development Funding Guidelines (Games)
WRAP Development Funding Application Form (Games)

WRAP Development Funding Application Form
WRAP Development Funding Guidelines (Film/Television/Animation)

 

The Hills of Connemara are Being Conquered Again

With spring in the air, the outdoors is calling again. Gaelforce Mountain Run in partnership with John West is kicking of the season on March 9th in Leenane, Co. Galway. This run offers spectacular views of Connemara and gives runners unique access to some of the most stunning peaks in the region.

With trail running and mountain running taking the world by storm the Gaelforce Mountain Run promises a tailored race to fit a wide audience from novice mountain runner to experts with many competitors coming over from Europe and the United Kingdom.

For anyone new to mountain running, the 12km Introductory Mountain/Trail Run is the best place to start. This is the perfect event for anyone wanting to bring a new dimension to their running.

Next up is the 13km Intermediate which offers stunning views from various peeks varying from 320 to 562 meters in elevation. The 22km Expert route follows another ascent and a steep descent to keep it interesting. This distance is an UTMB qualifying race – The UTMB is Europe’s most prestigious trail running event through the Alps.

Sheila Kilduff, who took part in 2018, sums it up nicely: “This is a gem in the events calendar – just you, the elements and a few other mad people who love running in the hills. No trails or tracks, just nature in front or you!”

As well as taking part in the event, it is a great time of year to explore the West of Ireland and to take in some of the famous sights between Clifden and Westport such as Kylemore and the Connemara National Park.

You can find out more on www.gaelforceevents.com/en/gaelforce-mountain-run-info

 ‘Angel Investing in High Potential Enterprises, is it for you?’

‘Angel Investing in High Potential Enterprises, is it for you??. Event takes place in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris, Co. Mayo on 6th March, 2019 at 5.30pm. This training seminar and networking event is aimed at increasing the number of private / angel investors regionally, particularly female investors, and provides an introduction to angel / private investing and crowdfunding.  At the event, speakers and experts will talk about their experiences of angel investing, both as investors and investees, leveraging their networks and the experience of private investment and syndicate investment groups.

This is an ESIL (Empowering Early Stage Investors Launchpad) event run in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Offices in Mayo, Galway and Roscommon and supported by WestBIC, HBAN, WDC and the Empower Programme.

 

https://www.europeanesil.eu/

https://www.localenterprise.ie/

 

Agenda:

  • Networking and Refreshments
  • Introductions – John Magee, Mayo LEO / Ultan Faherty, ESIL/HBAN
  • Keynote speaker – Victoria Hernandez of the Early Stage Investing Launchpad (ESIL) on ‘Angel Investing in High Potential Enterprises, is it for you?’
  • Fidelma McGuirk of Payslip – Investee’s perspective on the investment process
  • Company Pitches
  • Conclusion
  • Close and Networking

Victoria Hernandez Profile

If you wish to attend then please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/angel-investing-in-high-potential-enterprises-is-it-for-you-tickets-55572690413

 

 

 

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Walking in Autisms shoes – Annual Menlo Walk taking place this February

The annual 5 mile Menlo Walk in aid of Ability West will take place on Sunday 10th February and will start at 12 noon from Scoil Bhríde Menlo, Galway City.

This popular event which will celebrate its 12th year has raised in the region of close to €80,000 for Ability West and is open to everyone. The walk is organised by the Kelly Family whose youngest child Andrew has Autism.

Since turning 18 Andrew has transferred to the adult services of Ability West. Andrew receives a day service from New Directions and a respite service, both in Galway City. These support services are vital to him and to the family.

“The transition for Andrew has been seamless from child to adult service with Ability West. Andrew is very happy in himself and it was definitely down to forward-planning and an eased move from services that has Andrew in such a good happy, relaxed place, “Explained Ray Kelly, Andrew’s Dad and Chairman of the Board of Ability West.

The Menlo Walk is one example of an important event where much-needed funds are raised for Ability West. All of the proceeds raised for and on behalf of Ability West from the Menlo Walk will be used towards their ongoing capital programme which includes new builds, extension, and refurbishments of existing buildings, the purchase of essential aids, appliances, specialised equipment, and minibusses.

“The walk is a huge part of our year but also it’s all about community. The Menlo community, our friends and friends of friends who come each year and support us and Ability West. We are so delighted to have raised close to €80,000. There is tea, coffee and loads of cakes and bakes afterwards, so even if walking isn’t your thing, you can reward yourself with a slice of cake for your effort if nothing else,” said Brega Kelly, Andrew’s Mum, and co-organiser of the Menlo Walk.

Ability West is a voluntary, not for profit organisation, set up by parents and friends, that provides services and supports to over 580 children and adults with an intellectual disability and autism in 13 locations with 58 centres located across Galway City and County. Ability West is also supported by local branches in communities throughout Galway City and County. These branches are made up of parents, friends and volunteers and they are greatly appreciated for the work they do. The Galway City branch is one of several branches of Ability West.

Services provided by Ability West include day, residential, respite, rehabilitative training, supports towards employment, active ageing, community support and multidisciplinary supports such as speech and language therapy, psychology, behaviour support, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social work. Ability West is also patron of four special schools located in Ballinasloe, Carraroe, Galway City and Tuam. It is only through the continued support and generosity of the public that they can continue to deliver high quality services well into the future.

A walking fee of €10 per person or €25 per family is payable on the day. For more information phone Ray on 087-7694153 or Brega on 087-6179886. Donations can also be made online through www.abilitywest.ie.