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Call-Out for Volunteers to participate in Armistice Day Memorial in Sligo

Armistice Day is commemorated every year on November 11th to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.

An estimated 5000 men from Sligo, (or of immediate Sligo origin) were volunteers during the Great War. Building on war records research by Sligo historian Simone Hickey currently details 602 of these men lost their lives during the conflict or subsequently because of the injuries they suffered. Five civilians including two women also perished.

Sligo’s Blue Raincoat Theatre company is now seeking men and women to join in their silent procession through Sligo town on November 11th. It will be a non-political event, no emblems, and non-militaristic in nature, a dignified community remembrance for the first time of 602 young men who were lost to Sligo in the First World War, 100 years on from the final moment of that conflict. Each participant in the walk will represent an individual casualty on the day. Women and men are welcome to walk.

How To Participate:

If you can take part the process is simple. Register at The Factory Performance Space on Saturday, November 10th from 10am – 6pm. You will be given the name and some historic details of the soldier you will represent on the walk, as well as a costume, and costume advice.

More on the Blue Raincoat Theatre Facebook Page

life is sligo

Sligo’s business community film promotes winning work/life balance in North West

A new mini-film is part of a campaign encouraging people to think of Sligo in a new way – as the perfect place to carve out a rewarding career and enjoy a great life.

The ‘Life is Sligo’ film combines footage from workplaces with gorgeous shots of the many places and locations where people work, eat, drink, exercise and unwind.

With Sligo enjoying something of ‘a moment’ in recent times thanks to positive jobs announcements, the film captures that sense of fresh possibility.

Life is Sligo was commissioned by Sligo Chamber of Commerce, with content agency StoryLab overseeing its making. Martina Durac and Julien Behal of Phoenix produced and directed the film. They brought in their long-time collaborator and IFTA-nominated cinematographer Paddy Jordan to shoot the film. Amongst other awards, Paddy has been nominated for his work on the hit RTE/BBC comedy ‘Young Offenders’.

The promo is accompanied by music from acclaimed club DJs ‘Brame and Hamo’ who are based in Berlin but are originally from Sligo. The pair had one of the dance hits of the summer with a track called ‘Roy Keane, which accompanies the promo.

‘Life is Sligo’ captures scenes from inside schools, colleges and numerous businesses– including shops, tech and pharma companies and start-ups in co-working hubs. Footage also includes the county’s stunning coastline, food and drink and entertainment as well as streetscapes and faces of the people who live there.

Commenting, Sligo Chamber of Commerce CEO Aidan Doyle said:

“People know Sligo is a lovely place to visit but people often ask, what is Sligo like as a place to work and live? The aim of the film is to showcase Sligo as a destination for people in search of challenging careers and that elusive work/life balance. With Life is Sligo, we have captured that mix. Sligo now offers jobs and skilled positions that once only ever existed in the bigger cities. We have an affordable lifestyle for people of all ages and stages of life, whether they are young single people, couples or families. Life is for living and Life is Sligo. It captures that perfectly. This film provides a modern snapshot of Sligo from a business perspective. It gives people a strong visual sense of the place that we are lucky to call home.”

Sligo Chamber of Commerce received support for the project from local agencies and employers. The film is available for use to anyone promoting Sligo.

Twitter: #LifeIsSligo

Top 10 Things to do in the West of Ireland this Halloween

Autumn is officially here; despite lamenting the passing of an incredible summer we are definitely enjoying the beautiful blue skies and mellow fruitfulness Autumn brings to the West.

With the October bank holiday and Halloween just around the corner, we thought it would be useful to highlight just some of the great festivals and events taking place across the West over the coming weeks.

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1. Westival, Westport Music and Arts Festival, Co Mayo

We are beyond excited to see the brilliant line-up for Westival (Westport Music and Arts Festival ) which in Westport, Co Mayo runs from Wednesday October 24 to Monday October 29, incorporating the Halloween Bank Holiday Weekend.

Westival takes pride in being an Autumnal-Halloween-festival of comfort, many of the events take place during the long evenings, around open hearths of softly-lit rooms, or during dusk where the imagination can play part in interpreting the world with magic and intrigue.

Le Galaxie and Lisa Hannigan lead the line-up for the first ‘Westival’ festival in County Mayo. 24-29 Oct, Westport Co Mayo. westival.ie

 

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2. Co Clare: Burren Food Fayre
The Burren Food Fayre kicks off for another year on October Bank Holiday weekend. With Food demos, Farmer’s Market, Burren Bellini & Best stall competition and delicious local, artisan and Wild Food. The theme for this years Fayre is “Taste Without Waste”. The Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna, 28 Oct burren.ie/event/burren-food-fayre-4/

3.  Galway City: Macnas Street Festival

The annual Hallowe’en parade by Macnas (who celebrate their 32nd anniversary this year), will take place on Sunday 28th October 2018 at approximately 5.30pm. The narrative theme of this year’s parade is ‘Out of the Wild Sky’ which celebrates the act of transformation being unleashed upon the city by bringing a world that is hypnotic, intoxicating, mysterious and filled with shadowy and noble things. Expect signature Macnas giant creations and sculptural images, pyrotechnics, bespoke costumes, and epic performances to live and original music. Street-hopping, traffic-stopping excitement and chaos will be orchestrated by the hundreds of performers from the Macnas Young Ensemble, Youth Ballet West, the Macnas Youth Drummers, The Hit Machine and the Public participation programme. Spectators are encouraged to wear costumes too. Galway City, 28 Oct, macnas.com

4. Sligo Town: Sligo Live Festival

Sligo Live celebrates folk, roots, and indie music. Over the years it has carved out a niche as a relaxed, intimate and enjoyable music festival, attracting visitors from all over Ireland and abroad. Sligo Live is one of the most relaxed, friendly and enjoyable music festivals in Europe, having hosted major international and Irish folk, roots and indie artists in intimate indoor venues for 12 years. Headliners this year include the Boomtown Rats, Lisa Hannigan and Saint Sister. Sligo, 24-29 Oct, sligolive.ie

5. ‘Gaeilge Galore ar an Turas Mór’, Sligo

Ceolteoirí Tireragh wishes to preserve and promote the Irish language by undertaking a bus tour of historical sites in the West Sligo region, with an emphasis on the Irish language throughout the journey and sites.

The ‘Gaeilge Galore ar on Turas Mor’ bus tour departs on Monday 29th October, leaving Dromore West Community Centre and visiting six historical sites in the West Sligo area. This event is free to join. Conversation takes place in Irish along the way, with information given at each site and refreshments and an Irish music and song session to end the event. Dromore West, Sligo, 29 Oct. To book a place call 086 876 5545 after 6pm.

carrowmore halloween6. Samhain Sunrise at Carrowmore, Co Sligo

Celebrate the changing of seasons with sunrise at Carrowmore Megalithic tombs in Sligo. The Carromore complex of passage graves dates back to 3,700 BC.

Samhain means Summers End and is also the start of Winter, which starts on November 1st.   The changing of the season is marked in Carrowmore; this is also the last day of our season. All are welcome on October 31, but you need to get there early. 31 Oct, Sligo. facebook.com/carrowmoreopw/

7. Haunted House at Westport House, Co Mayo

Are you ready to scare yourself silly this Halloween?!

Westport House will be hosting it’s annual Halloween Fest from 20th and 21st October as well as the 27th to the 31st of October from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Get ready for plenty of ghoulish delights, scary stories and creepy fun that all the family will be able to enjoy!

  • Head to the Haunted Estate House, transformed into a spooky old mansion for Halloween Fest.
  • Gather ‘round the cauldron for Scary Story Time, with wicked tales from the White Witch of Westport.
  • Brave souls can visit the dark dungeons, where the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley locked up her prisoners.
  • Carve a creepy pumpkin* and decorate some ghoulish goblin cakes at the Spooky Spoons Workshop.
  • Get your Michael Jackson zombie moves on at the Thriller Dance Class.

Westport House, Westport, Co Mayo westporthouse.ie/halloweenfest

8. Kinlough People’s Market, Co Leitrim

The Kinlough peoples Market is a new venture, and has had it’s first very successful market, but getting into the spirit of things they are now presenting a new Halloween Market, with their wide range of products shown and the ‘Fairy Forest’ for the kids it is a day out for all the Family.

With the Halloween market on the 28th of October, the market will continue on regularly on the last Sunday of each month. 28 Oct, Kinlough, Co Leitrim. facebook.com/kinloughpeoplesmarket/

9. Castle Adventure Open Farm Spook Fest, Co Donegal

Family Halloween Event at Castle Adventure Open Farm. Kids haunted House, Face painting, storytelling, spooky disco and much more.

No Booking Required.

lough key halloween10. Lough Key Halloween Spook Fest

A wide variety of fantastic activities will be running from 27th October – 2nd November for the whole family to enjoy this Halloween at Lough Key

All activities are open for the week with some being weather permitted

Join Lough Key this Halloween for the ‘Spoooky Scenes’ in the visitor centre, all the adventures at the Adventure Play Kingdom, the Tree Canopy Trial, the Zipit Forest Adventure, splashy fun at Lough Key Boat Tours and many more fun activities and adventures. An experience like no other for this Halloween. 27 Oct – 02 Nov. Lough Key Forest Park, Co Roscommon. loughkey.ie

 

 

 

Sligo

100 New Jobs in Sligo as Overstock to expand Development Centre

E-commerce and technology leader Overstock.com, Inc.announces plans to expand its European base in Sligo, Ireland, creating 100 new research and development roles and more than tripling the office’s current headcount.

The new full-time positions will include junior and senior roles in areas such as software development and testing, machine learning, and data analytics.

Overstock, which was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Utah, features a $2 billion online retail shopping website, as well as a wholly-owned blockchain accelerator subsidiary, Medici Ventures. The company has pioneered the development of disruptive technologies across several disciplines including e-commerce, machine learning, augmented reality, and blockchain.

Commenting, Overstock founder and CEO Dr. Patrick M. Byrne said, “Overstock has been at the forefront of developing technology to make our customers’ lives easier, and our Sligo tech teams have been crucial to that effort over the past five years. I’m excited to soon welcome so many more talented technologists from Ireland to the Overstock family.”

Welcoming the new expansion by Overstock, the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said, “I am delighted to see the expansion of Overstock and the creation of 100 highly skilled R&D jobs. It has been a tremendous year for Sligo in terms of enterprise development and this announcement reiterates the Government’s commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to ensure we have the right conditions in place to encourage the creation of quality jobs in the regions.”

CEO, IDA Ireland Martin Shanahan welcomed the announcement saying, “IDA is committed to winning investments for regional locations across Ireland and the North West Border Region is a key area of focus for us. It is great to see such an ambitious high-growth company like Overstock expanding their operations in Sligo. This significant expansion clearly illustrates the confidence Overstock has in the region’s talented workforce to drive the company’s international growth. This announcement comes on the back of a number of positive FDI investments for Sligo in recent months. I wish Overstock every success with its operations here and assure them of IDA Ireland’s continued support.”

Overstock established its Sligo office in 2013, and the facility currently employs 40 technologists. The location on the scenic Wild Atlantic Way was selected for the burgeoning tech community, easy access to outdoor activities, affordable cost of living, and easy commuting times, especially when compared to other centres such as Dublin.

Overstock offers its employees’ opportunities for both career progression and continuous learning. The company was recently recognized as one of the best companies in the areas of work-life balance, perks and benefits, and as one of the best CEOs for diversity.

Qualified individuals interested in learning more about the technology openings at the Sligo office of Overstock.com, can meet the company at Tech on the Wild Atlantic Way, presented by Career Zoo, on Friday, October 12 at The Model in Sligo. A dedicated train will bring interested technologists from Dublin to Sligo for the conference.

More on the Career Zoo Tech Train here.

 

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Hawk’s Well Theatre stage off-site theatre piece, The Deepwater Rambler at Sligo Dock

Hawk’s Well Theatre will stage a unique piece of theatre, titled The Deepwater Rambler at Sligo Harbour on Sunday the 14th of October. Celebrating the rich heritage of Sligo’s docklands, this new play has been written by actor, writer and director, Bob Kelly; author of previous productions ‘Bless the Mark’ and ‘The Big Wall’ written during his role in recent years as theatre artist in residence.

Taking place in Sligo Dock, the immersive nature of this piece of theatre will bring the audience that bit closer to life in the Port of Sligo, which was once one of the busiest in the country; the quays alive with stories of adventure, emigration, fortune-hunting and shipwreck. The port of Sligo grew from a medieval quay into one of Ireland’s principle emigration ports during the famine years. Today exports are on the rise and it is the only working harbour between Galway and Derry.

The play features three performers; actor and core member of Blue Theatre Raincoat Company, Ciaran McCauley; Martin Maguire (star of Red Rock,TV3 & RTE’s The Clinic) and talented violinist and Waterboys member, Steve Wickham. There will be three show times: 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm. Audience sizes will be limited for each show, ensuring an intimate and unique experience for all assembled.

The theatre performance will be followed by a history talk and Q&A with current Sligo Harbourmaster, John Carton and invited guests, who will discuss the many aspects of life at Sligo port, past and present. With post-performance teas and coffees served to warm up the assembled audience, an exhibition by County Sligo Heritage and Genealogy Centre will also be available to enjoy on-site. In addition, volunteers from the local boating enthusiasts group, The Metal Mariners will attend the event, adding a further dimension to the docklands experience.

In preparation for this event, the Hawk’s Well Theatre has coordinated an exhibition featuring stories about the industry and people behind the port taken from the Sligo Weekender newspaper archives. Displayed in their foyer space, the exhibition also features a logbook where the public have been asked to share their own experience and knowledge of the port. All of this collective experience has come together to inform The Deepwater Rambler and it undoubtedly will make for a unique experience that concentrates our focus on what has been a most important bedrock of Sligo life.

Supported by The Metal Mariners and Malin Waters, this project has been funded by The Heritage Council.

Tickets for this event are €10 (plus €1 Renovation Fee) and are available from the theatre box office on 071 91 61518 or online at www.hawkswell.com.

Energise Your Business – how to take your innovation to the next level

You are cordially invited to
FREED Project Event
Tuesday 16th October 2018

9:30am – 2pm
Registration & Refreshments from 9:30am | Event Start 10:00am | Lunch & Networking 12:45pm

DETAILS
Is your start-up business or SME struggling to get an energy innovation to the next level? Then join us to hear from companies that have succeeded in this with the help of the  FREED Project.
Getting your ideas from the blueprints into the markets can be a long, difficult journey, which all innovations and companies are not be able to complete. Various business support organisations and enterprise agencies offer support for starting entrepreneurs and companies, but they do not target energy innovations in particular. However, these are the ones that are sorely needed, as energy is a key driver of climate change.
Funding Resources for Innovation in Energy Enterprise Development (FREED) is a three year project funded under Interreg’s Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme. FREED has been supporting SMEs and start-ups working on energy innovations with the aim of getting the innovations faster into the real world, where they can make a difference. The experiences of these SMEs and the support mechanisms developed in the project can help other innovations make it too.

During this event you will hear from:

  • SMEs who have been receiving support from the FREED Project and how it has helped them progress
  • Public Funding Specialist Ian Brannigan (Western Development Commission)
  • Business Angel Investor Nick Lyth (Green Angel Syndicate
  • You will also learn about the FREED Service platform – a funding match-making platform for SMEs, Investors and Enterprise Agencies.

To attend this event please Register HERE

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Tread Softly…at The Yeats inspired Annual Festival in Sligo

Thursday 19th – Sunday 29th July 2018

Tread Softly… the Summer festival returns with a programme of events inspired by the work of the Yeats brothers, Jack and William, and the landscape and stories that inspired them in County Sligo.

From July 19th – 29th,  audiences can experience all that Tread Softly has to offer in venues across Sligo county.  With a host of exhibitions including An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by Invited Artists at The Hamilton Gallery and Yeats: Portrait of a Family at The Model Arts Centre, there is plenty to excite visually. For theatre lovers there are several exciting productions presented this year. Lunchtime favourite Easy Aces is back at the Hawkswell Theatre while Blue Raincoat Theatre Company present an outdoor performance at dusk of Yeats’ Purgatory at Hazelwood House.

This year sees the launch of a new free literary broadsheet The Cormorant with new writing from both established and emerging writers including Kevin Barry, Molly McCloskey and Eoin McNamee.  The Yeats International Summer School returns, a key feature of the Festival year on year, incorporating a daily series of lectures, seminars and social events over an extended 10 days. A programme highlight this year is the launch of Collected Poems a posthumous work from Dermot Healy.

A series of guided walks by informed and charismatic locals give insight into historic Sligo locations such as Carrowkeel and Rosses Point while Sligo Dreams Project, a collaboration with Sligo IT invites key speakers from a broad range of backgrounds from architects to archeologists to talk about their dreams for the Sligo Landscape.

The seventh Tread Softly… festival is programmed in partnership with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company, Hawk’s Well Theatre, The Model and Sligo County Council in conjunction with the 59th International Yeats Summer School.

tread softlySELECTED PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS:

VISUAL ART

At the Hamilton Gallery – Lull, a new body of work by artist Hazel Egan, Entropy a series of work by Noel Tighe and An Irish Airman Foresees His Death by Invited Artists

At Ballymote Library – Steve Wickham presents Geronimo. The Waterboys musician chronicles the story and music of his much loved but ill-fated Geronimo Grandini violin.

At The Model – Yeats: Portrait of a Family, an intimate insight into the Yeats Family through the portraits of John Butler Yeats and a selection of other artists and Cairde Visual, Cairde Sligo Arts Festival’s fifth annual open submission exhibition.

At the Factory Performance Space: Walking Birds’ Mountain, an exhibition presenting the visual, vocal and written responses by a group of artists and writers following a trek across Ballygawley Mountains with archaeological writer and folklorist Padraig Meehan

THEATRE

Purgatory: performed by Blue Raincoat Theatre Company –  a family history played out by an old man and his son with tragic consequences in front of the old man’s mother’s family home.

Easy Aces: The Hawk’s Well presents theatre episodes of the old-time radio sitcom favourite Easy Aces.

LITERATURE & TALKS

The Cornorant, A Broadsheet of Sligo Writing with new writing from both established and emerging writers including Kevin Barry, Molly McCloskey and Eoin McNamee; a creative writing workshop The Act of Creation with John MacKenna; reading and poetry with Leontia Flynn, One Hundred Years of Women’s Suffrage, The Summer School Salon at The Methodist Church, Bird Reign with Amabel Clarke and Sinead Nic Gearlait at Ballymote Library; readings by Niall Williams: The History of Rain and Mike McCormack: Solar Bones.

The 59th Yeats International Summer School features the launch of Collected Poems a posthumous work from Dermot Healy as part of its diverse and immersive programme whilst

Sligo Dreams Project, a collaboration with Sligo IT invites key speakers from a broad range of backgrounds to share their own dreams for changes to sustain and enhance future life for all in Sligo.

WALKS

A selection of guided walks around the beautiful landscape that inspired Yeats taking in iconic sights including Sally Gardens, Carrowkeel and Rosses Point. Listen to local stories of the area and fascinating accounts by colourful locals experts.

For more information and programme details see www.treadsoftly.ie

 

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Headstuff Lectures comes to Sligo

For the very first time the popular long running HeadStuff Lectures is leaving Dublin and is coming west to Sligo for Cairde Festival! Join comedian and presenter Gearóid Farrelly for a fun night of ‘Lectures’ with wonderful speakers talking passionately about different topics Thursday 12th July at the Hawk’s Well theatre. HeadStuff Lectures are not mass, not school and definitely not Ted Talks. This will be an evening of short presentations on anything from popular culture to global catastrophes.

HeadStuff have curated a cracking evening with fantastic speakers for the Sligo event. Comedian Gearóid Farrelly will host, bringing his mischievous and charming humour to the proceedings. Guests include: Kevin McGahern, Eve Darcy, Ciaran Conliffe, Tony Cantwell & Aine Gallagher. Some of the lectures for the night have just been revealed and include:

How To Give The Best Best Man’s Speech by Cathal Toe (Kevin McGahern)

An Idiot’s Guide To Being A Human – Eve Darcy

(Basically it’s about life and whether or not there’s any meaning to it)

Stanley’s Last Trip: An Itinerary of Errors – Ciaran Conliffe

This is the story of one of the last great Victorian adventures in Africa. A tale of reckless incompetence, of death in the Congo, and of a scandal that tainted a proud Irish family’s reputation forever after.

Irish Matters – Aine Gallagher

Irish Matters’…’an exploration of why speaking Irish is exactly the same as making mug cakes’.

Soft As Shit Priests: – Tony Cantwell

An investigative deep-dive into the softening morals of the priesthood compared to their predecessors a decade or two ago – priests have gone soft, and Tony is here to expose it.

Gearóid Farrelly is a polished live performer and he is popping to Sligo fresh from his summer U.K. tour with Sarah Millican. Gearóid is instantly recognisable from Irish comedy festivals and regularly appears on tour with Neil Delamere. On TV Gearóid is probably best known for playing Pat the conjoined-twin of Gerry (PJ Gallagher) in “Meet Your Neighbours” (RTE). He was also a regular on “The Panel”, “The Savage Eye” and “The Blame Game” on BBC1.

Known best as the host of RTE shows: “Republic of Telly”, “Hardy Bucks”, “Fast & Furious” and “America” Kevin McGahern has also a well-deserved reputation as one of Ireland’s top stand-ups with surrealist and observational humour perfectly mixed into one hairy Cavan man. He most recently stole the show as love-sick Jim, in Alison Spittle’s smash comedy T.V. “Nowhere Fast” RTE (2017).

Eve Darcy is a stand-up comedian and co-hosts the ‘AFOG Pod’ – a podcast about mental and emotional health. Eve also recently performed her own solo show entitled ‘Arousal & Valence’ in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre and will soon be performing an extended version in the Harbour Playhouse Theatre (June 23, 24, 25) entitled ‘When Anxiety Goes Berserk’.

Belfast based Ciaran Conliffe is a professional programmer and has been writing, on and off, since he was five years old. He’s been shortlisted for and won awards, both completed and failed NaNoWriMo. Rants on Twitter way more than is healthy. In his spare time, he does software engineering and gets paid for it. He is also the history columnist for Headstuff website.

Tony Cantwell defies labels. He has created some of Ireland’s biggest viral video sensations. Fan favourite characters such as Ploon, Your Ma’s Mate, The Dublin Frenchman, Homer/Irish Dad and Gavin Salad.

Just added to this fantastic line-up is Aine Gallagher is an award-winning comedian and resident MC of the Bright Club, a science comedy night.

HeadStuff Lectures are not mass, not school and definitely not Ted Talks. This will be an evening of short presentations on anything from popular culture to global catastrophes. Or anything in between. Talks About Stuff You Didn’t Think You’d Care About. Tickets for HeadStuff Lectures, Thurs 12 July 2018, 8pm cost €14. All tickets will have a €1 Development Fee surcharge and are available from the Hawk’s Well Theatre box office on 071-91/61518 or book online at www.hawkswell.com

Animal health company Phibro to create 150 jobs in Sligo

Phibro Animal Health Corporation have announced plans to establish a biotech facility producing a range of innovative animal health vaccines on the IDA Ireland Finisklin Business Park in Sligo, creating up to 150 jobs over 5 years.

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

Phibro develops, manufactures and markets a broad line of animal health and nutrition products for poultry, swine, cattle, dairy and aquaculture customers around the globe. The company had $764 million in annual sales in over 65 countries during its most recent fiscal year and employs over 1,400 people globally. Phibro is a publicly traded company headquartered in Teaneck, New Jersey, United States.

The Sligo plant will be the company’s first biologicals manufacturing location in Europe and will allow Phibro to expand its presence in Europe.

The new manufacturing facility will initially focus on producing Phibro’s innovative line of vaccines for the treatment of a range of poultry diseases for sales globally. In the future, Phibro expects to expand production to include vaccines for livestock and aquaculture.

Making the announcement in Sligo today, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D, said, “This significant investment by Phibro is a great vote of confidence in Sligo, and will offer even more opportunities for local residents and communities to grow and thrive. It further strengthens Ireland’s Life Sciences capability in the North West and builds on a series of new IDA projects announced for Sligo and elsewhere in the region over recent times. The Government is tirelessly working to achieve job creation in locations which are away from the main cities, and this new biotech facility in Sligo is testament that the policy is working.”

Welcoming the announcement, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said, “I was delighted to see Phibro announce that their first biologicals manufacturing location in Europe will be in Sligo, creating up to 150 highly skilled jobs. This has been a fantastic few weeks for Sligo with announcements from Abtran, E3 Retail, and Live Tiles, showing how the county is benefiting from both indigenous and FDI investment. This is another example of the success of our commitment under the Regional Action Plans for Jobs to ensure we have the right conditions in place to encourage job creation in regional locations.”

Speaking at today’s announcement, Jack Bendheim, Phibro’s Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “The creation of Phibro Ireland marks an important milestone in our development as a leading global player in the animal health biological market. The winning combination of Phibro’s expertise in the development and manufacture of biological products, the driven and experienced workforce available in the Sligo area, and the strong support of the IDA makes us very excited about the potential of the Sligo facility.”

Speaking at today’s announcement in Sligo, IDA Ireland’s Executive Director Mary Buckley said, “This announcement of a new company into Ireland, which is a global leader in diversified animal health and nutrition, is great news for Sligo and the North West Region. IDA is committed to winning investments for regional locations across Ireland and the North West Border Region is a key area of focus for us. The 150 jobs being created by Phibro will significantly benefit the regional economy. I wish you and your team every success here and will follow your progress with interest.”

The new roles will include management, quality analysis, quality control, regulatory, engineering, operators and maintenance staff. For more information on the new roles email hr.sligo@pahc.com. While not immediately material to Phibro’s business, the company believes Sligo-produced products will meaningfully contribute to financial results over the next 3 to 5 years.

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Marble Beach, Donegal

Best West of Ireland Heatwave photos

The summer of 2018 is the summer that keeps on giving. We can’t keep up with the amount of Caribbean-esque shots we have seen of the stunning beaches we have right across the West of Ireland.

Is anybody feeling a little bit smug about where they live now?

Here are our top Insta picks from the heatwave so far.

With the current forecast, we think we will have to do Round Two next week. If you would like your shots to be included, please tag us @lookwestie and include #lookwest on your shots!

Co Clare:

Hands down one of the best #cliffsofmoher shots we have soon. There are over 400,000 on Instagram so that is quite an achievement @reeyco

Co Galway:

Where do we start with Galway? The shots from SeaFest alone could feel a whole article. Then those Connemara beach shots!!

Seriously though how stunning is this shot of Lettergesh Beach in Connemara?

Having all the bants in Salthill!

With thanks to @kokine009 for #repost: “☀When it’s summer in Galway ☀”

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This one is an old Red Bull shot from Poll na bPéist, couldn’t not include it!

Connemara

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Co Mayo:

Baywatch eat your heart out!

Wowza, having all the craic in Louisburgh!

Co Leitrim:

Zen-est sheep in Ireland award goes to?

Co Roscommon:

Blogger Magnumlady nails the Gaelic Chieftain at sunset.

Gaelic Chieftain sunset #roscommon #Ireland #irish #heatwave #statue #sculpture

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Co Sligo:

Sligo photographer Mark Capilitan seems to have the work-life balance nailed. Follow his feed for lots more stunning shots!

If it wasn’t for the beach & kayak, you’d think this water was a swimming pool!!

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Its gonna be another one of those weeks 🌞🌞🌞

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 Beautiful children at sunset shot from John Keating in Sligo.

Co Donegal:

South African photographer Ian Mitchinson’s feed is always a stunning feast of adventure shots from the North West. This Bundoran shot is a cracker!

 

Featured Image: Marble Hill Beach, Co Donegal via Ireland’s Content Pool