Major funding for Mayo Gaeltacht

Major funding for Mayo Gaeltacht

Eachléim in Co. Mayo is celebrating a major funding announcement by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring. The €1 billion Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, a key component of Project Ireland 2040, will provide a tourism hub on the Erris Peninsula in the north Mayo Gaeltacht.

This is a strong Gaeltacht area rich in tradition and culture and Eachléim will act as an orientation point for visitors to learn about the area’s cultural and natural heritage attractions such as Blacksod Lighthouse. The aim is to provide a tourism incubation space and support the development of craft enterprises.

The area has many attractions including extensive unspoilt beaches, with Mullach Rua and Elly boasting Blue Flag status, and a choice of sheltered crystal clear waters off the eastern shore, and a more exposed western shoreline which is ideally suited to wind surfing, canoeing and sailing.

For any businesses thinking of relocating to this amazing area Údarás na Gaeltachta can offer plenty of support with a range of incentives to start up, develop, expand or even diversify in a new direction.


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Carrick based Intuity Technologies announce acquisition of new company

Intuity Technologies, a leading ISO 27001 certified technology company, with offices in Carrick-on-Shannon, has announced its acquisition of Dublin company, Office Technology Limited, a dedicated Managed Print Services company.

With a recruitment drive currently underway, the company plans to significantly increase the existing workforce of 67 in the coming months. Together, Intuity and Office Technology Ltd. will now support and partner over 2,000 customers all over Ireland, the UK, and the USA. The group turnover last year was in excess of €7Million and the company plans to double the size of the business within the next 3 years with further investment and strategic expansion.

Speaking at the announcement today, Gerard Cox, CEO, Intuity Technologies welcomed the acquisition.

“Together, Intuity and Office Technology Limited represent a competitive advantage which will hugely benefit our customers. By delivering secure solutions across all of their business IT needs, we will provide greater choice and growth opportunities for them”, Mr. Cox said.

“At Intuity, our team is at the core of what we do, and people development will be a large part of this growth and expansion plan. This development takes Intuity one step closer to fulfilling its ambition of becoming the largest and best Managed IT Provider in Ireland while further building on our international expansion.”, he continued.

With offices in Galway, Dublin and Carrick on Shannon, Intuity Technologies has been delivering world-class managed IT solutions across Ireland for almost five decades. The company has developed a strong heritage within the highly regulated Credit Union Sector over the past 30 years. Office Technology Limited has been leading the market in delivering state of the art managed print services for over 26 years to its growing customer base. In this time Office Technology has evolved to cater to client demands, now working with businesses of all sizes in all sectors throughout Ireland with strong roots in the Dublin region. Throughout this time, customer service and customer satisfaction have remained a priority for the team.

Intuity Technologies and Office Technology Limited.

Pat Duffy, Director of Office Technology Limited said, “ We are delighted to be joining Intuity. With shared visions and ambitions, we look forward to continuing to deliver the same high standard of service with the added value of increased IT services and solutions for the modern workplace”.

Both companies have partnerships with industry leaders, Intuity are Microsoft Gold and Dell Gold Partner certified and Office Technology are a Microsoft Silver Cloud Partner and boasts over 25 years as one of Ireland’s largest and longest established Canon Gold Partnerships. Intuity is ISO and Cyber Essentials certified and both companies have a shared focus on IT security and solutions, managed print services, compliance and regulation.

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 ‘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.



  • 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:




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Fort Wayne Metals Announce €5m Investment in Co Mayo Site

Fort Wayne Metals Ireland is preparing an investment of €5 million at a site owned by the IDA. Planning permission was granted by Mayo County Council in October 2017 for the new facility at an IDA owned site adjacent to the existing Fort Wayne Metals premises at Moneen.

Since commencing its operations in Castlebar in 2002, Fort Wayne Metals Ireland now employs 60 staff. Mayo County Council Chief Executive Peter Hynes welcomes this morning’s significant announcement:

Fort Wayne Metals has been an important employer in Castlebar since 2002. It is a real success story and this morning’s announcement further safeguards its position as an international organisation thriving in the county.

This announcement is testimony to the positive, enterprise focused environment for international and local business that has been fostered in Co Mayo by Mayo County Council through the Enterprise and Investment Unit and the wider Council in the delivery of its services and supports.”

Caothairleach Blackie Gavin also speaking of the announcement: “I am delighted that Fort Wayne Metals are continuing to invest in their Castlebar operation. This is a great announcement for Co Mayo and for Castlebar and I wish them best wishes for continued success into the future”

Fort Wayne Metals Ireland is a leading manufacturer of medical materials, producing precision wire and components for all types of medical devices in Ireland, Europe and Asia. The parent company, headquartered in Indiana, USA, is a privately held company with nine manufacturing plants.

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One Region One Vision Conference Video Highlights

For 2018 the Western Region will be recognised as European Entrepreneurial Region.

Recognising the success of our indigenous and small enterprises. Our commitment to innovation will see us become one of the most resilient places in Europe.

The One Region One Vision Conference took place in Galway on November 28th.

The Western Development Commission was delighted to collaborate on this conference with the North Western Regional Assembly.

One Region One Vision celebrated achievement, whilst also promoting investment in our competitiveness through Structural Funds and launching our Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy.

So get your 2018 moving by watching the One Region One Vision inspirational speakers including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Harry Hughes of PortWest, Mary Rodgers (Portershed), Adrian Weckler (INM) and many more.

Ireland West Airport embarks on €15m investment phase of terminal enhancements and Runway upgrade works

Work has commenced on a €15m facilities investment plan aimed at transforming the Airport over the next three years. The investment strategy will see over €15m invested in new passenger facilities, terminal upgrades and infrastructural works across the airport facility and runway.
By the end of the first quarter of 2018 almost €4m worth of major infrastructural projects, to improve the operational efficiency and to upgrade and enhance the airports facilities and services, will have been completed.
Projects to be completed between 2017 and 2019 include: 
• Resurfacing of Car Park Zone 5 resulting in 250 permanent surfaced car park spaces less than five minutes walk from the terminal
• Major upgrade of existing car park equipment to the latest state of the art equipment including the introduction of a number plate recognition system
• Construction and re-modelling of new toilet facilities at the airport
• Covered aircraft passenger boarding stairs for passengers boarding and disembarking aircraft
• Re-modelling of immigration and arrivals area creating increased circulation space for arriving passengers
• Upgrading to new flight information display screens across the airport terminal
• Upgrade and replenishment of ground handling equipment and safety and response vehicles
• Enhancements to the airport retail and catering facilities
• Construction of a new Tourist Welcome Centre adjacent to the arrivals area
• Introduction of new digital display screens throughout the airport facility
• Remodeling of departures area creating additional seating capacity and upgrading of furniture
• Upgrading of the existing runway instrument landing system (ILS) enabling enhanced navigation for pilots
• A full resurfacing of the airport’s 2,400m runway including taxiways and an upgrade of lighting system to LED
This year the airport has commenced a series of critical projects on the airports runway to maintain the highest standard of airport safety and operations. The work includes replacement of existing runway lighting and fittings, major airfield drainage programme, upgrading of the runways instrument landing system and other minor site works. It is planned that in 2019 work will commence on a €10m+ overlay of the airports 2.5km Runway. The current runway is 30 years old and work will involve a resurfacing of the entire runway ensuring this critical infrastructural asset is maintained to serve the region for the next 30 years.
This latest investment at the airport will also include a major enhancement of the airport experience from a visual perspective with the introduction of a new and modern way finding signage system throughout the airport as well as the implementation of a new brand identity, helping to create a a combination of a lighter and brighter passenger environment and contemporary look and feel throughout the airport terminal.
This transformation programme will provide a major boost for the local economy with the airport utilising the services of a number of local contractors and suppliers to carry out some of these projects.
This latest development plan follows the completion of a number of safety and security related projects, totaling over €2.5 million last year, as the airport continued to invest, with the support of the Department of Transport, in upgrading its facilities whilst ensuring compliance with Irish Aviation Authority requirements from a safety, security and operational perspective.
Commenting on the development plans, Joe Gilmore, Managing Director, Ireland West Airport commented, “This latest facilities investment programme will adapt, modernise and transform the airport with contemporary elements and future-proof services. It will make the airport more efficient, provide greater flexibility and resilience to the passengers and ensure an even more comfortable and easier journey through the airport. This is especially important at a time when we are experiencing passenger growth and working with our airline partners to introduce more choice in services for our customers. We believe these planned improvements will continue to grow our reputation as the faster, easier, friendlier airport of choice for those travelling to and from the West, Midlands and North West of Ireland. Investment in new facilities and in particular continued investment in safety and security ensures the operational environment of the airport will be future-proofed to meet the evolving airline and security needs and to ensure we have the infrastructure needed to handle more passengers and provide them with a positive experience whether arriving or departing as we enter the next phase in the airports development. I wish to express our gratitude for the continued support of our local authority partners and the Departments of Tourism, Transport and Sport and Rural & Community Development towards these developments. In addition, a thank you to our customers whose contributions, through the Airport Development Fee, provide a critical funding support for the airports development plans’.

The Yield Lab Ireland Is Accepting Applications

The Yield Lab, the United States’ first food and agriculture technology (AgTech) business accelerator, is pleased to announce that Yield Lab Ireland is now accepting applications for 2017.

Announced in Summer 2016, Yield Lab Ireland will invest €100,000 in 4-6 AgTech companies each year from all over the world. Accepted companies will meet in Galway, Ireland two days each month to take part in the six-month accelerator program and to receive individual mentorship from agriculture industry experts. Companies will also travel to St. Louis, MO for one month of programming to network with the Yield Lab St. Louis 2017 cohort and to take advantage of the global connections that the Yield Lab provides.

“I’m excited to move ahead with the program in Galway,” said Brian Clevinger, Yield Lab Ireland Managing Director. “The global network that the Yield Lab is developing is unparalleled in AgTech, and the Yield Lab Ireland is a huge step in solidifying our international relations. I cannot wait to see the positive impact that we will be able to have on European AgTech companies in Ireland, as well as the impact that we’ll be able to have on our current portfolio companies from the Americas.”

The Yield Lab announced the addition of Paul Finnerty to the team of the newly established Yield Lab Ireland as Chairman in Fall 2016. “Upon my retirement as CEO of ABP Food Group, I wanted to continue work to improve production agriculture, especially around improving its impact on climate and how innovation will be a key industry driver to creating more efficient and nutritious food value chains,” said Finnerty.

The Yield Lab Ireland is based off of The Yield Lab St. Louis investment model. The Yield Lab St. Louis is an early-stage venture fund and business accelerator that invests $100,000 in early stage food and (AgTech) startups. Selected companies receive one-on-one mentorship, free workspace, and networking opportunities supported by agriculture focused organizations and businesses based in the St. Louis metro area. Agriculture is a leading industry in the U.S. Midwest, with extensive business connections to the St. Louis region and beyond. The diversity, central location, and solid business community support makes the St. Louis region a leading market for AgTech expansion.

Apply for The Yield Lab Ireland here . Applications close mid-February.

About The Yield Lab

The Yield Lab brings together new innovative technologies focused on improving productivity, enhancing knowledge, eroding boundaries, and merging historically independent ecosystems into a more cohesive agricultural system. For more information, please visit



Dublin Event TechWest To Highlight Job Opportunities in the West of Ireland on October 26th


TechWest 2016, which was launched in the PorterShed in Galway City’s Innovation District today (Monday), is an event to be held in Dublin on October 26,  showcasing jobs on offer in the West and Mid-West regions,’ outlining the benefits to those thinking of making the move from Dublin. Booking is now open at

Organised by Collins McNicholas — the only national recruitment company headquartered outside Dublin — this free event will be held at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin on Wednesday, October 26, starting at 5pm.  The event is being run in conjunction with the Western Development Commission.

The aim of TechWest 2016 is to target people who are open to moving to work in the West and Mid-West and outline the opportunities available to them.

The event will feature a range of speakers including owners of companies looking to hire, people who have set up successful businesses in the regions as well as individuals who have made the move already. They include John Gleeson of General Motors and Martina Power, Vice President at ACI Worldwide, both based in Limerick.

MC for the night is Samantha McCaughren, Business Editor of the Sunday Independent. Other speakers include representatives from support organisations such as the IDA, Enterprise Ireland, the WDC and Galway’s Portershed & Innovation District.

Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager of the WDC, said: “The West of Ireland is an ideal environment for young technology companies with strong growth potential and job opportunities. It offers strong networks, connectivity and a dynamic start-up environment where you can have a quality of life second to none. “The opportunities in terms of work space, funding sources, shared learning and collaboration coupled with the wonderful lifestyle, accessibility and living costs makes the West the perfect place to achieve your work/life balance.”

Collins McNicholas experts will also run a CV Clinic where attendees can get their CV assessed and be matched with potential job opportunities. TechWest 2016 will close with networking opportunities as well as beer and whiskey tasting and artisan food sampling.

The Community Enterprise Centres in the Western region are shaping up for growth.

This Tuesday, enterprise centres from Donegal to South Galway gathered in Claremorris, County Mayo where the WDC in conjunction with NACEC provided a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges of operating an Enterprise Centre in the region.  It was imperative this discussion took place as we are a region where many new jobs are classified as self-employed, demonstrating the entrepreneurial culture, mindset and opportunity to innovate in the region.  According to the WDC policy team, self-employment is a more important source of jobs in the region than elsewhere, with 1 in 5 working people in the region self-employed, compared with 1 in 6 in the rest of Ireland.     ‘People are having to create their own jobs,’ according to Ian Brannigan, CEO(a)WDC ‘and with 65,000 people working for themselves in the Western Region, we value self-employment as a source of jobs growth which is central to the region’s future.

With the opening of the Porter Shed in Galway City on Monday and this  regional enterprise centres meet up on Tuesday, there is an appetite to drive further support, energy and coordination across our network of top class regional facilities.  The Western Region provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to operate in a connected, smart, professional landscape as well as benefit from a rich quality of life, clean environment and where heritage is a valued.

“A network of purpose built and investor friendly property solutions for business across the Atlantic Economic Corridor is central to the growth of enterprise in the Western Region and future economic development” added Kevin Thompstone, Director of Shannon Chamber and economic development consultant.  Joe Kelly, Chairman of NACEC and Manager of IRD Kiltimagh added “Community Enterprise Centres offer a bespoke local and community led response to a job creation in a particular area.  Businesses can start-up, survive, develop and prosper in a low risk environment where self-employment and job creation is valued. With about 4000 jobs currently domiciled in the 120 NACEC Member Community Enterprise Centres nationally, these centres play a pivotal role in the regions ability to innovate and facilitate indigenous businesses with a significant job creation dimension.”




Clodagh Barry, Regional Development, Western Development Commission, 086 0424857

Pauline White, Policy Analyst, Western Development Commission, 086 832 8055