Mayo Dark Skies

Many stars are born

Taking on the growing problem of light pollution in Ireland, a Co Mayo community group has been set up with one particular aim: To raise children who can name more stars in the sky than stars on the screen!

Community is Strong in the West of Ireland, and strong communities make great things happen.
When one such group from Newport, Mulranny and Ballycroy got together in Co Mayo the stars were aligned.

In 2015 following research undertaken whilst at GMIT and with the support of NPWS, they put together the application for Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park, which in 2016,  was accredited with gold tier.

Since then they have worked with local authorities, community groups and researchers to raise awareness of the growing problem of light pollution in Ireland. Mayo Dark Skies was a founder member of the Dark Sky Ireland group set up to tackle this problem nationwide and have produced guides and resources for communities and individuals to use which are accessible online.

They also give regular talks on how to reduce light pollution in the community and host events such as the annual International Dark Sky Week in 2019. The project was awarded EcoHero 2018 by Outsider Magazine and they are also in the nominations lists for the Spark Change Sustainable Community Awards by the Wheel.

This November there are two exciting events in the Dark Skies Park from the 1-3rd. First off is the fourth annual Dark Sky Festival which is a community collaboration between Newport, Mulranny & Ballycroy. The family friendly weekend event is set to be the best ever this year featuring Canadian Astronaut Robert Thirsk, Éanna Ní Lamhna, French astro artists Chasseurs de nuit and many other events relating to astronomy, rocket making, stargazing and much more.

Immediately following the festival, they have a very important international event. The Park will host the 14th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky from 3-5th November. It is the first event of its kind in Ireland to be licenced by the International Dark Sky Associationand is being twinned with their own Dark Sky Conference in Tucson.

To find out more click here

Photo Credit: Mayo Dark Sky Park
GMIT Open Day

GMIT Autumn Open Morning 2019

GMIT Autumn Open Day 2019


GMIT are holding an Open Morning at GMIT Galway campus, Dublin Road, Galway on Saturday, 19th October, 2019 from 10am to 1pm.

This Open Morning event is open to all secondary school students as well as parents, teachers and mature applicants.

Join GMIT to learn about student life and study in GMIT.

Staff and students will be on hand to answer questions on all course options available at GMIT in the areas of:

  • Agriculture
  • Built Environement
  • Business
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Creative Arts & Media
  • Furniture Design, Making & Technology
  • Teacher Education ( Design Graphics & Construction)
  • Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care
  • Science
  • Outdoor Education
  • Tourism, Heritage and Culinary Arts,
  • Science and Computing, and
  • Outdoor Education.

The schedule also includes talks on:

Advice on the CAO Application Process
Student Finance and Supports including SUSI talks, and Access options
Introductory sessions for all GMIT Schools and Campuses
Why not meet with the GMIT Career Office for a FREE consultation on your future job possibilities and CAO Choices. Spaces are limited so to avoid disappointment book your appointment TODAY at


GMIT are asking you to register in advance for this event so we can plan our Health & Safety requirements. They will ask you for your name and email address so they can contact you after the event for feedback. GMIT will not share your information with any third parties and the information will be deleted after three months.

Click here to register.

Closing Ceremony celebrating Sligo as Digital Town 2019 on 14 October

Closing Ceremony celebrating Sligo as Digital Town 2019

Now in its second year, the IE Domain Registry’s Digital Town initiative promotes awareness, knowledge, use and understanding of the internet in Ireland by its citizens, businesses and communities. By showcasing the efforts of a town which is embracing digital for its citizens and local businesses, the initiative seeks to highlight the economic, social and cultural benefits of the internet to towns across the country, and to ensure SMEs and local economies are realising the full potential of digital technology, particularly e-commerce. It is hoped to inspire other Irish towns to take practical steps towards becoming fully digital.

Sligo Town was chosen as this year’s Digital Town for its achievements in cultivating a truly digital environment in the town, and for its ongoing success in fully embracing digital for its residents and local businesses. IE Domain Registry believes that in showcasing Sligo’s efforts, it can inspire other Irish towns to take practical steps towards becoming fully digital.

During September and October, IE Domain Registry, working with groups in Sligo including the County Council, Local Enterprise Office, Chamber of Commerce,  Business Improvement District (BID), South Sligo Smart Community and Sligo IT amongst others, planned and oversaw a number of digital events for businesses, citizens, community groups and school children.

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Win a 2 day break in Killaloe

Competition – Win a fantastic prize

Win a break in a boutique Co. Clare cottage with an afternoon at W2 Exchange.

All you have to do to WIN this fantastic prize is send us a picture showing us what you love doing in the west of Ireland when #yourtimeisyourown

Go to our Facebook or Instagram pages and upload your picture to the competition post.

The LookWest team will pick the winner.

The living room in One Little Cottage

The living room of the cottage

The one we think is the best will WIN:

1)     A 2 night break in a Boutique Cottage in the stunning Co Clare village of Killaloe.

2)     An afternoon in W2 Exchange with access to a hotdesk facility in a shared office environment with hi-speed internet.

Go ahead and post your pic on our Facebook or Instagram pages.


Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be over 18.
  • The prize is as follows: Two nights in One Little Cottage for a group of up to six people with a half day access to W2 exchange.
  • The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.
  • The prize is not transferable. The prize is subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  • will judge the competition and decide on the shortlist each week, which will be picked at random from all complete entries via Facebook or Instagram.
  • The decision of is final.
  • The entrant must be following on Facebook or Instagram in order to enter.
  • shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions.
  • also reserves the right to cancel the competition or amend if circumstances arise.
  • The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  • If posting an image ensure you have consent of any person featured.
  • Closing date is December 1st 2019.
  • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
The Tweeting Goddess, National Womens Enterprise Day 2019

National Women’s Enterprise Day 2019

Female entrepreneurs from across the West are #MakingItHappen in 2019, and Local Enterprise Office Galway is delighted to present a dynamic and engaging event on behalf of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon to celebrate National Women’s Enterprise Day. To mark the occasion, a special event will be held in Galway city’s historic Hotel Meyrick on the 17th of October. Read more

The Business of Literature – Major Literary Tourism Initiative Set to Enhance Commercial Capacity in Northern European Region

Major new three-year literary tourism pilot programme set to launch across four Northern European countries this Autumn.

Spot-lit is a new three-year project that aims to grow the literary tourism sector in the Northern Periphery and Arctic region by supporting the organisations and businesses in this culturally-rich region to grow collaborate and better engage audiences together. Literary Tourism is an emerging niche sector within the wider cultural tourism sector, where places with literary heritage offer author and fiction-related literary tourism opportunities along with opportunities arising from literary festivals, trails and book shops.Funded by Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, the regions participating in the Spot-lit programme area are Western Ireland, Northern Ireland, Eastern Finland and South-West Scotland.

All share a number of common features such as low population density, low accessibility, low economic diversity, abundant natural resources, and high impact of climate change.
Collectively, the region is home to world-class literary icons and landscapes, however, research suggests there is potential for this sector to work together and grow significantly. Current low levels of joined-up literary tourism activity in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Region make it a sector that is ripe for development.

Spot-lit addresses the need for shared development and marketing of existing assets and the development of new ones, which respond to emerging literary and cultural consumer needs. This will result in a better cultural tourism offering and deliver greater economic impact than projects developed in national isolation.

The programme will include the development of a cluster network across the regions, a series of support workshops, the development of 20 new literary products or services and shared learning and transnational marketing.










Some of the Spot-lit partners at a recent partner meeting in Scoltland (left to right) Filip Sever, Mary Keaveney, Minna Mustonen, Helena Aaltonen  Marlene Kohllechner-Autto, Shane Campbell.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch of the project, CEO Tomás Ó Síocháin of the Western Development Commission said: “We are delighted to launch this programme today following an extensive period of research and development. Spot-Lit has the capacity to deliver tangible benefits to under-tapped regions across Europe through the literary tourism sector which we know has the potential to be a major economic driver. We encourage any organisation or business in the literary tourism sector to visit our website and sign-up for our information roadshows in early October.”

This Autumn, the Spot-lit partners in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Finland will deliver a series of workshops for businesses interested in Literary Tourism development.

Workshop 1: Building Successful Literary Tourism Experiences for Visitors
Workshop 2: Designing and developing your Literary Tourism product or service
Workshop 3: Knowing and growing your market

Following on from the workshops, businesses will be invited to participate in a Literary Business Support Programme. The programme will be open to SMEs, social enterprises, community groups and literary associations with a unique idea for the development of Literary Tourism in their area. This bespoke programme will involve a series of monthly engagement workshops, learning journeys, business advice clinics and individual mentoring supports. The programme will engage with 5 businesses in each country and will include a €10,000 innovation voucher. The focus of the business idea/product will be for the development of Literary Tourism.

The project will officially launch on September 25th with a new website at, dedicated social media channels @spot_lit_eu, followed by a call out for literary businesses and organisations to register their interest for upcoming events and workshops.

county clare surf scene

Insider’s Guide to the County Clare Surf Scene

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Seamus McGoldrick

The Insider’s Guide to the West Coast Surf Scene is a series exploring the vibrant West of Ireland surf scene along the Wild Atlantic Way. Your guide to the surf is writer, pro bodyboarder and surf coach Seamus McGoldrick from Strandhill, Sligo.

Seamus began surfing at Strandhill Beach, one of Sligo’s hidden gems, and followed his passion by setting up his own thriving surf school business, Sligo Surf Experience.

So, who better to give you the inside scoop on the Irish surf scene?

Over to you Seamus:

“For our last installment of The Insider’s Guide we land in my favourite county for surfing, the Banner county of Clare. I have spent eighteen years surfing in the County Clare and have made many friends and very few enemies in this southern surfing paradise. Clare is simply a stronghold of Irish surfing heritage and talent. The waves speak for themselves and the vibe is simply magical. When do the waves appear? Nobody knows. When will the next big swell come? It’s impossible to tell. Who will suffer the next big injury? It could be anybody.

While the county’s surf is mysterious its people are straight forward and honest.

Fergal and Kevin Smith on Lahinch Prom in their childhood

Meet Two Locals

A pair of men who have made County Clare their home are brothers Fergal and Kevin Smith. Originally from Mayo, we first introduced these dedicated wave lovers in our Insider’s Guide to the County Mayo Surf Scene.

Kevin runs a successful photography business and Fergal set up one of Ireland’s only Community Support Agriculture farms. Kevin chose to relocate to Clare for a mixture of personal and professional reason. The reason in both cases was the good surf.

Kevin Smith (@kevlsmith)

“Clare has a great range of waves, from beginner waves in Fanore and Lahinch through to world-class waves like the cliffs of Moher. I think it’s one of the most constant counties for waves in Ireland.

I have always surfed from the age of ten but I moved to Clare to shoot an Analog team surf movie for my brother Fergal back in 2012. After that film, we filmed the Growing series for 18 months.

How do you balance surfing with work?

It’s fairly easy to fit in surfs. I live ten minutes from Lahinch and I can see the beach from my house, so whenever I am at home and I see there are waves, I’ll take a break from the computer and get a quick dip in.

What’s cool about the Clare surf scene is that’s its made up of Clare born surfers and surfers from all over Ireland and then international surfers who have moved over for the high-quality waves.

The big difference is in the winter, apart from the water temperature and the weather, is that it never really goes flat but in the summer you might go a few weeks without waves.

Who are the up and coming young Clare surfers?

There are so many, Ross Coyne, Joshua Karbus, Dylan Noonan, Breandan Monaghan, I could keep going!

Clare is famous for its festivals. You were at the 2019 Doolin Surf Festival. How was it?

It was great. It was class to see Irish surfing on the big screen.

Fergal Smith on camera

Fergal Smith (@moyhillfarm)

Kevin’s brother Fergal is busy running one of Ireland’s few Community Support Agriculture projects in Moy Hill, County Clare

“Clare is a great county for surfing as the coastline is small so you can get along it in a short amount of time with a lot of different waves.

I first came to Clare for surf contests but when I was seventeen or so I started coming down to surf the better waves and then I ended up just staying. Its a long enough drive home to Mayo so I just started living here as I liked it so much and it was too far to drive home.

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Fergal and Kevin Smith learning to surf back in the day

I run a community farm and the good thing is in the summer the waves are not as good and the farm is at its busiest then, then in the winter the farm is quieter so gives time for surfing.

The special thing about Clare is the closeness to all the good waves and there is also a great variety for everyone. Clare gets more waves than other parts of the Irish coast during the summertime but it can be very wild here in the winter.

One of the craziest things about Clare is its number one tourist attraction: the “Cliffs of Moher”. Underneath the cliffs is also where some of the best waves in the world are!

The Burren Limestone landscape is also a very beautiful place to go and explore.

A new event this year was the Doolin surf festival which went down really well and everyone seemed to really enjoy it so hopefully, that will take place every year from now on.

Peter conroy

Peter Conroy charging in Clare

Peter Conroy (@pedro2468)

One of the first and most straightforward men I met in Clare was Peter Conroy from Miltown Malbay.

“Clare is known as one of the best surfing counties in Ireland. Why? Clare has so many different types of waves, from beginner waves to the most advanced waves in the world. So you can choose what you want to do or work your way up as you go along. We have quite an accessible coastline which makes it easy to get from one wave to another. Clare differs from other countries because of its bays and vast openness to the Atlantic and can handle all the ocean can throw at it.

How did you get into surfing in Clare?

I started working as a lifeguard on Spanish Point beach and on my time off I picked up a board and caught a few waves. I was hooked straight away.

As a professional Fireman, how do you balance surfing with work?

The older I get the more I realise that there will always be another swell. There will always be another best day ever. So I just get what I can and when I can. If it looks like it’s my kinda swell I might try to get off work. But nowadays I just wait until I’m free for the swell.

The people in my home county make the surf scene special. That and the vast amount of waves and the scenery. The waves we get in the winter are heavy and solid. The summer swells lame and inconsistent.

Peter Conroy

Any up and coming young Clare surfers?

Loads. Too many to name.

Best surfing beach in Clare?


If you want to get into surfing in Clare just get a board and get a few lessons off one of the many surf schools in Lahinch or Spanish Point. Once you have the basics, practice makes perfect.

Clem Mc Inerney (@clemmcinerney)

Another professional cameraman who makes Clare his home is Clem Mc Inerney. In the last several years Clem has dedicated himself to capturing Irish and foreign surfers in the best waves the wild west of Ireland has to offer.

“The Lahinch area as a whole has a really great variety of waves. It’s an amazing place to learn how to surf on the beach and then if you stick with it you almost have this natural progression to move further to the cliffs near the beach where you have reef breaks. When you park in the top car park you have such a good overview of the bay and where you want to surf, you don’t have to do too much trekking around!

Clem McInerney in his happy place. Image Credit: WestSouthWest

I was always encouraged to be around the sea as a young fella by my parents. I swam competitively, sailed and fished. I’m from Limerick so I spent all my summer holidays in Kilkee jumping off rocks terrifying onlookers and swimming all day every day.

It wasn’t until I was in my teens that I really fell in love with surfing and spent more time in Lahinch. My poor parents would be left sitting in the car waiting for hours while I attempted to surf! Then when I was a little older there were a few of my buddies from home who were into it and then I never really looked back. After a couple of years of silly missions and doing laps of the coast with good friends and I settled in Lahinch.

I am in a very privileged position where I work in the surf industry. It’s the only industry where ‘Sorry. I am only coming back to you now. There were pumping waves’ is a reasonable excuse for not coming back to someone!

My background of study and work is in law but I eventually followed my passion and began working with some incredible people in the most amazing locations close to home. Now, in saying that I don’t get to surf as much as I would like because if the waves are very good I am filming but when I do surf it makes it even more satisfying and I appreciate those moments more! That is why I try filming mostly from the water because I still get to be in the sea and get closer to the action.”

What makes the surf scene in Clare so special?

I think in Clare we have a very close surf community because we all work, surf and hang out together. That’s a great thing about Lahinch. It is hard to go for a quick walk down the prom because you just bump into someone every few feet!

We also have amazing board shapers here, for a small area. We have three active board shapers each doing there own techniques and designs: Tom DH, Luke Underwood and Shaun at Coded Surfboards are all pushing themselves for the surfers and waves here.

As a surf fan that’s really cool to see in a small area. We have a massive range of surfers as well from all different backgrounds, we have all found a way to be able to find a great work/surf balance.

I think my favourite beach is Doughmore in Doonbeg. That beach is very special to anyone who surfs in County Clare. It is really stunning and has produced some really special moments over the years.

What is the difference in summer and winter surfing in Clare?

Winter is the reason I live here, we are right on the front line of the storms from the Atlantic and to feel the power of the sea is something special. There is nothing better than being in the sea during one of these storms or standing on one of the cliffs being hammered by gale-force winds and rain coming from every direction. Then summer is just cruising, hoping for a wave really. We tend to surf longboards to keep ourselves sane while we wait for the good waves to return.

We have really epic Pitch and Putt courses here in Clare, a really nice way to spend a few hours when the waves arent great!

Clem McInerney behind the lense. Image Credit: WestSouthWest

Any up and coming young Clare surfers?

We have such a great crew of groms coming up. It’s really exciting to see the local groms in the line up now hassling us for waves! I think the future of the sport is in really good hands, the boys and girls coming through really just love the sport for what it is and want to spend as much time in the water as they can. There are too many to even mention which is a very positive sign for the talent coming out of Clare!

We have some really excellent surf schools in Clare. If you are looking to start surfing contact Mono in Lahinch Surf Experience, his standard of lessons are excellent and its very personal which is key to learning to surf the right way. Then if you are looking to progress to an advanced level I would contact Ollie’s Surf Academy. Ollie has years of competition knowledge and works closely with the ISA. You’ll need to stop into Lahinch surf shop to get your gear as well, that shop is one of the originals in surfing in Ireland!

County Clare has amazing festivals. If you are looking for something non-surf related there is the ‘Match Making Festival’ in Lisdoonvarna and I would highly recommend checking out the Agricultural show in Ennistymon.

We have some surf competitions coming in Lahinch as well. Check out the West Coast Surf Club website for details on those, it’s a great club that pushes the sport forward in the area.

Hotel Doolin has some epic festivals as well, the folk fest is world-renowned and they had the first Surfest last year which was a massive hit. It will be on again next March and even if you are not a surfer I would go check it out- its a weekend of great music, movies, talks, and food. Hotel Doolin not only hosted the event but contributed donations to the West Coast Surf Club and the Irish Tow Surf rescue club which is very positive for surfing in County Clare.

Are there any up and coming young surfers in Clare we should be looking out for?

Yes loads, it is not easy to mention one without the other fifty! So what I would recommend is grabbing a coffee from Joes, go sit on the prom and look out at the groms who are ripping!

Who to know
  • Dusty the Dolphin: Respect the locals and you’ll be fine.
  • Hugh Galloway if you are looking for a good sandwich. And I mean really good.

Hugo’s Deli

  • Peter Conroy. Pro surfer, safety guru, fireman and secret superhero.
  • Ollie O Flaherty

Female Surfers in Clare

Who are the females in the Co Clare surf scene?

Check out this beautiful video by Kev L Smith showing the female chargers of the banner; counselor/therapist Lisa O’Reilly, occupational therapist Alison Derham, Surf school manager Liz Quinn, and doctor/GP Marese Mannion, all of whom have chosen to live and work in one of the furthermost reaches of Europe, on the edge of Ireland so as to pursue their love of surfing. It is entitled ‘This Wild and Precious Life’ and it is dedicated to all such souls.

Where to hang out

Kevin Smith: “Visit the Cliff of Moher, take a ferry to the Arran Islands, check out the Doolin music scene. Go rock climbing and don’t forget a plain old stroll along the prom in Lahinch. Go visit the Burren. It is magical. Take one of the loop-walks near Fanore beach. Good festivals I recommend are the Doolin Folk festival and the Willie Clancy week in Milltown.”

Fergal Smith: “Lahinch Beach has something for everyone and is very easy to get to but quieter beaches like Fanore or Doughmore would be more my kind of places to hang out on. I guess if you want to get to know the Clare surfers Lahinch is the centre of all things surfing in Clare. if you hang out around the beach in Lahinch you will get to meet all the surfers of the area.

Peter Conroy: “A good cafe in Ennistymon or restaurant in Liscannor. Lahinch promenade. Spanish Point. The bottom of the Cliff of Moher. Quilty. The Aran Islands.  Doolin Cave. The Burren.”

Clem Mc Inerney: “County Clare has so many amazing places to hang out. For coffee, Joes Cafe. For pints its Kenny’s Bar in Lahinch. Both are great places to warm up after a surf or sit and talk with friends when the waves don’t produce! Try to get a sunset walk in at Hags head as well, it’s a great angle of the Cliffs of Moher. Obviously, the Cliffs of Moher are a must but it is a little too touristy. I would highly recommend a stroll around the Burren or else check out Doolin Cave. Ennistymon is a little hotbed of restaurants, Oh LaLa is really tasty and have a walk down to the falls after. I think people miss the falls when they just drive over the bridge to get to Lahinch, its definitely worth a stroll.

Don’t miss

Peter Conroy: “The Cliffs of Moher. Doolin Cave. The 99 icecreams in O Dwyers shop in Quilty. The Willy Clancy week. The West Coast surf club longboard competition and 50 year anniversary. 2020 Doolin Surf Festival.”

Kevin Smith: “Summer surfing in Doonbeg.”

Clem Mc Inerney: “Go explore south of Lahinch, head down to Loop head and stop in Kilkee on the way! Areas south of Lahinch are a little off the beaten track. There is tons of history, traditional music, amazing food and the scenery around Kilkee are stunning. I’d highly recommend getting a Nolans breakfast roll and eating it up on the cliffs looking out over the bay!”

Fergal Smith: “There are surfing events through the year in Clare and check out the West coast surf club to see what is happening with surf contest or beach clean-ups. We also have our Moyhill farm event from September 20th to 22nd. It is called a Farm Gathering and it where people get to come and camp on the farm for the weekend of the equinox and share in the great food with music, workshops, and lots of tours and farm demos. I hope to see you at that one Shambles.”

Related Content Insider’s Guide to Living in County Clare Insider’s Guide to County Donegal Surf Scene Insider’s Guide to County Sligo Surf Scene Insider’s Guide to County Mayo Surf Scene

Useful Links:

Sligo Surf Experience (Seamus McGoldrick’s surf school in Sligo)

West Coast Surf Club

Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club

Cliffs of Moher

Hotel Doolin



Western Development Commission Vacancy for Clerical Officer Fixed term 2 year contract

  1. Purpose of position:

 Reporting to the Head of Corporate Services, the post holder is primarily responsible to provide effective and efficient administrative support, as needed across the work of the Western Development Commission. This work is outlined in the organisation’s five year strategy available on the WDC website (

  1. Key responsibilities:

Under guidance the Clerical Officer is responsible for supporting the work across the strategic pillars of Regional Promotion, Regional Leadership and Sustainable Enterprise.  These include:

  • Implementation of the WDC strategic statement and attendant work plans.
  • Support of various RRDF or similarly funded projects.
  • In implementing the WDC’s strategic aims, you will support the implementation and development of its campaign.
  • Project reporting and shared procurement as necessary.
  • Clerical duties in support of the WDC strategic pillars.
  • Assisting with the day to day management of website and campaign (updating website, newsletters, case studies, sourcing content and relevant news from the region).
  • Support the organisation of conferences, meetings, events and travel arrangements.
  • Research on funding programmes/opportunities available (national and EU).
  • Word-processing, database, spread sheet and filing duties.
  • Compiling of regular reports.
  • Circulating Press Releases.
  • Responding directly to phone enquiries to the Commission.


Minimum one year administration experience in a fast paced office

  • Minimum NFQ Level 6 in Office Management / Business / Arts
  • Ideally completed an accredited IT skills course e.g. ECDL or other computer / office management   Hands on experience in using Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and can demonstrate excellent keyboard skills
  • Excellent customer service skills within an administration / office environment
  • Excellent communication skills in particular with proven experience of writing new content, letters and documents. Demonstrates strong professional manner in engaging with the public and colleagues.
  • Excellent organisational skills, strong attention to detail and proven ability to plan and organise multiple tasks, events and schedules.
  • Initiative and flexibility – demonstrates a flexible approach to work commitments while using own initiative to manage workload.
  • Teamwork and has proven ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  1. Conditions:

 This post is a full-time, fixed term 2 year contract, subject to project funding and a six month probationary period and all staff appointments are subject to the WDC Act.

All staff members are required to sign up to the WDC Code of Business Conduct under the code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.

The WDC Head Office is in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon. WDC staff are also located in Galway and Sligo.  The successful candidate will be located in the Head Office in Ballaghaderreen.

The salary scale for this post will be equivalent to that of the Civil Service Clerical Officer Standard Scale:

 Personal Pension Contribution (PPC) Pay Rate: The salary for this position, with effect from 1st October 2018 is as follows: €23,572, €25,114, €25,507, €26,270, €27,398, €28,523,

 €29,649, €30,469, €31,553, €32,638, €33,401, €34,474, €35,540, €37,204, €38,5121, €39,1122

 Please note: The starting salary for the person appointed to this post will be the first point on the above scale unless the successful application has previous reckonable public sector experience.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and CV (of no more than four pages) detailing your experience, qualifications and any other relevant information, to Patricia Teatum, Head of Corporate Resources, WDC, Dillon House, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon or  

Applicants can also apply through

 Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday,  8th  August at 5.00 pm

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 20th August 2019.

The WDC is an equal opportunities employer

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Ba bhuntáiste é líofacht sa Ghaeilge

The Western Development Commission and the LECo Project were delighted to support the Launch of Smart Green Mohill on Friday 28th June 2019

The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Mr. Michael Ring TD launched the vision of a Smart Green Mohill with the following plans:

  • The Economic Development Plan for Mohill– Supported by Leitrim County Council and Town and Village Funding
  • Mohill Sustainable Energy Community – Energy Master Plan – Supported and funded by the SEAI with help from the Contract Research Unit (CRU) in Sligo IT
  • Mohill Renewable Energy Feasibility Study – Supported and funded by the Western Development Commission through the Local Energy Communities (LECo) project.

The LECo project is funded through the NPA Programme and is a 3 year, €1.95m project that aims to bring together the combined experience, knowledge and expertise of the project partners and provide conditions for the creation of energy self-sufficient Local Energy Communities. Communities in Lisdoonvarna and Tourmakeady were also supported and all of the feasibility reports can be found at the following link:

Dr Orla Nic Suibhne, LECO Project Officer with the Western Development Commission stated “The role of communities in the low carbon energy transition is changing.  They are no longer passive consumers but active prosumers with the possibility of local generation, demand response and energy efficiency measures. Whilst barriers do exist, there are policy measures in the near future that will help to overcome these. For example: The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) which will allow community ownership in large scale renewable electricity generation from 2020 onwards; and the full adoption of the Clean Energy for all Europeans Package in May 2019 by the EU in which the new rules make it easier for individuals to produce, store or sell their own energy, and strengthen consumer rights with more transparency on bills, and greater choice flexibility”.

For more information please contact:

Orla Nic Suibhne|Western Development Commission (WDC)

087 7449405

Let your socks do the talking

Irish company sees novel way to help businesses brand themselves below the knee

The Irish Sock company, Irish Socksciety which has walked into the sock drawers of people all over Ireland, Europe and as far as Australia is launching their summer collection of socks. The sock business which was started in Galway by Joanna and Alex in 2017 has now become a wardrobe staple for so many across Ireland.

This Irish company has designed over 50 customised socks for companies and organisations all over Ireland. Socks have become the new pen or USB stick for businesses. “Feedback received from IS clients proves that they find it as invaluable marketing tool and a great piece for a goodie bag. It’s a perfect gift that carries the brand, is practical and fun. They can gift their brand and people then will wear and enjoy the socks. We love this element of our business, seeing a business walking around with one of our designs still gives us a real high.” explained Joanna

This summer socks have just dropped to kick start the Irish summer (Will it ever arrive!) which will require both short and long line socks of course. As with everything in Ireland its weather permitting which means that this is a year-round business and is certainly not seasonal. “ Christmas is our busiest time of the year and because we have such novel Irish inspired socks we really see occasions like Mothers and Fathers Days, anything GAA or Rugby related will see a massive spike in demand for our sport driven lines and of course our subscriptions are a new way to gift someone month on month, so long after their birthday has passed they are still getting a little treat each month, delivered to their door,” Alex said.

Irish Socksciety have customised and designed socks for – RTE 2, Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Cancer Society, Fat Fox Cafe, Pendo, The Galway Races, Science Gallery, BrightWind – and around 50 businesses throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland including the award winning Tigh Neachtain, Kai restaurant, Hazel Mountain Chocolate, The Blue Note Bar and HubSpot, Sullivan Golf and Travel, Titan HQ and internationally a group of Norway award winning Restaurants.

“This year we are focusing on designing new range for summer and winter season that will be available for subscriptions or buy, introducing new product and delivering the best of custom design. A big thing for this year is sustainability. Since the beginning, being environmentally friendly was crucial for us and we are putting and extra focus on it this and future years. We are also working on 2019 edition of Wearable Art Project where we will cooperate with one of the Irish designers on a new pattern.”

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