Clune congratulates Ludgate in Skibbereen on their achievement

Deirdre Clune visiting the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen.

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has congratulated the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen for making the finals of the European Broadband Awards.

The Ludgate Hub has been selected as a finalist in the European Broadband Awards 2016 by a jury who choose 16 finalists. Altogether 66 projects applied for the European Broadband Award 2016 from all over Europe. Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, will announce the five winners on 14 November at a special Award Ceremony in Brussels.

The award coincides with the National Digital Week which kicks off tomorrow in the West Cork Hotel.

Ludgate has a 1,000MB broadband connection and is primarily focused on job creation and innovation in the wider West Cork area.

The initiative aims to facilitate up to 75 people in a creative co-working environment with a long term objective to create 500 direct jobs and 1,000 indirect jobs via a sustainable digital economy for Skibbereen and the wider West Cork area.

Clune visited the Ludgate Hub in April of this year and described it as an initiative that encouraged enterprise and entrepreneurship in the community.

The refurbished Old Bakery building was made available for the initiative by local entrepreneur John Field and is named after Skibbereen native Percy Ludgate, who designed the world’s first portable computer in 1907.

“Hubs like Ludgate create an entrepreneurial culture in an area and drive job creation. This is a model that should be rolled out in other towns across Cork to ensure that business enterprise is supported and encouraged in rural Ireland.

“There is an enormous spin off from this to the surrounding hinterland and similar projects have the potential to revitalise rural market towns through enterprise and diversification. This award is well deserved and I welcome it warmly,” she said.