John Henry Donovan, David Tuohy Anthony O’Mara, Trend Micro talking technology in advance of the OFFSITE technology event taking place at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, West Cork.
Pic: Clare Keogh

WEST Cork’s budding technology sector will benefit from a new technology event, “Offsite”, announced recently by the West Cork Development Partnership.


Taking place on Thursday, September 27th at the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, Offsite 2012 has been devised to drive technology expertise in the region and to bring technology entrepreneurs, starts ups, programmers and e-workers together with industry leaders and tech specialists.



“While West Cork is well known and much loved for amazing food and beautiful scenery, there is a growing and dynamic technology cluster here, that we, at WCDP, are keen to support.

“One way that we can support the growth of the sector locally is to provide opportunities for networking and knowledge sharing and we have kept these in mind in designing the event”, said David Tuohy, Offsite project lead at West Cork Development Partnership.



“Homegrown tech entrepreneurs such as Conor O’Neill, Louder Voice and Donal Cahalane, Next Big Thing will address the event as well as internationally successful tech entrepreneurs such as Jerry Kennelly (, John Dennehy (Zartis) and Kevin O’Leary (Qumas).



“The jam-packed schedule for the event ensures that it is a ‘must’ for all entrepreneurs, start ups and technology hungry individuals both in and outside of West Cork and is definitely a date for the technology diary”, he added.



Offsite is unique in many ways, but particularly as it will be a highly interactive event, with a BarCamp session where people at the event can present their own technology ideas and developments, as well as plenty of panel discussion and engagement with the audience scheduled in the agenda, which is available in full at



Practical sessions on latest technology trends and tools, advice and support on growing a tech business and bringing it to new markets as well as funding will all be topics for discussion.



The Chair, Anthony O’Mara from Trend Micro, will be on hand to stimulate interaction and discussion, and will talk about being in a global technology role while living in a rural location. So the message is simple: if you are interested in the technology business, making new connections and developing new ideas then take a day offsite and get down to Rosscarbery for West Cork’s premier technology conference.



The Offsite event will run from 9am to 3pm on Thursday, September 27th and tickets are on sale now at with an early bird offer of €40 for bookings before September 10th.

For full details, see, or on Facebook or twitter @offsite2012.