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Commissioner Hogan Visits Ludgate Hub, Skibbereen

Prior to opening a major EU conference on the future of European Rural Development policy, the EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, today visited the Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, Co Cork. Recalling the essential support that rural development policy provides for supporting rural areas throughout the EU, Commissioner Hogan said “today’s visit to the Ludgate Hub is a perfect illustration of how a group of forward-thinking people

Digitalforge Surges Ahead of National Broadband Providers with New 10GB Connectivity – Faster Broadband to Create New Jobs for West Cork

Digitalforge, West Cork’s premier home phone and broadband supplier has this week launched its fastest ever 10GB fibre connection for its 2,000 customers throughout the region. The connection on Mount Gabriel is the latest step by Digital Forge to get high speed fibre connectivity directly to the heart of their ever expanding network which allows hundreds of customers receive high speed broadband in areas which would otherwise be unconnected.

Global Startup Gathering 2016 launches in Cork

Minister for European Affairs launches a celebration of the global startup community which takes place in Cork from 18th – 20th November 2016 THE arrival of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Startup Nations Summit to Cork later this year will further solidify Ireland’s reputation as a nation that is committed to supporting, growing and driving entrepreneurship and innovation, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Local Businesses put together a “Welcome Pack” to support and welcome the Ludgate Hub tenants

Many of Skibbereen’s local businesses joined forces, with the Ludgate Hub, to welcome the new tenants to Skibbereen & surrounds by donating, generous offers encouraging them to sample what the area has to offer. The vouchers consisted of a range of offerings including; 10-30% off products & services, a free ‘welcome to town’ pint, free coffees and lite bites, free car washes and beauty treatments.

CEIA launches new app development competition

THE CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network – has launched a new App development competition for transition year students based on the logic of George Boole. SySTEM, a team-based competition that will run over a 12-week period starting in September 2016, will require teams of up to 8 students to establish a mini-technology company and develop an App for a game incorporating the true and false values of Boolean logic.

Skibbereen CoderDojo club relocate to the Ludgate Hub

THE Skibbereen branch of CoderDojo have found a new home in the Ludgate Hub, at the Old Bakery Building in Townshend Street, Skibbereen. The street was once home to Percy Ludgate who is famed for deigning the first portable computer.

Ludgate Hub calls for expressions of interest for share of a €300,000 ‘Ludgate Seed Capital Fund’

A €300,000 Ludgate Seed Capital fund, aimed at companies who locate in The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, is currently calling on entrepreneurs to register interest in the fund by 20th of May 2016. The fund is designed to support start-up and early stage companies with job creation potential. The Ludgate Seed fund is joint-funded by Gain Line Capital Investments Limited & the Sean & Rose O’Driscoll Family Investment Fund, and

Authorities “utterly delusional” on mess of mobile phone coverage in rural Ireland

CORK South-West general election candidate Margaret Murphy O’Mahony has called for an independent expert audit of Ireland’s phone coverage which would include regional mapping, and grading of coverage to identify levels of patchy coverage.  The Bandon based candidate says it’s needed because of a high volume of dropped calls and bad 3G coverage in large parts of rural Ireland.

Fibre broadband coming to Schull, Baltimore, Union Hall and Beara

TELECOM provider Eir have confirmed that work is set to commence on bringing fibre broadband to Schull, Baltimore and Union Hall and also upgrading of equipment in the Durrus and Leap exchanges. Cable is also now being put through the pipes to bring fibre broadband to Beara after many obstacles (outside of Eir’s control) have been resolved. Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington who was involved in securing that work could

Sneem, a great place to live and work

A NEW initiative from Sneem Enterprise Centre and the IDA aims to attract skilled workers and their families to the idyllic South Kerry village to live and work and not just for a holiday visit.

Trading Online Voucher Seminar in Skibbereen

THE Local Enterprise Office are holding a Trading Online Voucher Seminar in Skibbereen, this week; Thursday, 28th January, 2016. Anyone wishing to launch, upgrade their own site or participate in Skibbereen’s eStreet.ie collaborative will need to attend, or send a representative.

UCC connects startups to free legal advice

UCC has become the first university in Ireland to offer free legal information to startups with the launch of its new IT Law Clinic. Twelve postgraduate law students work together with academic staff and established law firms including McCullagh Wall, Ronan Daly Jermyn and O’Dowd Solicitors, responding to legal questions from startups, from protecting copyright to ensuring websites comply with data protection law.

Ornua welcomes Carbery Macra members to the home of Irish dairy

MACRA na Feirme, the Irish young farmers and rural youth organisation, and Ornua representatives visited Ornua Deutschland, the home of Irish dairy in Germany recently. Carbery Macra members John O’Driscoll, Padraig O’Driscoll and Eileen Hurley joined Ornua and Macra representatives to visit the Ornua Deutschland manufacturing and packaging plant in Neukirchen-Vluyn.

€300,000 pledged to help startups at Ludgate@Skibbereen

START-UPS in West Cork are set to benefit from €300,000 in seed funding pleged to the recently established Ludgate@Skibbereen digital hub at National Digital Week Skibbereen by Cork business-man Maurice Healy of the Healy Group and Glen Dimplex CEO Sean O’Driscoll who each pleged €150,000.

Spearline Labs in Skibbereen to double workforce – €1 million investment announced

SPEARLINE Labs, the world’s largest toll and toll-free number testing provider has announced that it is hiring 20 people at its Skibbereen base as it looks to double its workforce over the next 18 months. The expansion is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Enterprise Ireland. The company that was founded in 2003 by Kevin Buckley (CEO) and Matthew Lawlor (CTO) has a global presence in

Industry 4.0 – The digital and Industry fusion

AS part of National Digital Week in Skibbereen this week, a fascinating and informative event on the digital future of industry takes place at the Lough Hyne Suite, in the West Cork Hotel on Friday, November 6th from 12.00 – 14.45. Around the world, traditional manufacturing industry is in the throes of digital transformation that is accelerated by exponentially growing technologies, including intelligent robots, drones, sensors and 3D printing.

West Cork goes digital – Skibbereen hosts Ireland’s first National Digital Week

IRELAND’S first ever National Digital Week takes place in Skibbereen this week from Tuesday, November 3rd to Sunday, November 8th. The week-long event will be attended by some of the country’s top digital experts, who will speak at the conference along with high profile international guests. Jobs, health, science, agriculture, retail, and industry – the digital challenge affects them all. It’s one of the biggest issues of our time and

Ireland’s first National Digital Week to be held in Skibbereen West Cork

IRELAND’S first ever National Digital Week will take place from November 3rd – 8th in Skibbereen in the heart of West Cork, with more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, digital marketers, technology enthusiasts and those embarking on a digital journey, expected to attend. National Digital Week aims to develop entrepreneurship by making digital accessible for all, and is the first of its kind in a non-urban area in Ireland. It caters for

Ludgate@Skibbereen Wins €50,000 in funding to support digital community initiatives

Ludgate@Skibbereen are proud to announce that they are the lucky recipients of a €50,000 fund through the REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) pilot scheme via the Economic Development of Rural Areas (CEDRA) fund. Ann Phelan, TD Minister of State for Rural Affairs announced the €3,758,479 in funding on Tuesday for the REDZ pilot scheme where recipients were selected on a competitive basis. This pilot is a result of the work

Startup Gathering 2015 event at E-Bantry

AS part of the Start-up Gathering 2015, E-Bantry Enterprise Centre is planning an Open Morning to showcase the facilities and supports available at the centre to start-up businesses in the area. The Open Morning will take place on Thursday, October 8th from 10am -1pm, and will offer members of the community the opportunity to learn more about the superb facilities at E Bantry. E-Bantry staff will be available to offer

Free Wi-Fi plan for tourist areas

IRELAND South MEP Deirdre Clune has supported an amendment to a tourism report passing through the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism committee that calls on EU member states, including Ireland, to provide free Wi-Fi in tourist towns and areas. “Dublin and Cork already provide free Wi-Fi in parts of the cities and I don’t see any reason as to why we should not be rolling this out to more tourist

Digital hub to create 500 jobs

THE Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White TD o­fficially launched a new Digital Hub for Skibbereen on Friday. Ludgate@Skibbereen is an initiative that aims to create an entrepreneurial “ecosystem” in the region and seeks to create 500 jobs in five years with an initial 75 plus jobs in the start-up phase. The refurbished Old Bakery building which will be renamed “The Ludgate Hub” was made available for

E Bandon Enterprise Centre offers cost effective and convenient office space for businesses

E Bandon Enterprise Centre, funded and supported by Cork County Council, Bandon Chamber of Commerce and Bandon Credit Union, boasts office space and meeting/training facilities for start ups and expanding businesses in the Bandon area. Centrally located in South Main Street, E-Bandon enables companies to develop and grow in dedicated office space, with a variety of desk and office configurations. The aim of the ECentre is to provide a flexible

Full telecommunications service restored to Sherkin Island

LOCAL TD Noel Harrington has confirmed that repairs have been completed on the submarine telecommunications cable to Sherkin Island following his representations to senior management in Eircom. This has been a challenging task for Eircom and their contractors waiting for the right combination of weather tides and wind to restore a full capacity service to all the islanders.