THE Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD has officially opened a 1 Gigabit (1,000 Mbps) digital hub in Skibbereen. The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen, which originally served as the local cinema from 1941 – 1981 and then a bakery, has been transformed into a 10,000 sq. ft digital hub which is the first of its kind in a non-urban area in Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SPEAKING at an event for Irish Telecom industry leaders last week, IFA President Joe Healy said that modern broadband infrastructure is an essential requirement for rural areas in order to capitalise on economic and social opportunities.
FIANNA Fáil Spokesperson on Communications Michael Moynihan TD says he is appalled following the revelation that some 750,000 homes and businesses will have to wait until 2022 before they get access to high speed broadband under the Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP).
‘Sustainability Stories West Cork’ is an innovative new project aimed at encouraging pro-environmental behaviour within the Irish agricultural sector through digital storytelling.
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
ROSSA College, Skibbereen were announced as the the runners up at the 2016 CEIA (www.ceia.ie) Schools Robot Competition held at the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) recently.
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.
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
CLONAKILTY-based Global Shares has announced that it has reached a key milestone in servicing more than a million users on their new equity plan management software platform.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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
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.
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 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 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
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
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
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, 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
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.
EIRCOM have announced that they are to significantly expand access to high speed fibre broadband in rural Ireland benefiting a number of areas in West Cork. In West Cork broadband will be expanded to Allihies, Ardgroom, Ardfield, Crossbarry, Caheragh, Churchcross, Dunderrow, Goleen, Inchydoney, Kilcrohane, Lislevane, Newcestown, Pedlar’s Cross and Rossmore. This expanded footprint means eircom will invest €400 million in fibre over the next five years, hugely benefiting families and
TREND Micro’s “What’s Your Story?” competition will award up to €7,000in prizes to young movie-makers and artists who share their learnings with those going online for the first time. Trend Micro, a global leader in security software with EMEA headquarters in Cork, announced the 2015 “What’s Your Story?” video and poster competition during the celebration of Safer Internet Day.