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2020 will see Galway set for €45m windfall

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Galway's 2020 Capital of Culture success will depend on investment in key infrastructure such as a concert hall and/or convention centre

Galway is set to be on the receiving end of a €45 million windfall to prepare the city and county for its tenure as the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

That’s according to Galway Government backbencher Hildegarde Naughten, who urged that the development of a world-class convention centre in the city should be a priority in advance of Galway’s reign.

With 2020 expected to attract an additional one million tourists to the city, Deputy Naughton pinpointed the convention centre as an infrastructural priority, which she claims would be an ideal legacy of the Capital of Culture year.

“Something that we’re missing in Galway is a large-scale concert and convention centre, evidenced by the fact that the largest such facility in the west is located in Co Mayo,” she said.

“We have an opportunity to address that deficit now, and an iconic convention centre would be a fantastic legacy from Galway’s year as the European Capital of Culture.”

Such a centre could be developed as part of a new cultural quarter on council lands adjacent to the Black Box theatre on the Dyke Road, where a €25-million library and cultural centre is already planned, she said.

“The possibilities for such an amenity are clear,” continued Deputy Naughton. “The fact that the Galway International Arts Festival requires a temporary arena in the form of the Big Top each year suggests that something is missing here.

“Aside from the potential for its use as a concert venue; conferences and conventions constitute a high-value sector where there is a significant demand at present.

“The economic value of a conference delegate is two to three times higher than a leisure tourist, and there is a multitude of professions and industries that would love to hold conventions in Galway if an appropriate venue was available.

“The development of a concert and convention centre as part of the 2020 preparations, therefore, should be viewed as an investment rather than an expense.

“It would be a great addition from the perspective of the arts, tourism and industry; and would be a lasting and iconic legacy from this historic celebration of Galway’s excellence as a Capital of Culture,” she added.

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GMIT’s new Head of its Business School

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Dr George Onofrei, Head of the GMIT School of Business.

GMIT has announced the appointment of Dr George Onofrei as the new Head of its School of Business, commencing this month.

Prior to joining GMIT, Dr Onofrei was Senior Lecturer in Strategic Development in Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

He has over 15 years’ experience in academia as well as considerable industry practice within the automotive, food and retail sector. He brings experience and a proven track record of success in the development of new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

“I look forward to continuing the development of new programmes and creating new opportunities within the School of Business working with both staff and industry partners,” said Dr Onofrei.

He succeeds Professor Graham Heaslip who was appointed Head of the GMIT School of Engineering, following Gerard MacMichael’s retirement.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Corrib Oil’s national expansion

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Galway-headquartered Corrib Oil, one of Ireland’s leading service station and oil distribution providers has entered an agreement to acquire H2 Group.

While subject to approval by the competition regulator, this deal will see Corrib Oil acquire 13 high quality retail sites based across the south and east of Ireland, expanding the Corrib Retail footprint to 33 stores in total.

It means Corrib Oil will operate across 54 sites in 16 counties, employing over 1,000 people.

The new sites are located in Kerry; Kildare; Limerick; Tipperary; Dublin; Laois, Offaly and Cork.

Established in 1987, Corrib Oil employs 700 people across 14 counties in the West, Midlands and South.

The company, which was founded in Claremorris, is headquartered in Parkmore on the east side of Galway city. It operates two distinct divisions, Corrib Retail and Corrib Distribution.

Corrib Retail currently operates 20 convenience stores with forecourts; while Corrib Distribution, a leading distributor of heating oils and fuel, operates through 21 depots across 14 counties.

Having maintained a 22-year relationship with BWG Foods, all Corrib Retail convenience stores are branded as Spar, while all forecourts are branded Circle K or Texaco, with instore partners including Insomnia and Chopped.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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