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Chanelle Group appoints new General Manager




David Kelly who has been appointed General Manager at the Chanelle Group, Loughrea

The Chanelle Group has announced the appointment of David Kelly, as General Manager.

Mr Kelly joins the company from ArraVasc, a medical device company based at Ballybrit where he served as Chief Financial Officer. He previously served as Head of Finance for Chanelle Group from 2006 to 2008 and has held senior financial management positions in Irish, multinational and publicly quoted companies including Boston Scientific, Aryzta plc and Aer Rianta International.

Chanelle Group is Ireland’s largest indigenous manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals for human and animal health. Employing over 375 people in Ireland, the UK and Jordan, the company recently announced a €70m investment which will double existing manufacturing capacity at its Loughrea headquarters and see significant investment in Research & Development.

Mr Kelly will work closely with Chanelle Group founder Michael Burke to oversee the company’s investment programme and lead Chanelle’s continued expansion in Ireland and overseas markets.

Commenting on David Kelly’s appointment, Michael Burke, founder, Chanelle Group said: “We have ambitious plans for our company over the next five years, growing our team to over 550 people and expanding into new markets.

“Our product pipeline is very strong and with continued investment in R&D we plan to launch 75 new products in both human and veterinary healthcare over the coming years. David’s extensive experience in the healthcare sector as well as his knowledge of Chanelle Group will be invaluable to us as we realise these plans”.

David Kelly said: “This innovation-led company is now exporting to over 80 countries worldwide and is embarking on an expansion programme which will strongly position the company for future growth. Michael Burke has grown the company to its leading position today and I am delighted to work with Michael and the team as we lead the company in its next phase of growth”.

A native of Ballygar, David lives in Castletaylor North, Ardrahan with his wife Audrey and three children.

“Chanelle is a very significant contributor to the local economy in Loughrea and provides valuable employment to people across the West of Ireland. It is important to me, that our local community continues to benefit as we grow the company in the coming years”, he added.

Mr. Kelly holds a first class honours degree in Accounting & Finance, a Masters in Business Studies from Dublin City University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy & Innovation from the Irish Management Institute. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

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Covid sees Knock down 75% in passenger numbers




Ireland West Airport.

The impact of Covid-19 is having a devastating effect as Ireland West Airport – immediately after a year that saw record passenger numbers.

A total of 807,000 passengers came through the facility in 2019 – the fourth consecutive year of passenger growth at the airport.

That upward momentum continued over the first two months of the year – before the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic forced the airport to close its doors on March 30.

The airport was closed for 91 days with airport staff ‘furloughed’ and all airport operations suspended during this time.

This followed the news of key airline partner, Flybe, who had been operating from the airport for over ten years, ceasing trading in early March, with the immediate loss of their longstanding and popular services to Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester.

The airport reopened for business on Wednesday July 1, but the impact of the pandemic has been far reaching both in the short and medium term.

Whilst air services have resumed with Ryanair at 40% of their planned schedule in operation, passenger numbers are significantly impacted as a result of the current travel advices in place.

Aer Lingus operations on their service to London Gatwick remain suspended with a provisional return date planned in mid-September.

All that meant that, by the end of July, passenger numbers will have declined by 350,000 compared to the same period in 2019 – and the full year forecast for 2020 will result in a 75% decline in passenger numbers to just over 200,000; a level last seen almost 20 years ago in 2001.

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Rural broadband boost




Remote workers in Galway can connect to high-quality broadband for the first time – following the launch of a new service with average minimum speeds of 20mbps virtually anywhere in the country.

With a simple plug and play installation, and no waiting time on deliveries, customers can be up and running 24 hours after their initial enquiry.

Broadband Anywhere from Magnet Networks is a new mobile technology product which will enable businesses and people working remotely and struggling with basic or no broadband connection to significantly upgrade their connectivity.

Operating on a separate IoT platform, using 4G LTE technology, Broadband Anywhere is not subject to contention and bridges the distance between the fibre exchange and the consumer – commonly known as the last mile.

Testing carried out at a number of locations in Galway resulted in guaranteed minimum speeds of 20mbps download and 20mbps upload while most were averaging between 40mbps – 60mbps.

The tests were conducted in Ardrahan, Bullaun, Bunowen, Clifden, Clonberne, Galway city and Tuam.

John Rattigan is MD of Lafferty Project Managers, based between Tuam and Dunmore – and he says that Broadband Anywhere is delivering speeds of 35 mbps, changing the experience of working remotely.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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At the Edge makes move onto the web




Special guest....billionaire entrepreneur Iza Login

An international conference on today’s business leadership challenges originally planned to take place in Galway this October was relaunched online with a new focus this week.

Organisers of Leading at the Edge have re-engineered the event to focus on the barriers facing businesses in dealing with the fall-out from COVID-19.

The conference will bring together online, 300 leaders from organisations large and small in every sector from across Ireland to hear from international experts and local success stories on  what’s required to lead in this new environment: rapidly recovering revenue, rethinking the business model and accelerating digital.

“We believe that this conference will provide inspiration, how-to and direction to business leaders in this hugely challenging time,” says Galway resident Kevin Kelly, one of the organisers of Leading at thew Edge.

The event will bring a mix of interviews, presentations and round-table discussions on the themes of Recovering Revenue; Rebuilding Operations; Rethinking the Organisation; and Accelerating Digital.leadingatht

Billionaire entrepreneur and creator of Talking Tom, Iza Login, will talk about how she built a billion-dollar business from nothing, starting in the last recession and what learnings are still relevant today.

US TV personality and author Kelly Swanson will demonstrate how strategic storytelling engages your staff and your customers/clients with your organisation’s purpose.

They’ll be joined by Kevin Kelly, Patrick McKeown and Paul O’Kelly as well as contributors from organisations in Ireland which have compelling leadership stories to share.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, October 7. Early bird tickets are on sale on Eventbrite until the end of July; for further details see

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