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Galway couple doing their bit for cleaner air – in quest for new eco car

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Mona Wise with Enda Cantwell of Bradley’s Renault in Galway and Mícheál O’Cadhla of GIY Ireland at the handover of the Renault Fluence ZE. Photo: Andrew Downes.

A Galway couple are among four pioneers chosen to take part in the Operation GIY Nation campaign launched last March in association with Renault Ireland and GIY (Grow it Yourself) Ireland.

The four are participating in an eco-adventure, growing their own food and driving Renault’s Fluence Z.E. electric car for the next three months.

The winner, who will be chosen by a panel from GIY Ireland and Renault Group, will not only walk away from the adventure armed with new life-skills and lots of healthy, home-grown produce – they also get to keep their Renault Fluence Z.E.

The pioneers are Gary Guilfoyle of Multyfarnham, Co. Westmeath; Keith McGreal of Castlebar, Co.Mayo; Rachel Coffey of Dalkey, Co. Dublin and Móna Wise from Claregalway, who is currently on work placement at the Connacht Tribune.

Each pioneer was chosen for their enthusiasm for growing their own food, and for their interest in driving an eco-friendly electric vehicle and their ability to promote their challenge through blogging and social media.

“We were delighted to be chosen for this project,” said Móna Wise.

“The four kids are all at the age where they are learning more about the environment at home and at school. We already raise chickens, ducks and turkeys for the table and this year each of the kids have all been assigned small growing projects in the garden.

“They are all grumbling about all the weeding they have to do but are delighted to watch their vegetables thrive, and show great enthusiasm when it comes to eating what they grow.”

Móna, a full time student of the MA in Journalism at NUI Galway, and her husband Ron, a baker at Morton’s of Galway, plan on focusing their efforts on the huge costs savings this car will give them, especially during the summer months.

The cost of a full charge for the electric car is only two euros and this allows for a drive of 80km to 100km per charge.

“There is certainly a feel-good factor about driving this car,” admits Ron.

“We would all like to think we do our share for cleaner air and driving an electric vehicle like the Renault Fluence ZE is an excellent opportunity. Aside from the huge cost savings, it is a pleasure to drive and we have made several trips around the county already testing the range and speed of the car.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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