Galway County & City Enterprise Board is marking next week’s SME Week, which runs from October 21 to 25, with a Roadshow around the county and a series of events which will provide information and inspiration to individuals with business ideas and existing business owners.
The Roadshow features local business owners, Pádraic Ó Máille, mentor trainer and motivator and Breda Fox, CEO of the Galway County & City Enterprise Board. All speakers are there to share their experiences and offer advice, support and encouragement.
Local entrepreneurs and will speak about the challenges and opportunities in the current economic climate and how they are positioned to make the most of opportunities with the support of their County & City Enterprise Board.
The Roadshow will first stop off at the Ard Rí Hotel in Tuam next Monday from 7pm to 8pm when speakers include the Friendly Farmer, aka Ronan Byrne, who produces free range meat poultry from his family 35 acre farm holding outside Athenry which once belonged to his grandparents.
It was in 2007, after Ronan returned from Poland (where he managed a large scale dairy farm) that the farm was switched to an ‘open pasture’ method of farming, in an attempt to redress the balance of intensive poultry production and the growing demand for better quality. The farm also has the most beautiful Pyrenean Mountain dogs, these dogs are classed as ‘livestock guardians’ and when properly trained will protect whatever livestock they live with.
On Wednesday, the Roadshow moves to the Lough Rea Hotel – again from 7pm to 8pm, when the key speaker will be Mike O’Neill, Managing Director of ONM Systems Ltd which he founded in 2006. The company is based in Loughrea, and now employs seven staff. The Company is 100% Irish owned.
The core business of ONM Systems Ltd is the development and installation of software systems on mobile devices. These systems are primarily used in a Van Sales / Sales representative environment but they have also developed Ticketing Systems, Courier Systems and Maintenance/Service Engineer systems. As they write all their own software, their systems may be tailored to meet specific customer requirements. ONM also provide staff training and a comprehensive after sales support & maintenance service.
At startup the company consisted of Mike O’ Neill and the office was a converted garage. Naoise Wrynne (Technical Director) joined the company shortly after startup. Due to growth the company moved offices in 2009 and the company now employs 7 people. Their main market is in Ireland but they have also installed systems in England and Scotland.
And then on Thursday, the final night of the Roadshow is at the Station House Theatre in Clifden – from 7pm to 8pm – when the speaker will be Graham Roberts, owner of Connemara Smokehouse.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway medtech firm awarded €3.6m to develop revolutionary stroke treatment
A Galway medical device company is working with a consortium to help develop disruptive technology in the treatment of stroke – after it was awarded awarded €3.6m in funding.
Ceroflo is partnered on the project with manufacturing firm Advant Medical and the Medical and Engineering Technologies (MET) Centre at Atlantic Technological University (ATU).
Cereflo secured the funding on foot of its development of a revolutionary new type of stent technology that promises to be vastly more effective than existing treatments to treat Intracranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD), a leading cause of stroke.
Up to 50% of strokes are caused by a build-up of plaque in an artery in the brain known as Intra-Cranial Atherosclerotic Disease (ICAD).
Pharmaceutical therapies aimed at reducing the stroke rate are currently deemed the most effective form of treatment for the condition but more than 20% of patients with significant ICAD still suffer recurring stroke within twelve months.
Technological solutions have so far proved sub-optimal, leaving this large population of patients with the ongoing risk of devastating strokes.
The Ceroflo SubMax Stent represents a game-changer in the treatment of ICAD as its shape and structure has been developed to suit the unique challenges of this disease.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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Galway Science and Technology Festival’s breaks new record
More than 22,000 people attended last Sunday’s Galway Science and Technology Festival exhibition in the University of Galway – breaking all previous records.
Celebrating 25 years of STEM Education, the exhibition was the opening event for the two week annual Galway Science and Technology Festival, which is the largest event of its kind in Europe. It showcases Galway as the MedTech capital of Europe and a growing IT Hub, bringing science and technology to over 35,000 students in schools across Galway city and county. This year there will be over 200 STEM demonstrations, shows and workshops in 140 primary schools and 40 post-primary schools.
The exhibition was a hive of activity with 25 shows and hands-on workshops and over 80 demonstrations and interactive exhibitions created by sponsor companies and agencies, universities and schools. Families enjoyed 3D astronomy shows and learned how to extract DNA from a banana , saw parasites in VR, drove Valeos self-driving car using a mobile phone, visited the Teddy Bear hospital and the ever popular Doctor Bug introduced tarantulas, snakes and lizards to very excited children and much, much more. Medtronic’s Junior Hospital team engaged with families at their fantastic interactive series of stands in the Human Biology Building. Sue McGrath entertained with the Devastatingly Dramatic Climate Show and new to the Festival is Braintastic with their Non-Sense show exploring our senses.
The 2022 Galway Science & Technology Person of the Year Award was presented to Dr Enda O’Connell, Senior Technical Officer at University of Galway and Founding Director of ReelLIFE Science, a science video competition for schools and youth organisations in Ireland and N. Ireland, celebrating its tenth year, the competition encourages young people to engage with STEM, while developing their creativity and communication skills.
To mark the 25th year of the Festival, a special presentation was made to the Treacy Family in commemoration of the late Noel Treacy, Founding Patron of the Galway Science & Technology Festival. Mr Treacy continued to be a strong advocate for the Festival over the 25 years and his presence was greatly missed this year.
Anne Murray, Festival Manager said: “We were delighted to be back on campus at the University of Galway to celebrate and learn about the world around us. The attendance on the day reflected the value that families and the public place on this unique event and we were so glad to be able to honour the memory of the late Noel Treacy who always said it started with an idea”.
Development Commission appoints Interim CEO
The Western Development Commission has announced the appointment of Allan Mulrooney as its Interim Chief Executive. This follows the departure of Tomás Ó Síocháin from the organisation after four years at the helm.
The agency said following the Board’s decision to appoint Allan as acting Interim CEO, that it will continue to work in all key areas of activity.
Sligo native Allan Mulrooney currently holds the role of Head of Communications and Atlantic Economic Corridor Development as a member of the management team having joined in 2019. Allan has led on new initiatives including ConnectedHubs.ie, WesternJobs.ie, a full rebrand for the organisation and it’s More To Life digital campaign. Before his role in the WDC Allan worked with IDA Ireland and before this he worked with eir in Dublin.
He will commence his role in December when Tomás Ó Síocháin takes up his new position as CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta. A competitive process to appoint a permanent CEO is expected to get underway in early 2023.
Following the announcement, Allan Mulrooney described it as an honour to accept the position on an interim basis.
“Our mission will not change, and I look forward to working with my colleagues across the wider WDC team and the Department of Rural and Community Development. It is vital that we continue to stimulate businesses, support innovation, build new partnerships and foster a vibrant ecosystem across the region at this critical time,” he said.
Tomás Ó Síocháin, who made the announcement, referenced the drive and experience that Allan will bring to the role.
“Allan brings a wealth of experience to this role, particularly in the ongoing and planned work of the WDC and already has an excellent working relationships with key regional and national stakeholders in the regional development sector,” he said.