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Good news for west as Ryanair unveils three new direct services out of Knock

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Ireland West Airport Knock last week unveiled a major boost for the West of Ireland with the news that Ryanair will commence three new direct services to the Dutch city of Eindhoven, Glasgow and Kaunas in Lithuania from next April.

In addition Ryanair will add evening services on Fridays and Sundays on their London Luton and London Stansted services to cater for business and commuter traffic to and from the London market.

This announcement represents a significant milestone for the airport and western region as it provides scheduled direct air access for the first time from the Benelux region, which has a population of over 28m people and is a growing tourism market to Ireland. This new service offers significant potential for new tourism business to the region.

These new services are forecasted to increase passenger numbers through the airport by an estimated 80,000 in 2014 which will see the airport reach the milestone of over three quarters of a million passengers for the first time in its history.

Further to the announcement of new routes Ryanair will add an additional 60,000 seats on their hugely popular Luton and Stansted service to cater for the increasing demand amongst the business and commuter market.

This marks another chapter in the airport’s relationship and development with Ryanair as it expands our route network to 16 scheduled destinations across the UK and Europe serving major markets in England, Scotland, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Lithuania.

Starting next April, flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to Eindhoven will operate every Tuesday & Saturday with flights to Kaunas every Thursday and flights to Glasgow will commence in June on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.  The new services are already on sale on the Ryanair.com website.

 

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Pandemic sees surge in digital

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David Curtin...digital upsurge.

The pandemic – and the need to switch business to the net – saw a massive 37% rise in new .ie domains registered in Galway over the last twelve months.

In total, 2,927 local businesses, services, and community groups mobilised online in response to pandemic, according to the latest .IE Domain Profile Report.

And that reflected the national picture which saw 65,113 new .ie domains registered in total in 2020 – the highest ever figure – with registrations peaking in May, six weeks after Government ordered non-essential retail to close.

There were 5,705 new .ie domain registrations in Connacht alone in 2020, a 38% increase on 2019. Indeed every county on the island recorded an increase in registrations. .IE is the national registry for .ie domain names.

David Curtin, Chief Executive of .IE, Ireland’s national registry for .ie domains said there had been a ‘mass mobilisation of digital in every part of the economy and society’ in response to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It suggests that businesses and public services, regardless of county or whether they are in a city or a small town, were able to quickly and easily set up an online presence and meet local demand in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is evident in Galway and across the entire province of Connacht,” he said.

“Businesses migrated online, many for the first time, in direct response to the lockdowns,” he said. “They realised that having an online presence, and in many cases e-commerce capabilities, would at the very least minimise the damage of reduced or non-existent footfall.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Western Development Commission invests €2m in Galway based Atlantic Therapeutics

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Manager at WDC at the recent announced of the WDC’s €2m investment.

The Western Development Commission has recently invested €2million in Atlantic Therapeutics, the Galway-based company pioneering a non-invasive, wearable treatment for urinary incontinence – a condition that impacts on one in three women worldwide.

It’s the largest single investment the WDC Investment Fund has made to date and is complemented by returning investors Seroba Life Sciences, Earlybird, LSP, Andera Partners and Atlantic Bridge, who continue their ongoing support for Atlantic Therapeutics with a substantial undisclosed investment.

The financing will support the expansion of the company’s commercialization activities in the core US and UK markets for its INNOVO technology to treat urinary incontinence. Also known as bladder weakness, urinary incontinence is a stigmatised condition that impacts one in three women worldwide, having a profoundly negative impact on quality and enjoyment of life.

Atlantic Therapeutics has established the INNOVO brand as the leading innovation in non-invasive, wearable neuromuscular electrical stimulation. The device acts to strengthen the pelvic floor and thereby treat the underlying cause of bladder weakness.

The technology has offered hope to millions of women worldwide whose only option to deal with bladder leaks has to been to use feminine hygiene pads.

The Western Development Commission’s €75m Investment Fund is an Evergreen investment fund, providing seed and venture capital and loan finance to SMEs, micro-enterprises, social enterprises and community projects across the Western Region.

To date, it has invested in more than 200 enterprises supporting over 5,000 jobs and leveraging over a quarter of a billion investment for western enterprises.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Food for thought at hotel careers fair!

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Jacinta Dalton and Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Galway International Hotel School Heads of Department, at last year’s onsite Careers Fair.

Over 45 tourism and hospitality employers outlined a range of options across the sector at home and abroad for the legion of interested students who attended the Virtual GMIT International Hotel School Careers Fair last week.

Those options included work placements, summer jobs – as well as further graduate employment opportunities to GMIT students and alumni.

Among the students involved was Ciara Heneghan, who is in her 4th year of the BA in International Hotel Management.

“This year more than ever the Galway International Hotel School’s Careers Fair provided a great opportunity to all current students and alumni to meet and engage with many employers – albeit virtually,” she said.

“Personally, I have benefitted greatly from this careers fair in the past and secured wonderful work placement opportunities. We have grown accustomed to engaging online over the last year and this year’s virtual Career’s Fair presented all options once again.”

Diarmuid Ó Conghaile, Head of Department for Tourism & Heritage, said that the annual Careers Fair had gone from strength to strength.

“Its success is driven by our Links Office, who coordinate with our industry partners at home and aboard to offer both accredited placement and graduate opportunities to our students,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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