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Gort initiative celebrates business, agriculture, sports and community activities

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Gort will form the focal point for a celebration of community achievements in South Galway at a two-day Enterprise Town expo later this month.

The commercial, social, agriculture and sports groups which form the fabric of this vibrant community will be showcased in a business expo on Friday week, May 15, followed by a sports and community expo the following day.

Celebrity guests over the two days will include Kilkenny hurling legend Tommy Walsh, Galway All-Ireland camogie hero Therese Maher, MEP Mairead McGuinness, singer Seán Keane and Connacht rugby player Jason Harris-Wright

The event is being organised as part of Bank of Ireland’s ‘Enterprise Town initiative which aims to promote business momentum for SMEs and the agriculture sector as well as the wider sports and social community in towns throughout Ireland.

The Business and Community Expo, which commences at 4pm on Friday week, will provide an opportunity for everyone in the community and outside to see the wide range of businesses operating around Gort, Ardrahan, Kinvara and surrounding areas.

Over 80 enterprises from tourism to agriculture and retail to communications have taken stands and many will be providing samples and special offers to all who attend.

The guest speaker at the business expo will be Mairead McGuinness MEP who will officially launch a new tourism and community website www.burrenlowlands.ie which is aimed at increasing the number of visitors to the area.

The expo will also include panel discussions on the topics of tourism and agriculture with guests such as John Ruddle, Chief Executive of Shannon Heritage, Suzanne Trehy from Fáilte Ireland, Tom Turley Regional Chairman of the IFA and Eimear O’Donnell of Bord Bia.

Saturday morning sees the opening of the Sports and Community Expo which will include over 40 exhibitors including local schools, charities, sports clubs and community groups from across the area.

This event will run from 11am to 2pm and will include special guests Tommy Walsh; Therese Maher and All Ireland winner; Jason Harris-Wright and Sean Keane.

Entertainment will be provided by, amongst others, the Tommy Baker Puppet Show, Coole Music and the Marie Gavin Irish Dancing School.

Local clubs will play an Under 8’s hurling and camogie games on the Astroturf pitch with medal presentation by Tommy Walsh and Therese Maher.

There will be lots of fun for all the family including face painting and free Linalla ice cream.

The Connacht Tribune will be there on both days with some memories of the past and capturing occasion for the following weeks’ papers.

Damien Gardiner, Branch Manager at Bank of Ireland Gort said “I encourage everyone to get involved in our Enterprise Town initiative.

“Since we launched the initiative the response from the whole community has been fantastic and I am looking forward to the two events for what will be a great weekend to showcase the very best that Gort and the area has to offer”.

Admission is free for everyone and all events will take place in Gort Community Centre.

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Former Manchester United star joins forces with Galway tech company

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New alliance...Rachel Kavanagh, CMO Clubforce; Garry Stannett, CEO Rio Ferdinand Foundation, and Noel Murray, CEO, Clubforce.

A Galway enterprise that started out as a pet project to establish a fundraising tool for Irish Diaspora to send money to their GAA clubs back home has now teamed up with an English football legend – to drive inclusivity in sport.

Clubforce, founded by Warren Healy in Carna back in 2009, has joined forced with the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, a youth and community development charity which works in the heart of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

The Rio Ferdinand Foundation was set up in 2012 by the former professional footballer, following issues of inequality he experienced in his own life.

It is now working in communities across Ireland and the UK, with regional hubs in Belfast, Manchester, and London – supporting more than 10,000 youths, helping them to realise their potential.

Foundation Founder, former Manchester United and England centre-half Rio Ferdinand, said he was ‘delighted to collaborate with a community-focused software company developing technology to promote sports participation and make sport accessible to all’.

“We are on the same journey,” he said.

Clubforce CMO Rachel Kavanagh said they had huge admiration for the work done by the Rio Ferdinand Foundation – particularly for girls.

“I’m especially excited to hear about programs such as GoGirl, building the confidence of young women and girls to achieve their potential. We’re looking forward to contributing to the efforts made by the Foundation to drive inclusion and sports participation across genders in both geographies,” she said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New domain registrations reveal growth of almost 7% over first half of year

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Figures...David Curtin.

Traditional businesses are embracing their online presence now more than ever in the aftermath of Covid – with Galway companies showing a growth of almost seven per cent in new domain registrations post-pandemic.

That’s according to the latest statistics released by .IE, Ireland’s country domain manager. 

There were 1,236 new .ie domains registered in Galway in the first half of this year, representing growth of 6.6% over pre-pandemic 2019.

That figure accounted for over half of the 2,352 new .ie domains registered in Connacht between January and June 2022, as the database reported 2.6% year-on-year growth, with new registrations returning to pre-pandemic levels.

Identifying with place proved very popular for new .ie registrations in H1 2022. In Galway, the top three keywords in new .ie domain registrations were ‘Galway’, ‘Ireland’ and ‘Irish’.

At the end of June, the total .ie database stood at 332,642 domains.

Limerick recorded the highest percentage growth among the major urban counties (Dublin, Cork, Galway and Waterford) over the first half of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Large numbers of younger Irish workers plan to change jobs in next two years

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Gary Notley...workers reassessing options.

More than half of the co-called Gen Z’s and only slightly less of our millennials plan to leave their current jobs for pastures new in the next two years.

That’s according to a new Deloitte Ireland survey which revealed that 56% of Gen Zs and 40% of millennials plan to leave their current roles in that time.

It also found that 53% of millennials believe the economic situation will worsen in the next twelve months, compared to 36% of Gen Z.

And 55% of Irish millennials cite the cost of living as being their number one greatest concern with one in four of them leaving their organisations in 2022 as a result of burnout.

Gen Z refers to the generation of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, while millennials are those reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century.

Overall, the survey found that both cohorts are concerned about an economic downturn – but they desire a better work/life balance and want more flexible working arrangements than they currently have.

The Irish participants were taking part in the Millennial and Gen Z global study of over 45 countries – and they said they are more willing than ever to leave for fresh opportunities.

They are seeking options to provide them with better salary/reward, work life balance, higher flexibility and opportunity offered by employers, and, to a lesser extent, organisations focused on climate change.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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