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Liam Bluett – General Manager SCCUL Enterprise

The Pope’s visit to Galway might not have happened at all, if the finance gurus in Northern Telecom’s Canadian head office had their way.

‘The company counted its stocks of parts in every location around the world on the last weekend of September each year,’ explains Liam Bluett who worked in the finance department in Galway at the time

‘As it was entirely a manual process, this required a lot of staff to work over the whole weekend but in 1979 the Pope’s visit to Ballybrit meant access to our plant in Mervue would be difficult if not impossible.

‘We explained this to the guys in Ontario who responded by asking us if the Pope’s visit could be postponed or cancelled.

‘They didn’t see it as a big deal, but we managed to come up with a compromise which achieved what they wanted and allowed Pope John Paul make his famous speech to the young people of Ireland.

Liam joined Northern Telecom in 1978 having spent several years in the British Merchant Navy before qualifying as an accountant in the mid 1970’s.

In 1978 industrial life in Galway was dominated by Digital, Crown, Thermo King and NT.

‘It was a very friendly and relatively young city,’ says Liam, ‘and on Thursday nights the workers poured into town from Mervue and Ballybrit and the place would be hopping.

They only made telephone sets in Mervue then but in 1979 a technology transfer group was set up which allowed the site develop engineering and ultimately product development capabilities of its own during the early 1980’s.

Within a decade the Galway site was well established as a European Centre of Excellence for manufacturing, distribution, customer service, product development and R&D.

This period also coincided with the computerisation of the finance function globally which allowed the department in Galway take on additional responsibilities for European markets.

‘We were closer to these markets and their time zones than the folks in Canada and could be more effective,’ says Liam.

‘This created more jobs in Galway and opportunities for staff to relocate to other Nortel sites.

‘I wasn’t interested in further travel but I was very interested in helping people to develop their careers and get overseas experience if they wanted.

This was very much the culture of Nortel at the time and the company funded an MBA for Liam which encouraged him to develop stronger links with the community.

From the early 1990’s the company was a major sponsor of Galway Arts Festival and many other community initiatives. Liam would have been the driving force behind the establishment of these strong cultural ties.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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