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Talented locals ready to set out their stalls at Craft, Food and Gift Fair

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Ronan Brennan and Aidan Murphy of Galway Hooker Beer who will be launching a new product at the fair.

Taking part in an organised craft fair makes perfect sense for small businesses, especially if they are local start-ups, like some of those who will be showing off their wares this weekend in Galway City.

The third annual Galway Craft, Food and Gift Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday in the Black Box on the Headford Road, where over 40 exhibitors will set out their stalls.

Organised by the Galway Enterprise Board, up to 6,000 people attended the two day event last year such is the interest in craft or cottage industries, especially if they involve organic materials or home grown or home produced food!

One of this year’s first timers at the Fair will be Sineád O’Brien, a law graduate student who has shelved her law aspirations for now to concentrate on a seaweed business.

Mungo Murphys Seaweed Co is based in the Conamara Gaeltacht, in Ros a Mhil, which has a history of fish and seaweed products.

Sineád’s products involve bath and beauty but she also supplies fresh seaweed to restaurants — the nori is quite popular with the growing popularity of sushi in local eateries.

She also hopes to further develop the beauty end of it and is currently working with the Limerick Institute of Technology on that aspect.

“I was in Amsterdam working on a Masters and saw a lot of my college colleagues setting up their own businesses, but it was when I met someone who imported seaweed from Galway that I got thinking maybe I should go into that myself.

“Though my mother is involved in the seaweed business, I hadn’t appreciated how it is valued until I went abroad,” she admits.

Her company was set up a year ago so this weekend she hopes to introduce her products to a whole new set of customers. Her products are currently sold online. . . and yes Mungo is a fictitious character!!

Another first-timer is Tony O’Reilly of Beleaf, also set up just a year ago quite by accident.

He was involved in a company which makes stairs but when the construction business quietened down, he agreed to help make a few wooden products for a friend who opened up a pop-up shop last Christmas. The chopping boards, jewellery holders and tea light holders were all sold out and he decided there was more demand on hand-crafted products than stairs.

For more, read this week’s Galway City 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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GMIT hotel industry’s big cheese

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Cáit Noone

The Galway International Hotel School in GMIT has been listed in the Top 10 Hospitality Management Institutes worldwide by global publication Education.com, for the second year in a row.

During the pandemic, the school continued to deliver courses safely on campus and online including a brand-new series of online masterclasses by industry representatives such as Conor Spacey, Culinary Director of Food Space, alumna Catherine Toolan, Managing Director of Guinness Storehouse, Diarmuid Kelly of Kelly’s Oysters, Siobhan Ni Ghairbith, St Tola Cheese, Bernie Doherty, Galway County Council Community Archaeologist, Padraig McGillicuddy, MD and owner of Ballygarry House, Tom Doherty, Access Hospitality and many more.

Cáit Noone, Head of the school, said: “The tourism industry is a global employer and a qualification from the Galway International Hotel School provides graduates with multiple opportunities to work across the vast industry.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Glenamaddy site goes green

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Green initiative…Peter Flanagan, Site Manager and John McDermott, Procurement Manager at Kingspan.

Kingspan Water & Energy in Glenamaddy is the first manufacturing plant within Kingspan’s global network of 166 manufacturing sites to have its manufacturing process completely powered by renewable energy, following the installation of BioLPG.

Following the July installation of BioLPG, the Glenamaddy site is now 100% powered by renewable energy, closely followed by Kingspan’s manufacturing plant in Aston Clinton, England, which has also reached this milestone.

The move to renewable energy has been a gradual transition over the past five years, following the introduction of renewable electricity to Kingspan Glenamaddy in 2016.

This accomplishment is aligned to the Group’s ground-breaking Planet Passionate sustainability objectives and helps Kingspan to move closer to its ambitious goal of achieving net zero carbon manufacturing* across the business by 2030.

Kingspan Glenamaddy manufactures storage solutions for numerous sectors including agri, water, domestic as well as specialist custom tanks as part of Kingspan’s Water & Energy Division.

“Over the past five years, the introduction of renewable electricity to our Glenamaddy site has delivered a significant reduction in our carbon emissions,” said Peter Flanagan, Site Manager at Kingspan Water & Energy in Glenamaddy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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