Grafter, the Irish flexible workspace provider, opens fourth premium Dublin location in historic landmark building at 6-7 St Stephen’s Green

  • Smyth House extends to nearly 27,000 sq. ft over six storeys and offers retail and coffee shop, fully modernised private offices, customised workspaces and larger floor space for growing teams

 

  • Grafter’s retail offering will have a barista café which will be open to the public as well as Grafter members

 

  • Grafter inviting independent lifestyle brands interested in showcasing their products in the impressively located retail space to get in touch

 

Grafter, the Irish flexible workspace provider that offers members a dedicated place for work, rest and everything in between, has unveiled Smyth House, a 27,000 sq. ft. premium location in a historic landmark building at 6-7 St. Stephen’s GreenDublin 2.

 

Established in 2021, Grafter already operates a collection of beautifully restored buildings in the heart of Dublin city (Leeson House, Ely House and Tom’s House) and London (Bedford House). The overall aim of the Grafter proposition is to put ‘life’ back into ‘work’ by providing stylish, luxury, productive and creative workspaces that allow work and life to co-exist in harmony.

 

Originally the former residence of the Earls of Meath, Smyth House is a significant cultural and historic landmark in Dublin’s city centre. In the late nineteenth century, architect Thomas Drew designed the current Florentine Gothic style building as a home and business for Robert Smyth and Son’s, the famed Dublin wine merchants and grocers. In more recent years, Smyth House has been a well-known retail location, home to both Habitat and Topshop. Now, this prestigious building is offering businesses an opportunity to be part of the next chapter in its truly unique history.

 

Smyth House introduces Grafter’s first combined retail and café offering, open to the public as well as members. A design-led communal lounge will enable members and passers-by to meet and connect over a cup of barista coffee. Grafter’s café will be managed by recently appointed Head of Hospitality Robert Scanlon.

 

With 30+ years’ experience in hospitality as a manager, creative director, consultant and restaurant owner, Scanlon has worked with some of Ireland’s best-known and well-loved restaurants and venues such as Residence Private Members Club on St. Stephen’s Green (now The Grayson), Pichet Restaurant and Airfield Estate. In 2015, Robert opened Osteria Lucio Restaurant in partnership with Michelin-Star chef Ross Lewis of Chapter One.

 

With Grafter’s commitment to community, the firm is also inviting lifestyle brands to showcase and sell their products in the retail space. With a focus on premium Irish-made furnishings, high-quality décor and homeware pieces as well as exquisite gifts, brands looking for a home for their products should send an email to the Grafter team shop@grafterhouse.com to learn more about joining this impressive retail location.

 

For Grafter members, Smyth House will also offer fully-modernised, beautifully designed office accommodation behind a renowned period facade. With a total of nearly 27,000 sq. ft, Smyth House has been sympathetically renovated to offer a seamless combination of contemporary design and mature architecture that will offer a range of well-proportioned workspaces including private offices for personal use, customised workspaces for start-ups or larger floor space for a growing team.

 

With connection at the very heart of modern working, Grafter has dedicated 13,000 sq ft of the Smyth House floorplan to communal space including:

 

  • 13,000 sq ft of communal breakout and design-led lounge space
  • State-of-the-art meeting rooms
  • Phone booths
  • Private, bookable phone pods
  • Fully-stocked kitchenettes on each floor, with complimentary coffee, tea, wine and beer
  • Bookable hot-desks and shared workspace

 

The individually designed offices and meeting rooms feature state of the art technology such as high-speed fibre connectivity and video conferencing services, as well as Bluetooth controlled sit / stand desks and ergonomic chairs. To ensure Smyth House offers a seamless, plug-in experience, the technology includes:

 

  • Cat 6 cabling throughout
  • Acoustic paneling and sound dampening for privacy
  • Dedicated and controlled A/C in each private office
  • Dedicated comms rooms on each floor
  • Fully managed wired and wireless Wi-Fi networks
  • Fast, consistent and reliable web browsing on every member device, including video conferencing and VoIP calls
  • Two enterprise grade, DIA circuits, including automatic transfer to redundancy line to ensure no lack in connectivity

 

The building also offers secure bike storage for up to 40 bikes and shower facilitates with towel services and toiletries, facilitating a healthier, more environmentally-friendly commute to work, plus plenty of live greenery to encourage fresh thinking. Members have 24/7/365 access and are supported by a dedicated onsite reception and concierge team.

 

Emma Kennedy, CEO of Grafter, says:

“We are very excited to add Smyth House to our growing portfolio of properties in Dublin and London. It is such a historic building and we’re extremely proud to have been in a position to refurbish it to such an exceptional standard and breathe new life into this prime location. We are excited to bring this one-of-a-kind retail element to the market. This unique retail space will be a collective to be enjoyed by passersby and members alike – whether they’re looking to enjoy a cup of barista coffee with friends or colleagues, or are searching for that ideal piece to treat themselves or a friend after a business win.

 

It’s a joy to be creating a portfolio of outstanding, design-led workspaces in vibrant locations that provide everything our members need for a productive, fulfilling and enjoyable day. We have chosen our buildings for their second-to-none locations and mature, period architecture, while inside, you’ll now find a totally transformed and refurbished space, with every amenity for the modern workday. We are also actively looking for new houses in Dublin, around Ireland and across London and I’m really looking forward to seeing Grafter grow over the next few months and years.”

 

A two-minute walk from Grafton Street, Smyth House boasts one of the best locations in Ireland – with multiple choices for dining, entertainment and shopping on the doorstep. Members can commute in easily by Dublin Bus, LUAS, DART or bike, while Dublin Airport is just 30 minutes away by car or public transport, allowing easy access for business travellers.

 

Find out more about Grafter here: www.grafterhouse.com

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Cadbury, Coca-Cola and An Post on board as Premier FM Sponsors of Christmas FM 2022

All listener donations made to Christmas FM will go directly to children’s charities Barnardos, Barretstown, Make-A-Wish Ireland and The Community Foundation for Ireland through ‘The Magic of Christmas’ fundraising initiative

 

Christmas FM, the well-loved Christmas radio station that kicks off the festive season around Ireland, is delighted to announce that Cadbury, Coca Cola and An Post are on board again this year as Premier FM Sponsors for the radio station.

 

Christmas FM will switch on Christmas in Ireland when it returns to the FM airwaves on the 28th November 2022. The much-loved station, which marks the start of the official Christmas season for many, will play Christmas hits around the clock.

 

This year, Christmas FM has launched ‘The Magic of Christmas’ fundraising initiative which brings together Barnardos, Barretstown, Make-A-Wish Ireland and The Community Foundation for Ireland as their official charity partners for the next three years. Christmas FM is aiming to raise over €1,000,000 over the next three years to help the charities support vulnerable children in our communities affected by traumatic life events such as poverty, abuse, neglect and bereavement, as well as supporting children whose lives are affected by serious childhood illness.

 

Christmas FM, which is celebrating its 15th year on air this year, has raised over three million euro for a range of charities since it began broadcasting.

 

Garvan Rigby, Co-Founder of Christmas FM said:

“We are so excited that with the help of our incredible sponsors Christmas FM is back on air for our 15th year. Cadbury, Coca-Cola and An Post have returned as premier FM sponsors again this year and we’re delighted to have them on board. Celebrating our 15th year on the airwaves is a significant milestone for us which we wouldn’t have been able to achieve without the BAI and our amazing listeners and volunteers who have supported us and our chosen charities throughout the years. We’re really looking forward to switching Christmas on in Ireland while also fundraising for our charity partners through The Magic of Christmas’ initiative. We would also like to thank Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley who have kindly donated the studio space this year.”

Maighréad Lynch, Brand Manager at Cadbury Ireland, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with the amazing Christmas FM team once again, it’s something that we look forward to every year. It’s fantastic that Barnardos, our charity partner, will be part of the Magic of Christmas fundraising initiative with the station this year as well as many other brilliant children’s charities who do such vital work across the country. Christmas is the time for generosity and showing you care and we are really excited to work with Christmas FM to help bring some festive magic and cheer this year while supporting many worthy causes.’’

 

Aisling Wilde, Frontline Activation Country Lead at The Coca-Cola Company, said:

“Coca-Cola and Christmas have a longstanding connection and our sponsorship of Christmas FM for the 4th year allows us to bring the Coca-Cola Christmas spirit to the Irish airwaves again. Christmas always finds its way and after two years of restrictions, we can’t wait to start spreading the Christmas spirit across the island of Ireland. Our iconic Christmas truck and Designated Driver initiative will both return alongside other exciting experiences, bringing a sprinkling of magic to everyone this festive season.”

 

Richard Miley, Marketing Communications Lead of An Post Mails & Parcels, said:

“For us, at An Post, Christmas is about sending from the heart and spreading the magic of Christmas. That is why we are delighted to be once again working with Christmas FM, the station that is the sound of the season. The real magic is that we get to spread the Christmas message and also support the work of these wonderful charities.”

 

Christmas FM will also be broadcasting from The Clayton Hotel Liffey Valley who have kindly donated their studio space this year. Tune in from the 28th November to hear a host of familiar voices who will be donating their time to bring you round the clock Christmas hits and festive news. The station will be broadcasting live on FM, on smart speakers, the Christmas FM app and online at www.christmasfm.com.

 

 

Find out all the ways to listen at https://christmasfm.com/listenin/

 

Christmas FM is now available online at:

www.christmasfm.com

 

You can follow the station on social at:

@christmasfm

Christmas FM – Bringing You the Magic of Christmas

Enet signs €6m+ deal with Total Splicing Solutions (TSS) to facilitate fibre network expansion in multiple locations nationwide

Enet, Ireland’s largest open access telecoms network provider, has today announced a significant new €6m deal with Total Splicing Solutions (TSS), an experienced provider of professional fibre optic services and resources to major telecommunication and network implementation companies.

The three year contract will involve TSS working with Enet to roll out their recently announced €50m+ expansion in fibre networks in multiple locations around Ireland. The expansion will see Enet’s fibre network connect major commercial, retail and industrial zones to increase the availability of high-capacity data transport for data centre connectivity, mobile data traffic and mission critical business traffic. The move will allow network operators and more business premises across the country to directly connect to Enet’s comprehensive telecommunications network. The work conducted by TSS on behalf of Enet will involve subduct, cabling and splicing to enable service delivery and for infrastructure build contracts.

 

Peter McCarthy, Group CEO of Speed Fibre Group, the home of Enet, says: “We’ve had a long and very successful relationship with TSS and we’re delighted to announce this significant new agreement. The work we will engage in together will help supporting thousands of businesses and consumers across the country with the network capacity they need to grow and prosper. By further enabling our world-class telecommunications networks, this work will also really cement Ireland’s position as an ideal location for businesses to operate in.”

 

Ian Coughlan, Managing Director of Total Splicing Solutions (TSS), says: Our company is extremely pleased to consolidate its relationship with Enet, thereby continuing to develop a relationship which is now over 18 years in existence. Our expertise affords the client access to one of the most sophisticated teams of network technology professionals who are at the cutting edge in terms of technical knowledge and real-world implementation experience.”

 

Enet, which is part of the Speed Fibre Group, operates the largest alternative wholesale telecoms network in Ireland, which comprises of over 5,600 Km of fibre infrastructure, including the Irish State’s Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), proprietary metro networks, a unique dark fibre backhaul infrastructure, as well as one of the largest licensed wireless networks in the country.

Taken together, Enet’s infrastructure creates a fully integrated nationwide telecommunications network that is truly open access in nature, enabling retail service providers and network operators to deliver world class data connectivity services to their customers throughout Ireland and enabling them to connect internationally.

Enet also offers carriers a wide and innovative range of world-class fibre and wireless wholesale products and services, ranging from Managed Connectivity, Infrastructure Access, Direct Internet Access and white label broadband.

Total Splicing Solutions (TSS), founded in 1999, offers turnkey support in the deployment of high-performance voice, data and Internet protocol (IP) networks throughout Ireland and Europe. The company works closely with many of the leading telecommunications network providers in Ireland to deliver new innovations in installation techniques and processes. TSS also partners with cable manufacturers as well as fibre optic equipment providers to develop new products and trial new fibre optic testing equipment.

 

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www.totalsplicingsolutions.ie

Calling all festive music makers across Ireland!

Are you a singer, songwriter or musician who has a festive song that could spread oodles of Christmas cheer

and goodwill across the nation this year?

 

  • Christmas FM is on the hunt for the next big Christmas tune to become the winner of ‘The Ryanair Gift Card Christmas FM Song Contest 2022’
  • Christmas FM is aiming to raise €1m+ over next three years for Barnardos, Barretstown, Make-a-Wish Ireland and The Community Foundation for Ireland under new fundraising initiative called ‘The Magic of Christmas’

 

Are you a talented songwriter, singer or music fan who has written a festive melody or recorded a cover version of a favourite Christmas song that could be the next big festive hit? If so, Christmas FM wants to hear from you!

 

The hugely popular radio station, which is the official soundtrack to the Christmas season across Ireland every year, has unveiled ‘The Ryanair Gift Card Christmas FM Song Contest’ for 2022 in a bid to find the next Christmas tune that will sprinkle festive joy right around the county. The winning song will have the honour of being broadcast across the airwaves to Christmas FM’s Irish and international fans along with the likes of Christmas legends like Wham, Mariah Carey and Michael Bublé.

 

Supporting homegrown talent, those interested from across the island of Ireland are asked to submit their application ahead of the closing date on the 2nd December at 1:00pm. All you have to do is write and record your very own festive tune or a cover version and fill out the entry form www.christmasfm.com/songcontest

 

Last year, Phil Redmond from Dublin was crowned the winner with his song ‘Home for Christmas’. The idea for the song came to Phil while he was thinking about those who would be coming home for Christmas to visit family and friends for the first time in years due to Covid-19.

 

Phil Redmond, winner of the 2021 Christmas FM Song Contest says:

“Winning the Christmas FM song contest was a huge achievement for me. I wrote ‘Home for Christmas’ especially for the competition and I was so happy to know people were listening to my song on the radio. I genuinely can’t explain how happy I was when I was announced as the winner, myself and my family were jumping around the kitchen cheering!”

“I look forward to hearing my song played again this Christmas. If anyone is thinking about entering the competition they should. It’s an amazing opportunity for singer songwriters to get great exposure. It now makes Christmas even more special for me.”

 

Walter Hegarty, co-founder of Christmas FM, says:

From Mariah to Slade, from John Lennon to Frank Sinatra, Christmas FM is the station that plays all the festive classics that make coming together during this special time all the more enjoyable. We are delighted to have our Christmas FM Song Contest returning this year with Ryanair on board. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to showcase the very best vocal and musical Irish talent and add a fresh tune to the list of festive favourites on Christmas FM.”

 

Broadcasting almost nationwide, Christmas FM plays round-the-clock Christmas tunes, spreading an abundance of festive cheer and seasonal goodwill every single day in the run up to Christmas. The station will begin broadcasting on FM this year on the 28th November (subject to license).

 

The radio station is run each year by a core management team, assisted by many volunteers who donate their time. Meanwhile, the costs of running Christmas FM are covered by various sponsors, ensuring listener donations go directly to the fundraising initiative. This year the station’s FM sponsors are Coca Cola, An Post and Cadbury.

 

Christmas FM will also be broadcasting from The Clayton Hotel in Liffey Valley who have kindly donated their studio space this year.

 

Since it began broadcasting 15 years ago, the radio station has raised over €3 million for a range of charities. This year, Christmas FM has launched a new fundraising initiative called ‘The Magic of Christmas,’ which brings together Barnardos, Barretstown, Make-a-Wish Ireland and The Community Foundation for Ireland as the official charity partners for the next three years. During this time Christmas FM is aiming to raise over €1,000,000 to help the charities support vulnerable children in our communities affected by traumatic life events such as poverty, abuse, neglect and bereavement, as well as supporting children whose lives are affected by serious childhood illness.

 

Christmas FM is now available online at:

www.christmasfm.com

 

You can follow the station on social at:

@christmasfm

Christmas FM – Bringing You the Magic of Christmas

 

 

Keyhouse, Irish-owned provider of cloud technology services to legal firms, acquired by global firm Dye & Durham

 

  • Dye & Durham’s fourth Irish acquisition in 18 months is fuelled by the vision to create an integrated technology platform for legal firms and inhouse legal departments – led by the Keyhouse practice management system

 

  • Dye & Durham was the headline sponsor of the Irish Law Awards 2022

 

  • Law firm transformation competition worth up to €40,000 unveiled by Keyhouse to help firms improve internal processes and enhance efficiencies

 

Keyhouse, a leading provider of innovative software systems, training, and services for legal and business professionals in Ireland, has been acquired by global firm Dye & Durham, one of the world’s most prominent providers of legal, property and business technologies.

 

Keyhouse, established in 1991, provides innovative cloud and tech solutions to law firms, helping them deliver services more efficiently and ultimately driving greater profitability and productivity. The company, which is led by Brian Sweeney and Stephen Keogh, works with the majority of the top 500 law firms in Ireland.

 

The acquisition by Dye & Durham will allow Keyhouse to invest further in its technology and services so it can continue to help law firms achieve optimal results. This move will also provide clients with access to the most cutting-edge and secure cloud technologies available, while also offering Keyhouse the opportunity to expand further into international markets.

 

Keyhouse is the fourth Irish acquisition made by Dye & Durham over the last 18 months, joining other legal services companies including Brady and Co., Rochford Brady Group and Hibernian Legal. Keyhouse will now engage in greater integration with all third-party systems from within the wider Dye & Durham operation such as Search Facilities, Anti Money Laundering, Quote Conversion and On-Boarding applications as well as Compliance Modules.

 

The ultimate aim of Dye & Durham is to create a fully integrated technology platform for law firms in Ireland, led by the Keyhouse practice management system, which will provide all the necessary technology tools required by lawyers and their support teams to reduce the complexity involved in managing the vast volumes of information they deal with on a daily basis.

 

Building on Keyhouse’s deep understanding of the Irish legal services market and their close client relationships, Dye & Durham are also planning to establish a Client Innovation Council composed of legal industry thought leaders that will gather and develop insights on the use of digital technology in the legal profession. The objective of the initiative will be to provide all Irish legal professionals with the insights, techniques, and skills to help shape the future of the company’s solutions.

 

Day-to-day operations at Keyhouse will continue as normal with Brian Sweeney and Stephen Keogh remaining with the business, alongside the existing team who remain fully committed to meeting the needs of clients and delivering exceptional customer service.

 

In addition to Ireland, Dye & Durham also has offices in Canada, Australia, and The United Kingdom. The business, which has engaged in 30+ acquisitions since its inception, works to ensure efficient, frictionless, and secure functioning of some of the world’s largest property and legal markets, deliver vital data insights to support corporate transactions and provide essential payments infrastructure to financial institutions and their customers.

 

 

Martha Vallance, Chief Operating Officer of Dye & Durham, says:

“The addition of Keyhouse to the Dye & Durham family will deepen our industry expertise, allowing us to both reach new customers and better serve our existing client base. As we continue to execute on our international growth strategy, it is an exciting time for our company as we expand our capabilities and strengthen our global footprint.

By joining our other Irish companies, Brady & Co., Rochford Brady Group and Hibernian Legal, Keyhouse is now a critical part of the backbone of the company’s operations in Ireland. We have invested in Irish legal technology and services companies because they share the same values. They’re committed to first-class service, unparalleled domain expertise and airtight reliability. As a result, we’re delighted to welcome Keyhouse to the operation. We look forward to consolidating the impressive legacies of these esteemed Irish brands which offer a combined experience of more than 100 years serving the Irish legal profession.”

 

Brian Sweeney, Managing Director of Keyhouse, says Dye & Durham is an excellent fit for Keyhouse as it will mean significant benefits for clients:

“Dye & Durham began this venture because they believe in everything Keyhouse stands for and naturally, we’re delighted to have our technology, service and personnel recognised by such a prestigious international brand. This new chapter will allow us to invest further in our technology and services so that we can continue to help law firms get better results for themselves and their clients. Our focus is on helping law firms to do better, and by joining the Dye & Durham family, we can now increase our offering to clients, allowing them to continue to thrive.”

 

Dye & Durham was the headline sponsor at this year’s Irish Law Awards. Now in their 10th year, the Dye & Durham Irish Law Awards 2022 aim to identify, honour, and publicise outstanding achievements, while also recognising those who have dedicated their lives to serving in the legal profession in Ireland. The event took place on Friday 28th October in the Aviva Stadium.

 

At the event, Keyhouse announced a new Law Firm Transformation competition. Entrants will have the opportunity to win up to €40,000 worth of products and services from Keyhouse to streamline and automate their business to make it as efficient and profitable as possible. The initiative is the first of its kind globally and will give law firms the chance to access exclusive best-in-class tools that will improve internal processes and enhance efficiencies, while also providing the flexibility needed to expand a business. Law firms interested in entering will find more details at www.keyhouse.ie/law-firm-transformation.

 

For more information visit www.keyhouse.ie or www.dyedurham.com or

LinkedIn: Keyhouse, Dye & Durham Ireland

Polio Survivors Ireland issues stark warning that the health, and potentially the lives, of those living with polio could be at risk this winter as a result of rising energy costs

  • Polio survivors experience extreme intolerance to the cold which can result in hypothermia

 

  • Polio Survivors Ireland says extending eligibility criteria for the charity’s Heating Support Payment to help more members keep warm this winter will cost the charity as much as an extra €25,000

 

  • Heating Support Payment is funded through donations and fundraising costs

 

 

Polio Survivors Ireland is warning that the health, and potentially the lives, of its 1,000+ members could be at risk this winter as a result of rising energy costs. As polio survivors’ have an extreme intolerance to cold, putting them at risk of hypothermia, the organisation says it has no choice but to extend it’s ‘Heating Support Payment’ to more members in a bid to ensure they can continue to heat their home throughout the winter without having to make sacrifices, adding to the indignity of their situation.

 

With World Polio Day taking place on 24th of October each year, the organisation says it’s an opportune time to remind people that polio survivors’ extreme intolerance to the cold means that they have to take extra measures to remain warm at all times. Even in summer, polio survivors have to light fires and wear extra layers of clothing. Heating is therefore essential for survivors as without it many would have to resort to staying in bed all day to stay warm, or cut back on food to pay their energy bills. Polio survivors also cannot use hot water bottles as they may experience numbness as a result of polio and post-polio syndrome. This can result in survivors suffering severe skin burns.

 

The €125 euro support payment funded by Polio Survivors Ireland is necessary for low-income polio survivors each year to ensure they can pay their heating costs. As a result of the substantial increase in energy costs, Polio Survivors Ireland says they will now be broadening their eligibility criteria so they can extend this payment to more survivors than ever before.

 

The charity currently pays up to €30,000 each year to provide the Heating Support Payment to low-income survivors. The Heating Support Payment is funded entirely through donations and fundraising. Extending the payment to more members this year will cost the charity as much as an extra €25,000, which will come entirely from donations and fundraising.

 

Speaking about the winter Heating Support Payment, polio survivor Evelyn from Cork said:

 

“It keeps me out of bed, otherwise I would have to stay in bed to keep warm. The cold gives me pain in my joints and the heating in the house is very essential. With the amount of money we’re having to pay out, I don’t know where we’ll be, but the payment helps me.”

 

Fran Brennan, CEO of Polio Survivors Ireland, said:

 

“We all know that energy costs are rising at an alarming rate. Many of us are worried about how we are going to meet these extra costs, but for some people higher energy costs threaten their health and even their lives.

Our winter heating grant of €125 is provided to polio survivors on the lowest incomes. This costs up to €30,000 p.a. and helps approx. 230 of our members. This year, with huge increases in energy costs, many more polio survivors will face a challenge to stay warm and safe. We have to respond. We estimate this will cost an additional €25,000 and all of this money will have to come from donations and other fundraising.”

 

Polio Survivors Ireland was established nearly 30 years ago and is the only organisation in Ireland providing practical services and support to those unfortunate enough to have contracted polio as babies or young children. They provide a range of services including mobility aids and appliances, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and respite, and raise awareness of the issues faced by polio survivors. They also work to educate medical professionals, social care providers and health policy makers about the reality for all those still impacted by polio.

Polio Survivors Ireland has a network of support groups around the country and they also provide a telephone support service for those who can’t leave their home. As well as providing stair lifts, callipers, bespoke footwear, electric scooters and wheelchairs, the organisation also helps survivors to access a range of supports. For those who are isolated, a listening ear is often the most important lifeline the organisation provides.

 

World Polio Day takes place on the 24th of October every year. It was established over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. While there is no cure for polio, it is preventable through vaccination. Polio is now only endemic in two countries, as a result of the vaccine, with Africa being the most recent continent declared polio free.

 

However, over the past several months, poliovirus has been repeatedly found in London sewer water. This was a vaccine-derived strain most likely acquired from travel abroad, by an individual. There has also been one case of polio in the US in a community with low vaccine uptake.

 

These worrying instances emphasises the importance of celebrating the availability of the polio vaccine, reminding us that keeping up to date with immunisation schedules is the only way to prevent and to eventually fully eradicate polio.

 

To donate to Polio Survivors Ireland, visit www.polio.ie

Keep up to date with Polio Survivors Ireland on Facebook @PolioSurvivorsIreland and on Twitter @PolioIreland

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Winner of Champion Changemakers National Pitch-Fest announced, securing a Prize Bursary valued at €10,000

‘Shamrock Squad Adventures’ from RDI Hub and Dingle Hub in Kerry announced as overall winner of Champion Changemakers National Pitch-Fest 2022. The social enterprise is a community of special needs families which focuses on working with support agencies, service providers and other special needs families to make the outdoors accessible for all needs

 

  • Shortlisted individuals and groups presented their social enterprise idea to a panel of expert judges at the National Pitch-Fest to win a Prize Bursary of supports and services valued at €10,000

 

  • Judges included representatives from Enterprise Ireland, Woods & Partners, Rethink Ireland and Social Impact Ireland

 

  • Funding for the ‘Champion Changemakers’ initiative secured from the Department of Rural and Community Development under the ARISE (Awareness Raising Initiatives for Social Enterprise) Scheme 2021

 

‘Shamrock Squad Adventures’ from RDI Hub and Dingle Hub is the overall winner of the Champion Changemakers National Pitch-Fest 2022. The groups social enterprise is a community of special needs families which focuses on working with support agencies, service providers and other special needs families to make the outdoors accessible for all needs.

 

Shortlisted groups and individuals took part in the National Pitch-Fest hosted at Innovate Communities, Ballymun where they pitched their social enterprise idea to a panel of expert judges from Enterprise Ireland, Woods & Partners, Rethink Ireland and Social Impact Ireland. Each idea was categorised under one of three themes – Environmental and Climate Action, Economic Inequality or Human Wellbeing. The shortlist was selected from a series of regional events that took place in community enterprise centres and enterprise hubs around Ireland in September, where participants took part in workshops and worked with local mentors to develop their idea into a social enterprise.

 

‘United Women’ from Action Tuam is a group of Refugee and Migrant women living in direct provision in Galway who were ‘Highly Commended’ by the judges at the National Pitch-Fest also. The women have come together to support each other and their community. Their ambition is to form a social enterprise using food to integrate communities, promote cultural identity, teach life skills, educate others on their traditions and create employment. Other ideas presented to the judges featured a new eco concrete solution, a digital support platform for new parents from minority groups, social integration through music and an online marketplace connecting lift-seekers with vehicle owners.

 

The overall winner, Shamrock Squad Adventures, will benefit from a Prize Bursary to the value of €10,000 which will set them on their journey towards the establishment of their sustainable and successful social enterprise and consists of key supports and services including:

 

  • Five dedicated mentoring sessions facilitated by the Local Enterprise Network
  • Idea verification processes, strategy scoping and impact framework development from Social Impact Ireland
  • Access to ReThink Ireland’s ‘Start your own Social Enterprise Programme’ which will provide essential tools and guidance required to take their idea to the next level, culminating in the opportunity to pitch for investment or additional non-financial supports to the investment value of €10,000
  • Legal advice from Arthur Cox on setting up a company limited by guarantee (CLG)
  • For the registered company, pro-bono support about the preparation of audit exempt financial statements for the purposes of CRO Filings and compliance with the Companies Act 2014 from Woods & Partners
  • Provision of dedicated hot-desking space for a 6-month period in the location of choice from participating member locations from the CEAI
  • Hardware and Software kit from Acer in conjunction with Softcat plc

 

Siobhán Finn, National Hub Network Manager at CEAI said:

“The energy, enthusiasm and creativity we saw from the finalists at the National Pitch-Fest was amazing. It was clear every participant is passionate about tackling social and environmental issues and creating positive change in their communities. We are so grateful to our excellent judges that were involved in the National Pitch-Fest, all the enterprise centres and hubs who participated in hosting the regional events and our brilliant partners who provided the range of supports and services included in the Prize Bursary. It was a privilege to witness such a high standard of social enterprise ideas and pitches, particularly during a time where these solutions are critical in society and to the economy.

 

A massive congratulations from myself and all the team at CEAI to the winning idea from Shamrock Squad Adventures. Their pitch was incredible and they deserve all the success going forward. I cannot wait to follow their social enterprise journey and watch it become a reality.”

 

The overall winner of Champion Changemakers 2022, Shamrock Squad Adventures said:

 

We are delighted that Shamrock Squad Adventures is the 2022 Champion Changemaker, awarded by the Community Enterprise Association Ireland. We have been working with amazing mentors from RDI Hub and Dingle Hub since the hackathon in September. Shamrock Squad Adventures is dedicated to making the outdoors accessible and enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their abilities, and with the support bursary from the Community Enterprise Association Ireland, we hope to accelerate the platform development.”

 

Pauline Gannon, Co-founder & Director of Impact, Social Impact Ireland on behalf of the judging panel said:

 

Champion Changemakers has provided a platform that supports community changemakers to develop solutions to the challenges they experience within their own communities, giving national recognition and supports, to local innovation. The exemplary projects showcased today, offer real solutions to overcome real challenges within communities across Ireland. It has been a privilege to be part of the process and we offer congratulations to all the projects. The high standard made the judging very difficult but also offers great hope for the future of Champion Changemakers as it grows from strength to strength.”

 

The CEAI would like to thank all their partners for supporting Champion Changemakers and to the organisations contributing their time and services for the Prize Bursary including the Local Enterprise Network, Social Impact Ireland, Rethink Ireland, Arthur Cox, Woods & Partners, Acer and SoftCat plc.

 

Notes to Editor:

This project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund. The funding allocated is part of the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2021 and is administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development in conjunction with Pobal.

 

About the Community Enterprise Association Ireland

Established over 20 years ago, the Community Enterprise Association Ireland, previously known as the National Association for Community Enterprise Centres (NACEC), is the country’s leading network of enterprise hubs, co-working locations, and flexible working spaces. Government-funded and supported by Enterprise Ireland, the organisation works to drive real innovation and entrepreneurship across local communities and regions.

The Community Enterprise Association Ireland achieves this by continually working to raise the overall quality, environmental and innovative performance of the sector, ensuring the national hub network continues to support the realisation of a sustainable and balanced regional development model for Ireland. As an established and respected voice of the sector, the organisation also confidently represents local enterprise centres/hubs at government level so that all new strategies, policies, and funding programmes take the needs and ambition of each community into account.

 

For more information visit communityenterprise.ie or follow CEAI on Twitter @CEAIreland and LinkedIn Community Enterprise Association Ireland

 

Shortlist unveiled for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2022

Authors on the shortlist include Catherine Ryan Howard, Graham Norton, Sue Divin, Zak Moradi, Edel Coffey, Sally Rooney, Charlie Bird, Roisín O’Donnell, Darach Ó Scolaí, Maggie O’Farrell, John Creedon, Gina and Karol Daly, Eoin Colfer, Dr. Hazel Wallace, Kellie Harrington, Judge Gillian Hussey, Amy Huberman, Bono and many, many more…

 

  • Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Dublin on 23rd November

 

  • TV programme announcing ‘The An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year’ winner will broadcast on RTÉ ONE on 7th December

The shortlist for the An Post Irish Book Awards 2022 features a diverse mix of exceptional writing from new and established writers across 18 categories, including Novel of the Year, Children, Cookbook, Crime Fiction, Popular Fiction, Non-fiction, Sports, Lifestyle, Short Story, Irish language, Poem, Newcomer, Teen and Young Adult, Irish Published and Biography.

The An Post Irish Book Awards celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a vast community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise the very best of Irish writing talent and 2022 is no different.

To tie in with the announcement of the An Post Irish Book Awards shortlist, the public are now being asked to cast their votes online for the best books of the year on the An Post Irish Book Awards website www.anpostirishbookawards.ie. All voters will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five €100 National Book Token vouchers. Voters may cast their votes from 9am on October 21st until voting closes on November 10th.

As Covid-19 restrictions have been removed, the An Post Irish Book Awards team is also delighted to announce that a live in-person ceremony to celebrate the winners will take place on Wednesday 23rd November in the Convention Centre in Dublin. The award ceremony will be hosted by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan.

Meanwhile, a one-hour special, hosted by Oliver Callan, will be broadcast on RTÉ One television on Wednesday 7th December exploring the six books and authors competing for the accolade of ‘An Post Irish Book Awards Book of the Year 2022’, culminating in the reveal of this year’s overall winner.

An Post is also continuing with their hugely successful #ReadersWanted campaign, celebrating the value and joy of reading and encouraging everyone to pick up more books, more often. Simply search for the hashtag online to get involved.

Brendan Corbett, Chairperson of the An Post Irish Book Awards, says:

This year’s shortlist, once again, displays the talent of Irish writers and exemplifies the diversity of Ireland’s literary culture. Each category is steeped with exceptional writing and truly deserving writers and authors, as well as publishers and booksellers.

The An Post Irish Book Awards is one of the major highlights of the literary calendar and I am delighted to see the continually growing interest in the initiative. I am looking forward to announcing the winners and celebrating on the 23rd November at our first in-person ceremony since 2019.”

 

David McRedmond, CEO of An Post, says:

“For the first time in three years I look forward to a gathering in person in November to celebrate the best of Irish writing, publishing and bookselling at the An Post Irish Book Awards”

 

The An Post Irish Book Awards 2022 Shortlist is as follows:

 

Eason Novel of the Year

  • Trespasses – Louise Kennedy (Bloomsbury Circus)
  • The Colony – Audrey Magee (Faber & Faber)
  • Seven Steeples – Sara Baume (Tramp Press)
  • The Marriage Portrait – Maggie O’Farrell (Tinder Press)
  • The Queen of Dirt Island – Donal Ryan (Doubleday)
  • The Raptures – Jan Carson (Doubleday)

 

Irish Independent Crime Fiction Book of the Year

  • Remember my Name – Sam Blake (Corvus)
  • Run Time – Catherine Ryan Howard (Corvus)
  • Breaking Point – Edel Coffey (Sphere)
  • The Accomplice – Steve Cavanagh (Orion)
  • The Interview – Gill Perdue (Sandycove)
  • Hide and Seek – Andrea Mara (Transworld)

 

Eason Sports Book of the Year in Association with Ireland AM

  • The Game – Tadhg Coakley (Merrion Press)
  • A History of the GAA in 100 Objects – Siobhán Doyle (Merrion Press)
  • Point to Point – The Heart of Irish Horse Racing – Healy Racing, with words by Richard Pugh and photographs by Pat ‘Cash’ Healy (The O’Brien Press)
  • Life Begins in Leitrim – Zak Moradi, with Niall Kelly (Gill Books)
  • The Rodfather – Roddy Collins, with Paul Howard (Sandycove)
  • Kellie – Kellie Harrington, with Roddy Doyle (Sandycove)

 

Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year

  • None of This is Serious – Catherine Prasifka (Canongate Books)
  • There’s Been a Little Incident – Alice Ryan (Head of Zeus)
  • Speechless – Fiacre Ryan (Merrion Press)
  • Breaking Point – Edel Coffey (Sphere)
  • My Fourth Time, We Drowned – Sally Hayden (Fourth Estate)
  • The Amusements – Aingeala Flannery (Sandycove)

 

Odgers Berndtson Non-fiction Book of the Year

  • Listen to the Land Speak – Manchán Magan (Gill Books)
  • Lessons from the Bench – Judge Gillian Hussey, with Rachel Pierce (Gill Books)
  • My Fourth Time, We Drowned – Sally Hayden (Fourth Estate)
  • Gaffs – Rory Hearne (HarperCollins Ireland)
  • Fierce Appetites – Elizabeth Boyle (Sandycove)
  • Heiress, Rebel, Vigilante, Bomber – Sean O’Driscoll (Sandycove)

 

Dubray Biography of the Year

  • The Last Good Funeral of the Year – Ed O’Loughlin (Riverrun)
  • Without Warning and only Sometimes – Kit de Waal (Tinder Press)
  • Time and Tide – Charlie Bird, with Ray Burke (HarperCollins Ireland)
  • I Don’t Want to Talk About Home – Suad Aldarra (Doubleday)
  • Surrender – Bono (Hutchinson Heinemann)
  • All Down Darkness Wide – Seán Hewitt (Jonathan Cape)

 

Avoca Cookbook of the Year

  • Bake – Graham Herterich (Nine Bean Rows Books)
  • Lili’s Family Favourites – Lili Forberg (The O’Brien Press)
  • The Daly Dish: Bold Food Made Good – Gina Daly, Karol Daly (Gill Books)
  • The GIY Diaries: A Year of Growing and Cooking – Michael Kelly (Gill Books)
  • Sweet Therapy: The Joy of Baking – Una Leonard (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Lush – Daniel Lambert (HarperCollins Ireland)

 

National Book Tokens Popular Fiction Book of the Year

  • Forever Home – Graham Norton (Coronet)
  • What Eden Did Next – Sheila O’Flanagan (Headline Review)
  • Duffy and Son – Damien Owens (HarperCollins Ireland)
  • Again, Rachel – Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph)
  • Once Upon a Time in Donnybrook – Ross O’Carroll-Kelly (Sandycove)
  • Idol – Louise O’Neill (Transworld)

 

Bookstation Lifestyle Book of the Year

  • The Homemade Year – Lilly Higgins (Gill Books)
  • An Irish Atlantic Rainforest: A Personal Journey into the Magic of Rewilding – Eoghan Daltun (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • Still Points: A Guide to Living the Mindful, Meditative Way – Brother Richard (Hachette Books Ireland)
  • The Female Factor – Dr. Hazel Wallace (Yellow Kite)
  • What Every Woman Needs to Know About Her Gut – Barbara Ryan, Elaine McGowan (John Murray Press)
  • Climate Worrier – Colm O’Regan (HarperCollins Ireland)

 

TheJournal.ie Best Irish Published Book of the Year

  • The Book of the Skelligs – John Crowley and John Sheehan (Cork University Press)
  • Abandoned Ireland – Rebecca Brownlie (Merrion Press)
  • The Guardians – 100 Years of An Garda Síochána 1922-2022 – Garda Stephen Moore (The O’Brien Press)
  • The Irish Civil War in Colour – Michael B. Barry, John O’Byrne (Gill Books)
  • The Great Lighthouses of Ireland – David Hare (Gill Books)
  • An Irish Folklore Treasury – John Creedon (Gill Books)

 

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Junior)

  • Cloud Babies – Eoin Colfer, illustrated by Chris Judge (Walker Books)
  • Well Done, Mommy Penguin – Chris Haughton (Walker Books)
  • Fox and Son Tailers – Paddy Donnelly, (The O’Brien Press)
  • Our Big Day – Bob Johnston, illustrated by Michael Emberley (The O’Brien Press)
  • Meanwhile Back on Earth – Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins Children’s Books)
  • Sir Adam the Brave and the Moody Monsters – David King, illustrated by Rhiannon Archard (Sandycove)

 

Specsavers Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)

  • The Lost Girl King – Catherine Doyle (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • The Day I Got Trapped in my Brain – Amy Huberman, illustrated by Katie Kear (Scholastic)
  • Frankie’s World – Aoife Dooley, (Scholastic)
  • The Truth About Riley – Sinéad Moriarty (Gill Books)
  • The Great Irish History Book – Myles Dungan, illustrated by Alan Dunne (Gill Books)
  • Girls Who Slay Monsters – Ellen Ryan, illustrated by Shone Shirley MacDonald (HarperCollins Ireland)

 

Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year

  • Truth be Told – Sue Divin (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Rock, Paper, Killers – Alexia Mason (Simon and Schuster)
  • The Gifts That Bind Us – Caroline O’Donoghue (Walker Books)
  • The Asparagus Bunch – Jessica Scott-Whyte (Welbeck Flame)
  • Let’s Talk – Richie Sadlier (Gill Books)
  • Twin Crowns – Katherine Webber and Catherine Doyle (Farshore – Electric Monkey, Harper Collins)

 

Listowel Writers’ Week Poem of the Year

  • Unmaking His Chair – Jim McElroy (From: We Are the Weather, published by Smith/ Doorstop
  • Wedding Dress – Martina Dalton (From: New Irish Writing, Irish Independent)
  • What Man Doesn’t – Paul McMahon (From: The Poetry Society – VII, No. 4, Winter 2021)
  • Amelia’s Model – Michael Longley (From: The Slain Birds – Jonathan Cape)

 

Writing.ie Short Story of the Year

  • Sleep Watchers – Roisín O’Donnell (From: The Stinging Fly Press)
  • Red Market – Sheila Armstong (From: How to Gut a Fish – Bloomsbury)
  • This Small Giddy Life – Nuala O’Connor (From: A Little Unsteadily into Light – New Island)
  • The Chekhovians – Rebecca Miller (From: Total – Canongate Books)
  • Mathematics – Wendy Erskine (From: Dance Move – The Stinging Fly Press)
  • Miles of Bad Road – Neil Tully (From: The Waxed Lemon Literary Journal)

 

Love Leabhar Gaeilge Irish Language Book of the Year

  • EL – Thaddeus Ó Buachalla (Coiscéim)
  • An Dara Roghna – Celia de Fréine (LeabhairCOMHAR)
  • Bádh B’fhéidir – Seán Ó Muireagáin (Éabhlóid)
  • Súil an Dáill – Darach Ó Scolaí (Leabhar Breac)
  • Bláth na dTulach – Stories form 28 Authors (Éabhlóid)

 

Library Association of Ireland Author of the Year

  • Catherine Ryan Howard
  • Sally Rooney
  • Sarah Webb
  • Roisín Meaney
  • Louise O’Neill
  • John Boyne

 

An Post Bookshop of the Year

  • Bridge Books – Dromore, Down
  • Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop – Galway
  • Tertulia – Westport, Mayo
  • Bridge Street Books – Wicklow
  • Philip’s Bookshop – Mallow, Cork
  • Books at One Letterfrack – Connemara, Galway

 

For further information, please visit to the An Post Irish Book Awards website or social media channels:

www.anpostirishbookawards.ie

Facebook: @AnPostIBAS

Instagram: @anpost_irishbookawards

Twitter: @AnPostIBAS

 

89% of Munster SME’s are confident about business prospects over the next 12 months despite considerable challenges ahead – new research from Bibby Financial Services Ireland

  • 93% of Munster SMEs say they are planning to invest in their business over the next year

 

  • Top three concerns for Munster businesses over next year are energy prices (49%), economic issues due to geo-political events (38%) and inflation / rising costs of raw material (38%)

 

  • Top three opportunities involve attracting new customers (67%), building new supplier relationships (42%) and taking on new staff (33%)

 

  • 36% of Munster SME’s use a credit card to finance their business – a concerning figure considering this is a high-cost funding option

 

89% of Munster SME’s say they are confident about business prospects and opportunities over the next 12 months despite the considerable challenges ahead, according to research conducted by Bibby Financial services Ireland, a leading provider of financial support and funding solutions to Irish SMEs.

 

The research shows that 53% of SME’s in Munster expect their turnover to increase over the next year. 40% say their turnover will stay the same while only 7% expect a decline in sales. Of those who say they expect their turnover to increase, 54% say it will increase between 6% and 10%, while 25% say it will increase between 11% and 20%.

 

The results very much demonstrate a stoic resilience amongst the Munster SME community despite the fact that they are dealing with a lot of economic volatility thanks to a range of domestic and international hurdles that are largely outside of their control.

 

When it comes to investment plans, 93% of SMEs in Munster say they are planning to invest in their business over the coming 12 months, with just 7% saying they have no plans to invest. Some of the key areas for investment are:

 

  • Staff recruitment (40%)
  • Machinery and Equipment (33%)
  • Staff training and development (31%)
  • Retaining Staff (29%)
  • Digital Technology and IT (27%)
  • More renewable energy options (16%)

 

Although the majority of SMEs are quite positive facing into the next annual period, challenges and concerns were noted, with a sense of growing uncertainty about the looming challenges ahead. Energy prices (49%), economic issues due to geo-political events (38%) and inflation / rising costs of raw material (38%) are stated as the top three concerns for Munster businesses.

That said, SME resilience shone through when asked about opportunities in the year ahead. Attracting new customers (67%), building new supplier relationships (42%) and taking on new staff (33%) are seen as the biggest opportunities for Munster SME’s in the next 12 months. 22% say trading internationally is an opportunity, while 7% cite Mergers and Acquisition activity as a prospect.

 

When it comes to financing their business, 84% of Munster SMEs surveyed by Bibby Financial Services say they use a form of external business finance. Among the most popular forms of financing are:

  • Business loans (38%)
  • Credit cards (36%) – slightly higher than the national average of 30%
  • Overdrafts (29%)
  • Private equity (27%)
  • Invoice Finance (9%)

 

Given the fact that business loans, credit cards and overdrafts require a business to take on even more debt – at a time when they don’t need it – SME’s should be considering more sustainable and long term solutions such as Invoice Finance, a facility that offers businesses access to money outstanding from their unpaid invoices, helping them to access income they have already earned but not yet received.

 

Unlike a loan, credit card or overdraft, Invoice Finance does not involve ongoing monthly repayments. This revolving credit option means that once your invoices are paid, you can just continue the cycle – upload your invoices, draw down, use the funds and simply repeat. In addition to assisting with cashflow, it’s worth noting that Invoice Finance can also be utilised to fund a range of other growth scenarios such as investing in infrastructure or equipment, funding Research and Development, financing an expansion, Mergers and Acquisition activity or simply stabilising a business during turnaround.

 

49% said that the level of finance available was a key attribute they considered when choosing a finance provider, while 47% said a ‘relationship-based approach’ was important, with 31% stating that the ability to apply online was important.

 

Chasing unpaid invoices is the top financing issue for almost one third of Munster SME’s (33%) followed by the effective management of day-to-day cashflow (31%) and managing the risk of a customer non-payment / bad debt (22%).

 

Of Munster SME’s who have had to open a new business account due to the imminent departure of KBC and Ulster Bank, 50% said they found it hard to find a ‘human’ to talk to discuss their issues, while 50% said changing technology was difficult as they had to use different apps. 33% said that they had to reapply for an overdraft, which was time consuming and caused cashflow problems.

 

Stephen McCarthy, Head of Business Development at Bibby Financial Services Ireland, says:

“All Irish businesses, including those in Munster, are once again bracing themselves for further economic volatility thanks to a range of domestic and international hurdles that are largely outside of their control. However, rather than showing a business population anxious about the challenges they are facing, the result of our survey demonstrates a stoic resilience amongst the SME community in Munster.

 

The package of measures announced by the Government to support businesses and households is extremely welcome, and will help address some of the pain points in the short term, but the question now is whether it will it go far enough to ensure the long-term survival of many businesses. Only time will tell the true extent of the impact on the business landscape.

It’s important to acknowledge the resilience of Munster SMEs and their ability to adapt and change – coupled with the wide-ranging support available from the private and public sectors – and hopefully this will fuel Munster SMEs who continue to play a pivotal role in Ireland’s overall economic solidarity over the coming months.”

 

1000+ businesses in Swords and 450+ businesses at Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole to benefit from €50m+ investment by Enet in fibre networks

  • New 10km network around Swords will incorporate Swords Business Campus, Seatown Business Campus, Swords Business Park, The Pavillions Shopping Centre and Airside Business Park

 

  • New 4km backhaul and fibre infrastructure in Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole will provide the ability to connect mobile towers and over 450 new businesses to a new high speed fibre network

 

  • Work has also commenced on 45km of high-capacity fibre along the north and west of Dublin City which will increase capacity in Dublin by 900% and allow for 700 terabytes of traffic

 

Enet, Ireland’s largest open access telecoms network provider, has announced a significant new €50m+ investment in fibre networks in multiple locations around Ireland – including Swords and at Greenogue Business Park. The expansion will see Enet’s fibre network connect major commercial, retail and industrial zones to increase the availability of high-capacity data transport for data centre connectivity, mobile data traffic and mission critical business traffic.

 

The new €50m+ investment will allow network operators and more business premises across the country to directly connect to Enet’s comprehensive telecommunications network. Businesses on Enet’s network can avail of connectivity up to 100 Gbps within Ireland and to multiple international destinations in Europe and North America. Key focus areas from Phase 1 of investment include:

 

  • Over 45km of new fibre networks along the north and west of Dublin city, connecting all of the major business parks which are home to the various IDC’s, telehouses and multinational companies as well as 25 Dublin data centres. Enet is increasing fibre availability on the route, known as the T50, by 900% and will allow for 700 terabytes of traffic

 

  • A new 10km network around Swords providing fibre connections to 1000+ businesses across Swords Business Campus, Seatown Business Campus, Swords Business Park, The Pavillions Shopping Centre and Airside Business Park

 

  • A new 4km backhaul and fibre infrastructure in Greenogue Business Park in Rathcoole which will provide the ability to connect mobile towers and over 450 new businesses to a new high speed fibre network

 

  • The installation of ‘Fibre To The Tower’ in a range of locations

 

  • New locations are made available on Enet’s customer self-serve portal as they near completion

Enet, which is part of the Speed Fibre Group, has already expanded its Dublin Metro network by over 18.5km between January to May this year in areas such as Rathmines in Dublin 6 and Westmoreland Street in Dublin 2.

Enet operates the largest alternative wholesale telecoms network in Ireland, which comprises of over 5,600 Km of fibre infrastructure, including the Irish State’s Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs), proprietary metro networks, a unique dark fibre backhaul infrastructure, as well as one of the largest licensed wireless networks in the country. Taken together, Enet’s infrastructure creates a fully integrated nationwide telecommunications network that is truly open access in nature, enabling retail service providers and network operators to deliver world class data connectivity services to their customers throughout Ireland and enabling them to connect internationally.

 

Enet also offers carriers a wide and innovative range of world-class fibre and wireless wholesale products and services, ranging from Managed Connectivity, Infrastructure Access, Direct Internet Access and white label broadband.

 

Peter McCarthy, Group CEO of Speed Fibre Group, the home of Enet, said: “We’re delighted to announce this significant new investment as it allows us to deliver the highest quality network connections in crucial commercial areas in Ireland, including Swords and at Greenogue Business Park. By implementing critical fibre networks to provide high bandwidth telecommunications connectivity to our wholesale customers, we are supporting thousands of businesses and consumers across the country with the network capacity they need to grow and prosper. By further enabling our world-class telecommunications networks, this investment will also really cement Ireland’s position as an ideal location for businesses to operate in.”

The new investment announcement by Enet follows an agreement earlier this year with EXA Infrastructure to deliver international optical network connections between Dublin and datacentres in Europe and across the North Atlantic.

The partnership covers over 40 key priority datacentres in Europe including Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Marseilles and Milan as well as a variety of North American routes on the EXA Infrastructure network, which is now the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting the two continents. Importantly, this service from Enet also facilitates the delivery of large volumes of data for datacentre workloads, including ultra-high-definition video content, Internet of Things applications and the continual rise in the usage of cloud-based applications.

 

Enet is a part of Speed Fibre Group, the home of telecommunication businesses Enet and Magnet+, and is an Irish investment vehicle focused on telecoms infrastructure as well as communications service provision.

Speed Fibre Group entities have a combined annual turnover which now approaching €80M, with more than 200 staff and over 11,000 customers. Offices are located in Limerick and Dublin. In addition, it boasts over one million people benefiting from wholesale networks – including mobile phone users, students, residential broadband users, public sector workers and staff in multinational organisations.

Speed Fibre Group is owned by the Irish Infrastructure Fund (IIF) which manages capital for more than 20 institutional investors, the majority of which are Irish pension funds, trusts, and investment managers. To date, the IIF controls over €500m of investments across energy, telecoms, tourism and healthcare in Ireland.

 

www.enet.ie