Ice-Vibe, the latest innovation from Dundalk based company Horseware, has been shortlisted in the Life Sciences category of the prestigious Irish Times and InterTrade Ireland Innovation Awards.
Following a presentation to the judges on February 6th, winners in each category will be chosen by an independent panel of judges from the shortlist of 3 finalists. An overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ winner will be drawn from the category winners. The winner will be announced in a ceremony at the Titanic Centre in Belfast on March 22nd.
Ice-Vibe are rechargeable vibrating boots that boost circulation in horse’s legs. Created by Co. Tipperary based New Zealander Louisa Williams and developed by Horseware, Ice-Vibe boots combine the effects of cooling and massage therapy to effectively treat strains, ligament and tendon damage.
Louisa says: “we believe that Ice-Vibe can really make a difference to the quality of life experienced by many hard working horses and we know that using the boots has prolonged the competitive careers of several top class horses. Too often horses with tendon problems are written off. We hope that the use of Ice-Vibe boots will give a second chance to horses who would otherwise have been put to sleep.”
Ice-Vibe already has one innovation award under its belt, having won the Innovation Award at the 2012 British Equestrian Trade Association fair.
An Employers Forum
An Employers Forum which will take place on 5th March at 5.30 pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, will provide attendees with up to date information on a broad range of employment and development supports now available to businesses in this region and will highlight the role that business leaders can play in and combatting unemployment.
The forum’s keynote speaker, Padraic White, Chairman , Louth Economic forum has extensive experience and direct involvement in the area of employment creation and employability. He was the first Chairman of the Northside Area Partnership, Dublin, which pioneered links between employers and the unemployed. He currently chairs the Employment Services Board of West Belfast and Greater Shankill which jointly with an Employers Forum developed access to jobs for over 1,000 unemployed. A former MD of IDA-Ireland he is currently Chairman of a diverse range of Irish SMEs.
A panel of speakers from the private, public and voluntary sectors will provide information on a range of incentives for businesses including: financial incentives for job creation; practical and free employment supports for business; how work activation schemes can benefit your company and business development supports and programs.
The event is being organized by Worklink, www.worklink.ie a volunteer led, not-for-profit employment support organisation which has been formed in response to Ireland’s unemployment crisis. Worklink offers free support to employers, jobseekers and other bodies to maximize the uptake and effectiveness of work activation and other employment incentives designed to help jobseekers gain employment in Ireland.
The forum is being supported by Dundalk Chamber, Louth County Enterprise Board,
Louth Local Authorities Business Support Unit, Department of Social Protection, CIPD and Drogheda Chamber of Commerce. Joint sponsors are: Louth County Enterprise Board and Louth Local Authorities Business Support Unit.
Admission is free but booking is essential: http://worklinkemployersforum.eventbrite.ie/
or Phone: 087 7988008
Carlingford Adventure Centre Easter Packages
Carlingford Adventure Centre offer fun adventure holidays for children ages 6 and up!
A amazing range of outdoor activities are offered daily, Pier Jumping, Kayaking, Laser Combat, Crystal Maze, High Ropes Course and many more.
Whether you want to take part as a family or leave the kids to it with our capable instructors. We have packages to suit all tastes and all ages.
See PDF for the list of Activities
InterTradeIreland Innovation awards 2013.
Local Dundalk company climote is one of the 18 organisations shortlisted, across Ireland, in The Irish Times InterTradeIreland Innovation awards 2013.
L-R : Derek Roddy (CEO climote); Eamon Conway (MD climote); Rob Lane (CTO climote).
climote has developed a home heating system that lets homeowners manage and control their heating remotely via web or phone app from anywhere in the world.
climote has been shortlisted in the GreenTech category and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, 22nd March, 2013 at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.
Michael McAleer, Editor, Innovation, The Irish Times, said, “The Irish Times Innovation Awards aim to recognise and promote the best innovations within organisations of all sectors and all sizes across Ireland, “This year, once again, the calibre of entries was exemplary, showcasing the creativity and innovation of Irish enterprises.
“The awards have previously identified a number of innovative businesses, many of whom have gone on to become industry and global leaders in their particular sectors.
“I have no doubt that many of this year’s entrants will go on to replicate those successes.”
Dererk Roddy, CEO of climote said “we are delighted to have been shortlisted for these national innovation awards and it demonstrates the quality of our great team in Dundalk, who are helping us grow from strength to strength.”
For more information visit www.climote.com
Employment and Advice Fair
The European Employment Services Unit of the Department of Social Protection, together with Employment Services North East is working in association with Marshes Shopping Centre and Dundalk Chamber to organise a Regional/National and European.
The event is aimed at Irish and EU workers already in Ireland who are looking for jobs locally and throughout Europe.
It will be attended by local employers and locally based Employment Advice Agencies. Also present will be European Employment Advisers, who are specialists in recruitment and jobs in Europe. The Member States attending include France, Sweden, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Latvia, Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia, Romania, UK, Austria, Slovenia, Poland and Greece. The European Advisers will give advice and job information on opportunities in their own country.
Irish Companies including PayPal, National Pen, Hertz, Image IT Group, PRO Stainless Designs Ltd, Optimum Ltd., Swilly Group, Cpl and City North Hotel, among others will be in attendance. They are recruiting for the following vacancies in Ireland: Customer Service, Computer Engineers, Metal Fabricators, Drivers, Store Managers, Area Managers, Fashion Retailers, Staff Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Pharmacy Managers, Chef de Partie, Receptionist, Food and Beverage/Accommodation Assistants.
Other vacancies from Europe include: Nursing Staff, Medical Professions, Engineers, Technicians, IT Specialists, HGV Drivers, Labourers, Carpenters, Welders, Sewing Machinists, CNC Engineers, Nurses, Programmers, Transaction/Commercial Managers, among others.
In addition, Education & Training Providers together with Irish Advice and Welfare Agencies will be represented including those dealing with Taxation and Business Start-Up.
A C/V clinic will also be run throughout the fair to assist job Seekers with their C/V preparation.
The event will take place in the Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk and will be open on Friday 22nd February 2013 from 1pm to 6pm, and Saturday 23rd February from 12 noon to 5pm.
The Department of Social Protection, Employment Services and International Employment Services is committed to working closely with other State Agencies and organisations to provide the most effective integrated service to individuals who are seeking to explore their future career options.
International Employment Services is part of a European Commission network called EURES (EURopean Employment Services). EURES Advisers are trained specialists who provide information and guidance to jobseekers and employers interested in the European labour market. The EURES service is free of charge. For further information contact your local EURES Adviser or log onto www.eures.europa.eu.
For further information contact:
Anne Keeley, Assistant Principal, Employment Services, North East, Tel. + 353 (0)42 9392718
Kevin Quinn, Assistant Principal, International Employment Services. Tel. +353 (0) 1 6732712
Competitive Feasibility Fund for counties Louth, Cavan & Monaghan
Enterprise Ireland is launching a new Competitive Feasibility Fund to help entrepreneurs research their business ideas. Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 26th February 2013.
Funding of up to €25,000 per project will be considered on a competitive basis (up to 50% of eligible expenditure). The objective of the Competitive Feasibility Fund for the North East Region is to assist a new manufacturing or internationally traded service start-up company or individual entrepreneur, to investigate the viability of a new significant growth orientated business or proposition to be located in the North East Region. The aim of the grant is to provide the necessary information to enable the promoter (and Enterprise Ireland) to reach firm conclusions regarding the project's viability and set out investor ready plans and financials associated with developing and commercialising the innovative product or service on international markets
This fund is open to applications from the ICT, Industrial and Food sectors including the following sub-sectors: Internet, Games SaaS, Cloud Computing, Enterprise Software, Telecoms, Lifesciences, Cleantech and Industrial Products.
Full details of the fund including the application form can be found at www.enterprise-ireland.com/nef.
Clermont Chorale was formed in 2003 and has 35 members, drawn from all parts of Louth and its neighbouring counties - from Skerries to Rostrevor, from Carlingford to Carrickmacross. This chamber choir includes music from the 16th century right up to the present day in its repertoire. Its performances are a cappella, for the most part, but it has collaborated over the years with string quartets, jazz trios, percussionists and full string orchestras.
Dundalk Chamber of Commerce offers its sincere condolences to the family of Detective Garda Adrian
Dundalk Chamber of Commerce offers its sincere condolences to the family of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe who was killed in the line of duty.
The loss that his family and friends have suffered cannot be imagined. Many of our members knew Adrian personally and they are traumatised by this cowardly killing.
The people of North Louth have shown by their signing of the various books of condolence that criminal activity has no place in our society.
The Chamber has advised its members to show flexibility and understanding to staff who wish to have time off to attend the funeral. Members along the funeral route have indicated that they will also be showing their respect.
Following the funeral Mass in St Josephs, the cortege will take the route of down St Alphonsus Road to Sloane’s corner turning right onto the Long Avenue. Right on Hill Street bridge and left onto Stapleton Place. Pass the Garda Station at The Crescent and then will be brought through the town center via Anne, Park, Demense, Clanbrassil Church and Bridge Street. It will pass the Lisdoo and turn right to past the Sportsbowl and on to Ballymac roundabout.
Businesses on the route have indicated that they are showing their support by closing their doors and we hope that everyone else in the business community will do likewise.
Closing our premises while the funeral passes through the town centre demonstrates our admiration for Det. Garda Adrian Donohoe and shows our continued support to his family, friends and colleagues.
IPB Gathering Ireland Fund
IPB GATHERING IRELAND FUND ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF COUNTY LOUTH GATHERING EVENTS AND ACTIVITES
A total of 39 Gathering events will receive funding in County Louth under the nationwide €2m IPB Gathering Ireland Fund. Details of the gatherings were announced on Thursday last by Michael Ring, TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport at a launch in Castletown House, Co Kildare.
Pictured, from left, are Mr Ronan Foley, Chief Executive of IPB; Mr
George Jones, chairman of IPB; Ms Joan Martin, Louth Local Authorities
County Manager; Mr Brendan McGrath, Meath Local Authorities County
Manager; Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport,
and Mr. Jim Miley, Gathering Ireland Project Director
The gatherings, divided into key county flagship events and community gatherings are funded as a result of a €1M philanthropic donation by IPB Insurance that was matched by the Gathering Ireland in response to the enormous interest expressed nationwide in the tourism initiative. The overall total of 39 funded events in County Louth is made up of 3 flagship events and 36 local community events.
- The 3 Flagship events that have received funding are;
- Drogheda Samba Festival
- Louth Land of Legends Nautical Gathering Event
- The National Leprechaun Hunt, Carlingford
Speaking at the announcement, Joan Martin, County Manager, Louth County Council said ‘we expect to achieve several thousand additional incremental overseas visitors to County Louth directly as a result of The Gathering. This will contribute greatly to the local economy as visitors will spend throughout a range of businesses from accommodation to restaurants and retail. We are looking forward to a positive year for tourism in County Louth and to working together on one of the largest ever tourism initiatives in Ireland.’
Minister Ring said, “I’m delighted that we can present such a huge range of flagship events which shows what a great year we have ahead of us. There really is something for everyone, whether you live in Ireland or are coming from overseas. The IPB Gathering Ireland Fund will have a real impact on 2013 and I commend IPB Insurance for its commitment to this project.”
The €2m fund was administered by the city and county councils based on agreed application criteria. A key factor in the evaluation process was capacity to attract overseas visitors.
Ronan Foley, CEO of IPB Insurance, said, “The large number of applications received by City and County Councils is testament to the public support and endorsement for The Gathering. IPB Insurance is proud partners of this fantastic initiative that reaches out and supports community and flagship events right across the country. These events will, I believe, reap long term economic and social benefits for Ireland. In particular, I would encourage Corporate Ireland to adopt a leadership role in getting behind our country, our economy and our communities through this fantastic initiative.”
Gathering Ireland Project Director, Jim Miley, commented on the response they received. “As of today there are a total of 2600 Gatherings registered on the website. This really does demonstrate how much people have embraced the Gathering. The IPB support has enabled us to provide funding for smaller and medium scale Gathering events that might not otherwise have happened or that will help event organisers attract additional overseas visitors.”
Fitzers 5k Fun Run
Rehab Care Dundalk and Dundalk Simon Community are organising the inaugural Fitzers 5k Fun Run event on Saturday 23rd February 2013 in association with Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick.
RehabCare operates a wide variety of responsive health and social care programmes which reach into communities the length and breadth of Ireland.
RehabCare Dundalk provides services for people with an intellectual disability or physical and sensory disability. Choice, quality and personalised services are the cornerstones of the service. We provide a range of opportunities such as training and educational programmes, social and leisure activities and support to access paid part time work.
Dundalk Simon Community delivers a wide range of essential services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless throughout the North East including outreach prevention, emergency accommodation, tenancy sustainment, day centre, supported housing, independent living and specialist services such as Community Alcohol Detox.
The 5k Fun Run is a fundraising event that will enable these two charities to continue on with their Community Food Garden Project into 2013 and beyond.
The Food Garden Project enhances the participants’ understanding of nutrition and self-sufficiency. Participants learn to grow, prepare and cook a range of healthy organic fruit and vegetables throughout the year, with an emphasis on transferring these skills to their home life. A support worker is employed to assist participants to grow produce and prepare healthy meals using the food products harvested from the community garden.
The success of the Food Garden Project has inspired the staff and service users of RehabCare to roll the project out to local primary schools to help to educate the children on growing their own food and to eat more fruit and vegetables.
The funds raised from the 5 K Fun Run event will go directly to funding these projects. We are asking all sports clubs and groups to encourage their members to take part in Fitzers 5 k Fun Run to help raise funds and awareness for this local project. Each participant will receive a T Shirt and Goody Bag. The event has an AAI permit and will be chip timed. Spot prizes and winners prizes will be announced on the day and we would like to encourage as many people to take part as possible.