Today sees the launch of The Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub in Kerry, a truly exciting development for local entrepreneurs and creative professionals who want to launch and scale their businesses locally, from Dingle.
The Hub, which is supported by eir, Dingle Business Chamber, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Kerry County Council, is providing co-working spaces, dedicated offices and hot desks for 20 people. At eir, we’re delighted to be involved, because it’s exactly the kind of initiative that embodies what we’re supporting across the country: the regeneration of rural Ireland, enabled in every case by the delivery of high-speed fibre connectivity.
It’s this vital infrastructure that creates sustainable employment and opens doors for entrepreneurs who see their future professional and personal lives as being based in these local areas, not in any remote city, either in Ireland or abroad. Residents of local communities who have access to high-speed connectivity no longer need to be excluded from full engagement in the digital world, and aren’t forced to choose between living where they want and achieving their professional ambitions.
At the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub, we’re proud to be making a significant investment in connectivity and services. We’re also connecting entrepreneurs and creative professionals based in the Hub with experts from eir Business, to provide insight on pertinent technologies that can help them start or expand their businesses.
The resources we’re devoting include a 1 Gigabit fibre connection and hosted voice services for the new Hub, which will be based in the Údarás na Gaeltachta business park, as well as Wi-Fi access points, to let resident businesses work anywhere in the Hub, untethered to the desk.
We’re also providing technology components to let the Hub build its own new, test-bed networks in Dingle, open to local businesses who want test and scale ideas for Internet of Things (IOT) or Wi-Fi based applications.
If you believe that people in Ireland should be able to live anywhere, and achieve their ambitions regardless of location, I’d urge you to look at what the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub is achieving – you can follow them here on Twitter or here on Facebook. The Hub’s launch is due to be followed by similar launches elsewhere in Ireland later this year, so watch out for more announcements.