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Engineering roles welcomed as iDirect to set up centre in Killarney

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IDA CEO Martin Shanahan pictured during a recent visit to iDirect’s new offices at The Reeks Gateway building in Killarney with iDrect’s VP of HR Amy Cahoon and senior engineer Tim Moriarty.

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SATELLITE ground infrastructure provider iDirect will tap into the technology-rich Killarney region to create more than 30 specialised engineering jobs over the course of five years.

VT iDirect, Inc (iDirect), a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc (VT Systems), today announced it will establish an engineering and innovation centre in Killarney.

The facility will help to create new engineering jobs in a technology-rich region of the world.

iDirect, which now has offices in The Reeks Gateway building in Killarney, is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.

The project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation through Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Ireland.

iDirect established its presence in Ireland following its 2014 acquisition of intellectual property (IP) from locally based Altobridge.

The IP acquired from the small-cell company focused on 2G and 3G solutions for cellular backhaul, is today integrated into existing iDirect solutions that enable the cellular backhaul market—a fast-growing market for VSAT service providers, driven by the need for mobile operators to extend their service offering into new geographical areas to capture greater revenue.

The new engineering roles that will be created at the facility will focus on software, firmware, hardware, radio frequency and systems engineering technologies.

“Satellite connectivity requires some of the best engineers in the world lending their unique set of skills to help solve highly critical challenges. And as the demand for satellite continues to accelerate around the globe, the continued expansion of engineering resources will be required in order to further its development,” said Mary Cotton, CEO, iDirect. “At iDirect, we are always looking for exceptional engineering talent, and we are thrilled to be opening a new Engineering and Innovation Centre right in the heart of Ireland, a country that is rich in talented, highly skilled technical engineers.”

The project was welcomed by Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor. The Minister complimented the company on its new investment and said: "Bringing 30 quality technical jobs to County Kerry is very welcome and Killarney will benefit significantly from this investment. I am very supportive of attracting skilled jobs to regional centres.

“This is an endorsement of the Government's work in driving FDI to locations outside the main urban areas and, also on skills provision. It is very rewarding that projects like this, requiring specialist engineering expertise, can be located in a regional location. This new initiative will enhance Ireland's reputation for other new specialist ICT investments.”

IDA Ireland’s CEO Martin Shanahan said: “This is a unique technology project in a regional location like Killarney. It will be a valuable addition to the telecommunications sector in Ireland, and will be well positioned to respond to continuous growth in demand for satellite technologies in the EMEA region. The availability of appropriate technology talent and skills in the South West was an important consideration for the company and points to County Kerry being an excellent location for other companies in the sector. I wish the company every success here.”

With existing technology development centres located in Ottawa (Canada), Singapore, Cranfield (UK) as well as Herndon (US), iDirect expands its global engineering innovation footprint to a country that is rich in skilled information communications technology (ICT) professionals.

According to IDA Ireland, the country’s inward investment promotion agency that promotes foreign direct investment into Ireland through a wide range of services, Ireland today employs more than 37,000 in ICT and is the home to nine of the world’s top-10 companies in this industry.
 


 
IDA CEO Martin Shanahan pictured during a recent visit to iDirect’s new offices at The Reeks Gateway building in Killarney with iDrect’s VP of HR Amy Cahoon and senior engineer Tim Moriarty.

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Killarney co-drivers to the fore at this weekend

Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship. The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness. On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin. O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian […]

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Two Killarney-based co-drivers will contest this weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, the fourth rounds of the British Rally Championship.

The two-day event gets underway tonight (Friday) with one stage set to be run under the cover of darkness.
On the startline will be Muckross man Noel O’Sullivan and Aghadoe’s Mikie Galvin.

O’Sullivan, co-driver to Welshman Osian Pryce, is the current leader of the series while Galvin, who reads pacenotes for fellow Killarney and District Motor Club member, West Cork’s Keith Cronin, is eighth after missing the opening round.

“The element of darkness certainly brings an additional challenge to all the crews, especially since most of us will not have done any night stages for some time, the most recent I did was in 2017 on the Ulster Rally,” Cronin noted.

The route layout reads like an extract from the itinerary of the World Championship counting RAC Rally of the 1980s, featuring familiar locations such as Dalby, Gale Rigg and Langdale, and it will be the Dalby Forest test that opens the competition shortly after 8pm tonight.

Meanwhile, Irish rallying returned last Sunday after the pandemic-enforced lay-off with the ‘Munster Car Club’s Cork 20’.

London-based Listry co-driver Shane Buckley was the best of the local entrants, guiding Daniel Cronin, Keith’s brother, to fifth overall.

Ger Conway and his driver Stephen Wright were just two places and 8.9 seconds behind in another Ford Fiesta RC2. It was Conway’s first taste of a RC2 car since he and Rob Duggan finished second overall on the 2018 Donegal International Rally.

“There is a taste of more after this,” said Ger after a trouble-free day.
Damien Fleming came close to making it four local co-drivers in the top 10. He and his driver Stephen McCann were 11th, just 16.6 off the leader board. They said it took a while to get used to the bumpy Irish tar after a recent trip to the Tour of Flanders in Belgium.

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Education Minister officially opens The Mon’s new classrooms

A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education. Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room […]

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A town primary school – which has a deep connection to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty – has a whole new look which was officially opened today (Friday) by the Minister for Education.

Norma Foley TD officially opened the newly constructed wing to the Presentation Monastery Primary School on New Road which will house two special needs classrooms, a multi-sensory room and a general-purpose hall.

The project, which was funded by Department of Education along with money raised by the school as part of their ‘THE MON-ster Fundraiser’, was just one of three officially opened new additions to the school along with a special dedication of the school’s hall in honour of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, a past pupil of the school from 1909-1914.

Also, The Most Rev. Ray Browne, Bishop of Kerry, officially opened a three-classroom extension at the school’s present site which was opened in 1958 having moved from its College Street location which was opened in 1838 by the Presentation Brothers.

Former Supreme Court Judge Hugh O’Flaherty and Mrs Pearl Dineen the nephew and niece of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty officiated over the dedicating of the school’s new hall to past pupil, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, in recognition of his heroic deeds during WWII.

O’Flaherty, who also taught at the school later, became better known for the role he played in World War II while at the Vatican leading over 6,500 prisoners of war, partisans and Jews to freedom to earn him the title of the ‘Vatican Pimpernel’, leading to the 1983 film ‘The Scarlet and the Black’ with Gregory Peck portraying the role of O’Flaherty.

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A special outdoor classroom ‘Dotts Garden’, dedicated to the memory of Dorothy (Dott) Hennggler the 2011 Washington DC Rose who died at the family home in Baltimore from a brain tumour, was officially opened by Anne O’Shea (aunt of the late Dorothy), and Àine McMahon (cousin of the late Dorothy and BOM member). The outdoor classroom was beautifully decorated over the summer by artist Katríona Lynch.

Due to COVID restrictions, the main event took place outdoors with staff joined by a small group of pupils selected from each of the classes representing the student body along with members of the school’s Board of Management.

“Your achievements have been remarkable over the last number of months,” Minister of Education, Norma Foley, said today at the official opening.

“It is my wish going forward that the next year in education will be less complicated, less trying and less difficult one. I think school staff are deserving of that. We can put the COVID atmosphere behind us and we are moving positively along. We hope that in a few months we will talk about living in a post-COVID time. The story of Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty speaks of the calibre of students produced here, but it also speaks of the courage and bravery and vision that Kerry people can have in the most difficult and trying of times.”

School principal Colm Ó Suilleabháin, who is shortly moving on to St Oliver’s NS in Ballycasheen, was delighted to be in attendance to see the building come to fruition.

“It’s a fantastic culmination of hard work by the staff and the Board of Management, and we are delighted to see the school is fully equipped and resourced for the next generation of pupils from Killarney and beyond,” he said.

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