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New Tourism Website based in Kerry

13 Feb

50 new jobs are to be created in Farranfore this year, in a new tourism booking website created by the founders of two Kerry based companies.
Stephen O Sullivan of Splash Design and Cathal O’Connell of Paddywagon tours have created after securing funding of 300,000 euro from Enterprise Ireland. The website will allow people to book day excursions all over the world.

Deputies Brendan Griffin and Michael Healy Rae have welcomed the news of the jobs. DayToursWorld will be based at the Farranfore Business Park with a sub office in Dublin.


Passenger numbers up in Kerry Airport

6 Jul

Passenger numbers were up last year in Kerry Airport despite the loss of the PSO contract and the economic downturn. The airport’s annual results for the 14 month period up until December 2010, show that 424,599 people used the facility; that’s up 3% of the previous 12 months. The company’s accounts cover 14 months, as its accounting period changed to a calendar year ending in December.

Although passenger numbers at Kerry Airport were up as a whole, the Dublin route was down 33%, while London dropped 4%. The numbers travelling between Kerry and Germany was up 19%; and the new routes to Alicante and Faro, as well as the resumption of the Manchester route, helped to increase overall passenger numbers last year.

Kerry Airport’s operating profit for the 14 month period to December was almost €248,000; that’s 3.3% of gross revenue, and is an increase from a rate of 2.9% for the previous 12 months.
Chairman of Kerry Airport Denis Cregan says a growth in traffic is satisfactory, compared to a drop nationally of 10%. He says the ending of the PSO between Kerry and Dublin last November had an impact on both final passenger numbers and profits, however he feels the real impact will be felt in their final 2011 results.

Kerry Airport will hold its AGM on July 26th in the Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee. (via Radio Kerry News)

20 new jobs for Tralee tech firm

1 Sep

Tralee technology company Aspen Grove has announced the creation of 20 new jobs due to the continued expansion of its business. The company provides web-based business process solutions for financial property management, valuations and sale.

The 20 high-end technical positions will be created within their development and networking teams and come onstream by the end of October, the company said. The positions on offer include project managers, software developers, database administrators, designers and report writers.

“These are graduate-level positions and are a huge boost to the technology sector in the Tralee and Kerry area,” CEO Sean Ryan said. The company is based at Shannon Development’s Kerry Technology Park in Tralee.

For more information see

via Irish Examiner

Endeavour final 15 candidates announced

13 Nov

The Endeavour Programme for entrepreneurs, which last month attracted over 500 applications from up-and-coming business people, today announced a final list of 15 successful participants whose business concepts were chosen following a rigorous selection process. Each Endeavouree will now embark on a seven month intensive fast-track programme, designed to bring their business ideas to life.

1. Warren Healy (Furbo, Co. Galway) of, has developed software that allows clubs and societies to web enable the sales and management of their existing or new government licensed fundraising lotto.

2. David Harvey (Athlone, Co. Roscommon) of Emissions Control Systems Ltd, has designed a patent pending device that generates hydrogen on demand which is suitable for all internal combustion engines.

3. Donncha Haverty (Thurles, Co. Tipperary) of HKPB Scientific Ltd, has developed two technologies to an advanced stage for the medical device industry.

4. Keith Loughnane (Tralee, Co. Kerry) of FitNexus, has developed an iPhone application which aims to replace and surpass the pedometer and stopwatch.

5. Grainne Barron (North Strand, Dublin) of, operates an Internationalised Web Based service company providing digital development and online gaming content.

6. Diarmuid Brennan (Carrigrohane, Cork) of, has developed a computer software for PC windows, ideal for any kind of stop motion animation.

7. Paul Cooling (Kevin Street, Dublin) of Blue Box Holdings, has developed a revolutionary form of private online betting.

8. John Dineen (Kinsale, Cork) of, has developed a vertical (specialised) search platform which crawls the web to find training companies.

9. Stephen Griffin (Tralee, Co. Kerry) of Westwoodtp, has invented and patented a unique reversible door hanging system.

10. David McAvinue (Douglas, Cork) of Tenderflow Ltd, has developed software to fundamentally change how 3D modelling and animation can be sourced both locally and internationally.

11. John McGuire (Galway) of Active Mind Technology Ltd, has developed pioneering equipment that allows golf data to be recorded on a device worn by the golfer without any interaction.

12. Philip McNamara (Craughwell, Galway) of Inspire Nation, has developed a Web 2.0 premium messaging solution for retailers to respond to queries from consumers about immediate brand availability within their stores.

13. Connor Murphy (Ballincollig West, Cork) of CRM Pulse, has developed an enterprise relationship management tool that helps global professional firms increase sales and reduce costs.

14. Declan O’Sullivan (Killarney, Co. Kerry) of Bet-Tec, has developed a suite of services which deliver new and entertaining betting experiences to sports betters.

15. Michael Sheehy (Ardfert, Co. Kerry) of Gaelforce Wind Energy Ltd, provides an operations management service primarily for wind energy generating stations.

Amann confirms Tralee plant closure

24 Apr

Amann Industries has confirmed that it is to close its plant in Tralee, Co Kerry with the loss of 210 jobs over the coming 15 months. In a brief statement issued after briefing staff this lunchtime, the company said the closure would be phased.

The spinning operation will cease production by mid-July this year, and its twisting operation will then be transferred to China over the following 12 months. The development comes after 120 jobs were lost at the Tralee plant in January.

The company said the need to remain competitive in a very difficult, cost sensitive market, combined with high labour and energy costs led to its decision. The German-owned company has been in Tralee since 1998 when it took over the former Klopman textile factory and with the aid of the government invested IR£26 million upgrading the operation here.

It produced highly specialised threads for the automotive, fashion and sports industries. Much of the equipment is to be transferred to the company’s operation in China over the coming 15 months.

via RTÉ Business

Kerry company wins contract at London Olympics Athletes Village

26 Mar

A Kerry company has won a contract to provide its software at the London 2012 Olympics Athlete’s Village. Donseed, which is based in the Kerry Technology Park, is to supply its workplace management solution to Wilson James Ltd, a large UK based construction, logistics, and security contractor.

Wilson James Ltd is currently supporting Bovis Lend Lease, the company overseeing the construction of the Athlete’s Village for the London 2012 games. Donseed’s software allows construction and security contractors to verify who is on site in real-time, and in doing so manage attendance, health and safety, security, and to reduce labour costs.


Gulliver Ireland Online hotel bookings grew by 11%

4 Mar

Online hotel bookings grew by 11% last year according to Gulliver Ireland. The hotel bookings arm of FEXCO launched their Hotel Sector Review to coincide with the Irish Hotel Federation Annual Conference taking place in Killarney.

According to the review, Kerry is among the top five counties for online bookings. While the Gulliver Ireland Hotel Sector Review 2009 revealed hotel bookings performed well last year, the company acknowledged the industry faces a very challenging year ahead.

The launch of the review comes as the Chief Executive of the IHF demands a twenty per cent reduction in energy prices. John Power says the discount is required to help businesses pull through the economic downturn. He said heating and electricity represents over 10 % of operating costs of most hotels and guesthouses.