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02/10/19 #innovationisland: Oileán Árainn Mhór



Take a trip to Arranmore Island off the Co Donegal coast this Saturday to hear at first hand how the island is innovating to promote growth and create a sustainable future for the next generations. The event is part of the Donegal Connect initiative aimed at attracting Diaspora to the county and runs on October 5th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.


Arranmore Island Community Council would like you to visit the island’s new digital hub, says spokesperson Seamus Bonner. “Hear how we are using technology to bring jobs and make our traditional industries more sustainable. We look forward to hearing from others who are doing the same or thinking of starting to make their community a more vibrant place to live and work.”


During this informal workshop, speakers will learn about their computer programming club Codordojo Árainn Mhór: Arranmore Island was the first in the north west to set up a Coderdojo – the worldwide kids coding club movement started in Ireland in 2011. The club is passing digital skills on to local children and has attracted tech experts from as far away as the City of London to come as guest mentors. Seamus himself is the club co-ordinator and you can also hear from the children who take part.


You can also hear about the amazing Elearning hub on Árainn Mhór: The island’s secondary school is participating in this national project which offers virtual classes in e.g. sciences subjects like Physics, which would not otherwise be available, says Seamus.


“You have probably already heard from tv or radio about our cross-island Connectivity Digital Hub project with Three Ireland, But you can find out more about MODAM – Ireland’s first offshore shared digital workspace, as that is where the workshop will be based”.


Seamus moves on to talk about Remote Working and Virtual Offices. “The island’s reputation for technical innovation and breathtaking beauty is spreading far and wide. This has led to enquiries from people interested in working remotely from the island, and businesses interested in setting up offices there.”


Seamus adds that there will be an opportunity for Questions and Answers and a look around the island before you leave.  Arranmore Ferry details here and This is a free event but booking is essential. Click here to book. Enquiries to [email protected]


Donegal Connect is about attracting people with Donegal roots or connections to visit, live, work, invest or run a business here, to boost tourism and business opportunities for our county.  With over 60 events, the project is showcasing Donegal talent, taste and innovation over 10 days from 27th September - 6th October 2019.


Donegal Connect is a Donegal County Council initiative in association with the Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Donegal Diaspora, Donegal Tourism, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Údarás na Gaeltachta, IDA Ireland, Donegal Food Coast, Pramerica, Abbots Diabetes Care, Randox and Donegal Global Irish. Donegal Connect is part funded by Fáilte Ireland under the Global Irish Festival series.

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