Kerry Group in partnership with NEWKD are proud to present a Community Vibrancy Recognition Programme Award to the Mol Teic – Dingle Creativity & Innovation Hub, to recognise their valuable contribution to the:
· Vibrancy of Corcha Dhuibhne / Dingle Peninsula.
· Employment Services through the provision of workspace for local people.
· Enterprise through the supports and structures provided by Mol Teic.
· Leadership in Community, Environment & Rural Development.
The Dingle Hub is a recently established community enterprise based in An Cuilín Business Park which provides a facility with state-of-the-art services for start-up companies to establish, expand and collaborate with other businesses locally, nationally and internationally. Supported by a range of significant partners including NEWKD, Enterprise Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Kerry County Council, Net Feasa, Eir and the Dingle Chamber Alliance, the Dingle Hub focuses on four key strands – Music / Film-making, Animation, Internet of Things (IoT) and Marine and the Environment – and places a significant emphasis on creativity and the role it can play in supporting and developing businesses.
A major theme of the Dingle Hub is that improved modern technology will help create jobs locally, and will enable young people stay, work and live in their own community. An example of one of the projects is to deploy “Internet of Things” sensor networks on local farms to allow real-time monitoring of soil conditions. This will assist with increasing the overall efficiency and help sustain the long-term viability of our local family farms by supporting the transition to more biological and natural farming systems. It is also an opportunity to showcase local expertise in this area and for Dingle to be seen as a test and trial facility for projects that have the potential to be rolled out nationally.
The Dingle Hub is developing strategic links with higher education institutes such as SHU (Sacred Heart University), Kerry ETB, ITT, DCU and UCC and also with ESB Networks. The Dingle Hub has been awarded some €180,000 over the next 3 years from Enterprise Ireland through its Local and Community Enterprise Development fund and has also initiated a project which involves a new vision for the Dingle Workhouse, changing it into a creative workspace and cultural interpretive centre involving a variety of amenities for visitors and local community groups.
John Stack, Chairperson of NEWKD said that the organisation is “congratulates the Mol Teic Dingle Hub in establishing and developing such an ambitious and positive social enterprise that is focused on enterprise, employment and community in such a forward-looking manner”.
Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group, also offered is congratulations an best wished to all involved in Mol Teic on this award, and said that “Creating skilled local employment opportunities is fundamental to the development of vibrant communities and this type of initiative will help the region to capitalise on the changing nature of work.”