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Black Donkey Brewery ‘scoops’ enterprise award





Black Donkey Brewing took home the Roscommon County Enterprise Award for 2018 on Monday afternoon at the Abbey Hotel. The company, which was founded in 2014 in Ballinlough, claimed the trophy as well as €3,500 in prize-money. There was also a special award for Employment and Growth Potential for Scott Hunter’s NCLS Crane & Lifting Services company, which is based in Scramogue.

  Speaking at the awards ceremony, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council Cllr. Orla Leyden said the event was designed to “recognise and reward the commitment, dedication and contribution of the micro business sector to the economy of Co. Roscommon”.

  She added that 2018 marked a significant milestone for the National Enterprise Awards, which will be held at the Mansion House, Dublin on May 24th.

  “This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the National Enterprise Awards. Winners from all years are being invited, including Roscommon’s 2001 national winner, Midland Precision Tool and Die Ltd.”.

  Roscommon County Council Director of Services, Martin Lydon, thanked each of the eight finalists: Black Donkey Brewing, Bio-Friendly, Crackncampers, Class Grass, NB Studio, NCLS Crane & Lifting Services, Seams Sew Simple and Westboat Boatbuilders and wished them well in each of their respective businesses. He added that they could be assured of the Local Enterprise Office’s continued assistance.

  Richard Siberry, who along with his wife Michaela, runs Black Donkey Brewing Ltd. was understandably thrilled with the county award.

  “It’s fantastic, there were very strong competitors there and we came in not really expecting anything. We almost didn’t come at all because of the storm over the weekend. We had a lot of shipments that were delayed and I said that if the truck hadn’t arrived by ten o’clock I’d have to stay and load it and miss the event. Thankfully it showed up early and we could make it!”

  The Ballinlough beer company has gone from strength to strength since Richard and Michaela started brewing in 2014, and 2018 promises to be another busy year.

  Richard now hopes that the implementation of legislation to allow the sale of alcohol on the premises will open up further revenue and employment opportunites in Ballinlough.

  “We’re still waiting to see what the Dáil comes up with in terms of what we colloquially call the ‘Tap Room Bill’ (Intoxicating Liquor (Breweries and Distilleries) Bill 2016). It will pass in one shape or form and if we can use it we’d certainly like to strike while the iron is hot because a nice little tourist business in Ballinlough would be great for the community. It would also give us the opportunity to create another job or two, even on a part-time basis”.

  Richard paid tribute to his colleagues and retail partners before expressing his gratitiude for the support of the Local Enterprise Office.

  “It’s been invaluable. LEO got us off the ground with a primary grant back in 2014 and they have been very supportive of our attendance and trade shows and festivals over the last four years. Obviously this award today is fantastic support and recognition that we must be doing something right. The door is always open and we have a great relationship with all the staff over at LEO”.

  Meanwhile, NCLS Crane & Lifting Services picked up €1,500 after winning the special award for Employment and Growth Potential. Scott Hunter established the Scramogue company back in 2015 and said the support from the Local Enterprise Office has been invaluable.

  “It’s brilliant (to win) and I’d definitely recommend anyone in business to get involved because LEO will help you with your business plans, ideas and help you to grow your business. This isn’t the end either, it (the support) will continue on after this”.

  Black Donkey Brewing will now go forward to the National Enterprise Awards which take place in the Mansion House on May 24th with regional judging to take place within the next few weeks at the Hodson Bay Hotel.












Business...at a glance - November 17th



Major recognition for Louise’s Beauty Studio


Congratulations to Louise of Louise’s Beauty Studio in Roscommon town following recognition as one of Ireland’s top Repechage skincare salons!

  The Repechage head office in America recently selected some of their top salons from across Europe and the USA to feature in a short video at a major conference in New York, this coming December – and among them was Louise’s Beauty Studio in Roscommon.

  The salon has stocked Repechage seaweed facials, body treatments and amazing products for over fourteen years.

  Proprietor Louise Conneally-Dowd told the Roscommon People she is “thrilled” with this award.


‘Titanic boss jumps ship’



A contender for headline of the week appeared in the Business Section of the Irish Times which reported on an impressive new ‘signing’ by Westport House and Hotel.

  Under the headline ‘Titanic boss jumps ship for Hotel Westport’ the paper continued: “The boss of one of Belfast’s top tourist attractions is jumping ship to become the new chief executive of Westport House and Hotel in Westport in Co. Mayo next year.”

  Tim Husbands is the man in question. Having overseen the huge success of the Titanic attraction, Mr. Husbands is now heading West. Quite a coup for Westport!


Rents rise in Roscommon


Rents rose nationwide by an average of 11.2% in the year to September 2017, according to the latest quarterly Rental Price Report by Daft.ie.

  The average monthly rent nationwide during the third quarter of 2017 was €1,198, the sixth quarter in a row a new all-time high has been set.

  The rate of inflation represents a slight slowdown in inflation from the rate recorded in the second quarter of 2017 (11.8%); the largest on record was the 13.5% increase recorded in late 2016.

In Dublin, the increase in rents in the year to September 2017 was 12.3% and rents in the Capital are now almost 23% higher than their previous peak in 2008, or €330 a month. The annual rate is unchanged from the second quarter and this is largely true of rents in the other major cities.

  In Cork, rents rose by 5.3% in the year to September, while in Galway, rents were 9.8% higher than a year previously. In Limerick city, rents rose by 10.9% during the past twelve months, while in Waterford the increase was 8.5%. Outside the five main cities, rents have risen by 10.8%.

  In Roscommon, rents were on average 7% higher in the third quarter of 2017 than a year previously. The average advertised rent is now €613, up 24% from its lowest point.


Taoiseach visits WDC in Ballaghaderreen

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, recently visited the Western Development Commission office in Ballaghaderreen to meet the team behind the organisation.

  At the meeting with Mr. Kenny a clear case for the need for continued progress in finding sustainable solutions for the Western Region’s growth was made. It was emphasised that an enlightened, innovative approach to developing the region’s economy in the coming years was also important in the national interest.

  In addition recent developments, areas such as policy, access to finance, renewable energy, the creative economy, tourism and life sciences were discussed.

  Earlier in the day the Commission’s Chairperson and CEO had a two-hour meeting with one of the Taoiseach’s special advisors, Mr. Andrew McDowell, during which ambitious plans for an enhanced role for the WDC were discussed.

  Chairperson Paddy McGuinness said: “The WDC very much appreciates An Taoiseach making himself available to meet with the staff and discuss the challenge facing us all to accelerate the region’s growth in the coming years”.

  CEO Ian Brannigan stated: “The WDC staff were delighted to meet with the Taoiseach and outline to him the contribution made by the commission in supporting over 2,200 jobs in the region in recent times”.

  Furthermore he stated: “We believe we reinforced the case of having a strong Western Region fully contribute to the national growth story. Critically the WDC’s expertise, insight and investment in regional enterprise growth, best works when it is led by the region directly.”

  A presentation was made to the Taoiseach of a cycling shirt signifying the ‘Yeats2015’ WDC supported 150th commemoration of the birth of the iconic poet WB Yeats.

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