Mackin Consultancy European Headquarters Official Opening

Andrew Mackin, Managing Director and founder of Mackin Consultancy, at the official opening of its European Headquarters, City North Business Park, Dublin Hill, Cork. Experts in health and safety, environmental and quality management, the headquarters will see the firm expand its services to offer world-class training facilities for their health and safety courses. The offices, which include several training rooms, a state-of-the-art boardroom, and warehousing facilities to train clients in health and safety was officially opened by the deputy lord mayor of cork, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh. Mackin plans to develop 15 to 20 new international and national positions in the next 18 months. Some 25% of these appointments will be in Ireland.

Rubicon Centre Celebrates Female Entrepreneurship

Increase in Female led Businesses Evident in Programme Growth

The Rubicon Centre, Ireland's leading business incubation hub celebrated female entrepreneurship with a special event for female alumni of their prestigious Exxcel, New Frontiers and PINC programmes.

 The Rubicon Centre which is celebrating its tenth year of driving entrepreneurship is more focused than ever about the promotion of female entrepreneurship with unique programmes geared specifically to women across all sectors. The event  was attended by more than 50 female entrepreneurs.

Since 2006, the Rubicon has supported many female entrepreneurs. The Exxcel programme which is currently enrolling new participants is pitched specifically to women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) sectors who want the opportunity to develop, launch and scale their business idea.  The part-time programme provides participants with the opportunity to explore their idea while remaining in the workforce prior to launch or at early stage start up. 

Speaking at the event, Rita Ahern, Exxcel Programme Manager said, "We are delighted to host such a positive and inspirational event which celebrates the power and ingenuity of female entrepreneurs. The Rubicon Centre has been a leading light for female entrepreneurship for many years and the continued growth of our female centred programmes is testament to the strong demand for such programmes.” The Exxcel programme which is supported by Enterprise Ireland is the only of its kind outside of Dublin so participation is not restricted to Cork or indeed Munster.

Those interested in finding out more about the Exxcel programme should log on to or phone 021 4928900.

Cork City goes back to the 80's /90’s with New Decades Festival, with a record number of city centre outlets involved

The Decades Festival moved their annual event from August to the later time this year to Friday the 30th of September and Saturday the 1st of October. The change of date for the festival was based on feedback from participating outlets, sponsors and consumer. These new dates ensured a greater audience for participating outlets with the summer holidays over, the colleges back and people back into a regular routine after the summer.

The Decades Festival encouraged people back into town to sample the unique atmosphere of Cork City, whilst each participating outlet celebrated the music and style of the popular 80's and 90’s.There were a record number of outlets involved, including Reardens, Soho Bar and Restaurant, Brick Lane, Sober Lane, Crane Lane, Voodoo, Tip Top, Deep South, The Flying Enterprise, Goldberg’s, as well as the Cork Opera House.

The festival was supported by the Cork Vintners Federation of Ireland, and the bar staff in the participating outlets were dressed in their finest 80’s and 90’s outfits.

Each participating outlet chose their year from the 80’s / 90’s and transformed their outlets into the year they chose. The festival raised money for the Irish Guide Dogs this year. The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is Ireland's national charity dedicated to helping persons who are blind or vision impaired and families of children with autism to achieve improved mobility and independence. The charity receives over 80% of their income through voluntary donations and fundraising through a network of volunteers across the country. 

The Festival sponsors, Heineken Ireland, supported the festival in house with their brands. Speaking at the launch of the festival in the Heineken Kiln, Jonathan Barry Regional Manager for Heineken said, ‘‘we are delighted to sponsor the Decades festival this year as it is important to have a festival that can attract visitors and Irish consumers into the city centre. We believe this festival will continue to grow with our brands”.

Sean McCarthy, (General Manager & Co owner of SoHo Bar and Restaurant), Chairman of the Decades Festival said, "I would like to thank our organizing committee for all their hard work in pulling together this major festival .To all the participating outlets, it is great to see so many outlets involved this year as it is important to promote the city centre collectively and our licensed premises as good entertainment for all customers.

Finally; he thanked Heineken Ireland for their continued sponsorship as without them the event could not have grown to the extent that it has. I would also like to thank the VFI for their support this year whilst he also thanked our media partners, the Evening Echo and Red FM for their continuous support.”

New Frontiers Entrepreneur Development Programme is a three-phase programme that is designed to provide an integrated and comprehensive set of business development supports to participants.

New Frontiers is Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme, designed to help people, who have an innovative business idea, to establish and run their own companies. It provides a package of supports to help accelerate your business development and to equip participants with the skills and contacts required to be future business leaders. New Frontiers aims to support the creation of 100 high value, knowledge based, Irish owned businesses, with high growth and employment potential each year.


Revolutionary Bioprinter Recognised as Best Business Opportunity

The Rubicon Centre, Ireland's leading business innovation hub today celebrated the graduation of nine entrepreneurs from its second Exxcel programme for females in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) sectors at CIT’s Rubicon Centre.

The programme, which is one of the first of its kind in Ireland provides a platform for females with STEM based business ideas to complete their pre-launch preparation by using the talent and resources of the Rubicon Centre. The Rubicon and Enterprise Ireland, in partnership, are targeting this sector to increase activity in female STEM entrepreneurship for the future.

Led by programme manager Liam Fitzgerald, Exxcel is a six month part time programme which allows participants the opportunity to validate their business ideas while remaining in the workforce prior to launch. Graduates are targeting emerging markets in the Education, Food, ICT and Healthcare sectors with the companies based throughout the Munster region. Three entrepreneurs have already secured initial funding with the help of Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office’s in their areas.  A number of participants have also secured sales and are working on developing new opportunities and looking forward to growing their businesses.

Among the fledgling entrepreneurs launching their business was Jemma Redmond, Ourobiotics who was awarded Best Business Opportunity at the event. Redmond who has a background in applied physics and nano-bioscience has developed a 10-material bioprinter capable of printing items for use in medicine, including 3d body parts. Her revolutionary bioprinter which she began building on her kitchen table has the ability to revolutionise the future of medicine and save lives by cutting waiting lists for transplants. Redmond has already made her mark in the industry by being recognised as one of the most influential women in STEM in Ireland.

Speaking at the graduation, Jemma Redmond, said "Being recognised with this award is a huge boost in confidence for me as I look to forge ahead with Ourobiotics. The programme has helped me enormously. Setting up and launching a new business is a stressful time but with the support of the Rubicon centre and the other participants it has been a really enjoyable challenge. I cannot speak highly enough of the mentorship all nine of us have received from the Rubicon team and I look forward to their continued support."

Speaking at the graduation, Programme Manager Liam Fitzgerald said “The calibre and commitment of our nine entrepreneurs has been exceptional. These women have the ability to not only inspire more women to enter the STEM sectors but also inspire other would-be entrepreneurs to pursue their business ideas. The STEM sector employs almost 120,000 in Ireland with females accounting for just 25% of these, with this in mind, the Rubicon Centre will continue to provide new opportunities through Exxcel and New Frontiers Programmes to balance these numbers."




2,500 people participate in the inaugural “Darkness into Light” walk in aid of Pieta House in Carrigaline on the 7th of May.

The inaugural Darkness into Light event in Carrigaline exceeded all expectation with 2,500 people participating in Carrigaline on the 7th of May in aid of Pieta house. The participants were joined by Munster and Irish rugby star Peter O Mahony.

The organizing Committee chaired by Colman Garvey was delighted with the turnout and was overwhelmed by the support of the community not only in the participants but the huge team of volunteers that worked tirelessly up to the 7th of May to ensure the event was a huge success.

In particular Colman paid tribute to the support of David Collins of Barry Collins Supervalu who was instrumental to the success of the day but also in the weeks leading up to the event. To feed and drink 2,500 people at 5.30 in the morning was a tribute to the Supervalu team in Carrigaline and without their support the event would not have been such as successful as it was.

The atmosphere on the day was added to with the music supplied by Dj Steven Healy and the beautiful 5k walk was lined with beautiful lights and lanterns adding to the special occasion. Padraig Barrett ensured the route was well laid out with a team of marshals ensuring that everything ran smoothly on the day.

Finally Colman Garvey said “all the money raised on the day went to Pieta House who without local support could not support people particularly young people in suicidal distress and who could self harm. I am delighted to announce that we will be running this walk again next year and would like to thank all the volunteers , participants and sponsors who made this all possible for such a worthy cause “.

Darkness into Light is the flagship fundraising and awareness event for Pieta House, and without local support, they could not have helped so many people in suicidal distress and engaging in self-harm over the last nine years. Pieta House has nearly 180 staff and they have welcomed in excess of 22,000 people struggling in the shadows in their nine centres up and down the country since they first opened their doors a decade ago.