Nice article in Drogheda Independent summarising current & past entrepreneurs at our Innovate Drogheda series of talks. No doubt that The Mill will be adding some names to the list in coming years!
The final talk took place on Tuesday November 25th and focused on the engineering industry of the town. Dan Mullan from the Millmount Museum spoke on Grendon’s Foundry and Stuart Carolan of Cisco Engineering Ltd on their story of building an engineering business in Drogheda. Grendon’s Foundry once employed 600 people at Drogheda Docks which produced diverse products including steam train engines, canal ships, and bridges (including the obelisk at Oldbridge).
Cisco Engineering is about to celebrate 40 years of business in Drogheda. During this time Cisco has satisfied the needs of local major industry, including Irish Cement, Premier Periclase, Indaver Ireland and to the wider area including New Boliden Tara Mines, TEGA Industries (India) and BW Volund (Denmark).
The range of activities of Cisco extends to the provision of stainless steel and aluminium, structural steel for new buildings, installation of plant for existing ones, alteration work to structures internally in factories, and Factory Maintenance for companies such as Tara Mines, Indaver and Irish Cement.
Cisco Engineering has been involved in many projects in the Louth area, including the Boyne Cable Bridge, Laurence Shopping Centre, and construction of the M1 Motorway.
On November 13th, Dr Conor MacCormack of Mcor Technologies visited The Mill Drogheda Enterprise Centre to talk about the company and the future of 3D printing. Frank Gallagher, the Drogheda Historian, joined Dr. MacCormack at the event to talk about Drogheda’s rich past in relation to the printing sector. Drogheda has a strong tradition of printing over the past two centuries, and still includes a number of the largest printing firms in Ireland.
Mcor Technologies, the locally-based 3D Printer company, lead a fascinating talk at ‘Innovate Drogheda: Printing’ on the opportunities available in 3D printing and how it is applied in a number of sectors including Engineering, Medical Devices, Aerospace, Construction, and Design.
Local historian, Frank Gallagher, spoke on how the printing industry was the original source of the ‘knowledge-based economy’ as it gave ordinary citizens the opportunity to educate themselves. This line of thought is easily extended to the current focus on new use of technology (including 3D), and how it is critical that Irish people, young and old, are ‘literate’ in the use of technology in order to develop a prospering economy. Drogheda has a proud tradition of printing, going back to the late 17th century, and the emergence of Mcor Technologies as one of the leading global 3D printer companies reflects the renewed focus on expanding the knowledge-based economy in the region.
On 16th of October, Andrew Workman of Dunany Flour spoke on the development of the company and the types of grain he grows on the farm, while Liam Reilly from the Drogheda Millmount Museum highlighted the “McCann’s Irish Oatmeal” establishment history at Beamond.
The first event, which focused on the Brewing/Distilling industry, took place on 2nd of October. The evening started with a short talk given by Brendan Matthews, a local historian, who paid particular attention to the history of the Cairnes Brewery.
Geoff Fitzpatrick, the founder of the “Jack Cody Brewery” in Drogheda, presented his new business which opened in August 2014 in the Boyne Business Park in Greenhills. The guests were able to taste locally brewed beer and purchase the new product from the newly-established entrepreneurs.
What is ‘Innovate Drogheda’?
A series of 4 events celebrating Drogheda’s Industrial & Entrepreneurial past with its present and future entrepreneurs. The events will cover the Brewing/Distilling, Engineering, Food and Printing sectors.
The Mill Enterprise Hub is partnering with Drogheda Millmount Museum to deliver the seminars.
Why ‘Innovate Drogheda’?
Drogheda has been producing entrepreneurs for hundreds of years, is still doing so and The Mill was opened in 2014 to encourage and support new and existing businesses in the Drogheda region.
One hour meeting on Thursday evenings, 8 to 9pm.
Two Guest Speakers.
- Local historian to outline past economic conditions in Drogheda and focus on one specific industrialist/entrepreneur – will be topical/quirky: 15 to 20 minutes
- Local entrepreneur to talk about current success/obstacles overcome in similar sector: 20 minutes
- Q&A: 20 minutes
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