Monday, November 13, 2006

Blog Training Course

A 1 day Training Course on Blogging will take place on Tuesday 12th December. - Booked Out - If you wish to express interest for this course - please click here.

This 1 day training course will cover the following topics:-

• Straightforward introduction to the features of WordPress
• Building a blog with the WordPress system.
• Introduction to the main aspects of a blog - users, communities, posts, comments, news feeds - and learn how to manage them using WordPress.
• Managing all types of content, be it text or images,
• Managing posts and comments; working with Image galleries, calendars,
• Themes to control the page layout; linking to the outside world - Feeds, Syndication

The course will presented by Mr. Brian Greene of Doop Design.

Back in 2003 Brian was awarded 'Best Web Designer' in the IIA Netvisionary Awards and this year won in the new 'Podcasting' category.

Brian currently runs a number of successful blogs and presented at the Innovation Evening - “Blogging for Business” at LCEB.


Time: 9.30am

Venue: CTC Training Centre - Carrick-on-Shannon

€25 [Refreshments will be served]


Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Grow your business through innovation

Grow your business through innovation

2-day workshop

Day 1: 9th November 2006 – The Bush Hotel. Carrick-on-Shannon – 9.30am – 4.30pm

Day 2: 17th November 2006 – The Slieve Russell, Ballyconnell – 9.30am – 4.30pm

[Day 2 – will include a networking event where you will also have the opportunity to meet participating businesses from Omagh to discuss potential joint ventures]

Workshop Total Cost: €65 [includes lunch on both days].


For further information on workshop content & bookings please contact Geraldine Mc Menamin at 071 96 20450 | Email:

Who should attend?

Individuals both senior and junior who want to familiarise themselves with best practises in Innovation Management. The aim of this workshop is to provide companies with the skill tools necessary to generate & develop new or existing products or services for future strategic growth.

Cross Border Business Opportunities

During the workshop, there will be an opportunity to discuss cross-border business opportunities. Also, there will be a networking event on the second day where you will also have the opportunity to meet participating businesses from Omagh to discuss potential joint ventures.

Course Objectives/Goals

Participants who attend this workshop will acquire the following knowledge:

• Gain the necessary skill tools required to manage innovation.

• Have the ability to apply innovative thinking to your products/service offering. This will in turn give you the knowledge & confidence to generate new products and services for future growth.

• Idea generation, the best methods to develop ideas, idea evaluation and selecting winners (best practice). I.e. minimise your risk.

• Technology acquisition & Intellectual Property Management, i.e. how to protect your ideas (manage, sell or buy options, the reality)

• Branding or selling your product or service ideas (what are the options)

The Irish Government operates a website,, which enables people to see what broadband providers are in their area. It lists most of the active providers in the country and is an excellent first stop for finding out about what broadband service sare available to you.

To visit the site, please go to

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Cultivate is a sustainable living and learning centre dedicated to inspiring healthy, balanced and creative cultural change.

Cultivate is a sustainable living and learning centre dedicated to inspiring healthy, balanced and creative cultural change. We emphasise an integral approach focused on improvements we can make in our own lives, in our communities and in the world. Cultivate is the home of the Sustainable Ireland Co-operative.

We see Cultivate as a hub for a community of people and activities. By providing the tools and facilities that support people’s efforts to become more sustainable Cultivate aims to put the heart back in the city and become an engine of local economy, community building and cultural renewal.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Blogging’s the business by TOM RAFFERTY

I read this article in Smart Company Magazine ( It was written by Tom Rafferty (Winner of The Best Technical Blog 2006 in the Irish Blog Awards).

Bloglines - Keep up to date with your favourite blogs.

Create a personal Bloglines page loaded with the freshest news about the things you love.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Website Development Companies

David McEvoy
Dmac Media

Eamon McGrenaghan
WSI Rapid Web Solutions
07196 40766

Leon Quinn
Reverb Studios
071 96 25855

Paul Grealy
Create Interactive Ltd.
1890 202373

Allen McCarthy
Trojan IT Solutions

For a comprehensive list, please visit the Irish Internet Association Website

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Our Blog Event

Our blog event (on August 31st last) went very well with 7 client companies in attendance. Brian Greene from Doop Design gave a very informative presentation and some good discussion took place. Companies who attended were North West Marketing, Art Francais, Wedding Chair Covers, 3L Music, Country Cooking Company, MC & A and Living Architecture Centre.

This event was one of a series of Innovation Evenings which are run under the Innovate Programme.

Innovate is part-financed by the European Union through the Interreg IIIA Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the ICBAN Partnership.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Blog - Wikipedia's Definition

Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit) gives the following definition of a blog.

A weblog, which is usually shortened to blog, is a type of website where entries are made (such as in a journal or diary), displayed in a reverse chronological order.

Blogs often provide commentary or news and information on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media.

The word blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Friday, September 08, 2006

It was a good seminar

Yesterday, I attended the seminar which was posted on this blog. The seminar was part of the INTERREG IIIB Techlink project aimed at promoting a culture of innovation in the partner regions. A number of topics were covered and a summary PDF document is available. Presenations are also available on request. One topic I found very interesting was Business Angels. The Business Angel Partnership matches private investors with pre-screened investment opportunities in start-up, early stage and developing businesses. See the Business Angels website for more inofrmation. Linking academic research with the business community (something which is large part of Innovate) was high-lighted and the Expertise Ireland Initative.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

A One Day Seminar / Workshop on Supports for Innovation

A One Day Seminar / Workshop on Supports for Innovation

Radisson Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath | Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Keynote Address by Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, President of DCU

Other Guest Speakers will discuss "The Challenges of Technology Transfer"

"Supports for Your Business" & "Patenting - The Facts You Need To Know"

Thematic Workshops will examine the Halo Business Angel Partnership

7th Research Framework Programme (FP7)

Institutes of Technology - Supporting R & D in our SMEs.

For more details please contact:

Sharon O'Sullivan - 090 6625196/057 93 52996/7

Monday, August 21, 2006

Hot-desk Research Facility Now Available


• State-of-the-art computer with broadband connection
• Web-cam for video conferencing
• High Resolution Printer & Scanner
• CD and DVD Writer
• Voice-over-Internet calls.
International calls at 2cent per minute to anywhere in the world.
• Wireless (Wi-Fi) broadband connection
Access the Internet using your own laptop

For bookings or details on Innovate, please contact Johnny Beirne at
Leitrim County Enterprise Board on 071 9620450 or email


ADM: FREE for Enterprise Board Clients

Please visit for details and booking.

By using Blogging a company can get themselves noticed by developing a dialogue between their company and potential or existing clients. This can give the small enterprise an edge over their competitor while gaining good search engine rankings for a very small but honest input of dynamic content that may be lacking in a traditional website.

Speaker: Brian Greene -
Brian sees blogging as a tool to reclaim the web from the top brands and like the WWW in 1994 blogging is the great leveler of our times.


Our new blog

This is our first posting on our new blog. We will use this blog to share information on events and training, in addition to posting useful information and website links. Ideally, we would like to start some dialogue with you about our Innovate Programme.