Apple has planned to invest 1,7 billions $ in the construction of the two first datacentres in Europe, one in Galway and one in Jutland (Denmark). This datacentre in Galway will welcome iTunes, Appstore, iMessage, Plans and Siri’s offices for European customers.
Both centres should be sized of 166.000 m2 and would normally open in 2017. Tim Cook said about this new project: “This huge investment represents the biggest project that Apple ever undertook in Europe and we’re very proud of creating many jobs in these places”.
The centre is going to be eco-friendly and the energy that will be used is going to be 100% renewable. The American firm has already created 672.000 non-directs jobs in Europe (App Developer).
NUI (National University of Ireland) just began the creation of the new Human Biology Building in the Galway campus. This new building is part of a €30 million investment project and will welcome the existing university disciplines of Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
The size of this new area is planned to be 8.200 m2 on a five storey building equipped with a rooftop.
Also this construction will create 200 new jobs in Galway and of course the university needs workforce to create this new building and to equip it.
For more information about this new project check this article.
Between February 8th and 14th Engineers week will take place in Galway to raise awareness of the possibilities that engineering can offer and highlight the importance that the sector has in Galway.
The last edition hosted 164 organizations across Ireland in 500 events, which attracted nearly 36,000 participants. The dedication of 2,200 volunteer engineers ensured a successful week. It's the perfect opportunity to show the positive impact of engineering on society, and to the school community, last year 294 school visits were recorded.
For the most restless, one of the highlights this year is an introductory workshop to editing Wikipedia content provided by Wikimedia Ireland Community (free but pre-booking is required).
See all the details on the official website of Engineers Week.
The Irish Rail Company is envisaging creating a long-term plan to run directly from Galway to Dublin. Furthermore the company wants to create the same plan for other major Irish cities like Cork and Limerick.
To create this connection, Irish Rail is thinking about creating an extension to the Dart Underground – Transportation system in Dublin. The project is estimated to cost €200 million and the permission has been already given. The €2 billion Dart underground plan linking Connolly and Heuston station in Dublin to the major cities has long been planned by transport strategists to prepare the future of Ireland and Dublin’s rail services.
The CEO of Irish Rails said: “As you move, as you see in other countries, to the electrification of intercity routes, you could then have direct routes from Galway, Cork and other major cities through the underground line to Dublin Airport”
As you know Galway is one of the Irish cities that have created a bid and that is competing for the 2020 European Capital of Culture selection. In part of this challenge, one of the biggest projects will be to create a new concert hall and also to create a bigger community of spectators in Galway.
If Galway city council decided to add a major project to the new bid, it’s because they didn’t succeed last time because of a lack of infrastructure.
To finance this building, the city is expecting funds from the EU and also the mayor has already decided to unlock a €500,000 fund.
The final plan should contribute to the long-term cultural, economic and social development of the city.
Music for Galway was established in 1981 when a group of people came together with the aim of providing audiences in the West of Ireland with a range of opportunities to listen to world class musicians. Since then the organisation has presented hundreds of inspiring and stimulating performances in Galway.
Music for Galway’s Midwinter Festival returns to the Town Hall Theatre in January to celebrate classical music with a three day midwinter festival and will be held on January 16 – 18.
This year, the festival focusses on two composers who towered over their respective centuries, Joseph Haydn and Dmitri Shostakovich, and who both worked with powerful patrons, the Esterházy family and Joseph Stalin respectively.
Find more information on the official website of the festival.
Galway has become the first Irish UNESCO city of film and one of only five in the world to hold the title.
Sixty-three cities worldwide had been shortlisted for the designation, which has been described as a “highly significant international recognition of Galway’s creative achievements and potential in the world of film”. That means that Galway will now be able to take part in Unesco’s Creative Cities Network and it’s also a great news for the reputation of the city.
Note that more than 600 people work in the film and television industry in Galway, and this sector is valued at €72 million. A great reward for this sector in Galway!
Next Step for Galway? Campaign to become European Capital of Culture in 2020!
An Australian company called Phenix which is dedicated to jewellery Insurance claims will create 30 new jobs in the wonderful city of Galway.
Phenix is the only Tier 1 specialist Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Company in Australia, specifically established to service the needs of the insurance industry and their claimants.
A lot of decisions were possible for the new European Headquarter, but Ireland and Galway were chosen due to the available workforce and its access to the wider European Market. Leanne Kemps, Director of International and Strategy of Phenix, said “We considered a number of countries, Canada being one, to base our International HQ from. Ireland, not only presented itself with a depth of workforce talent, gateway access to Europe, but importantly has an extremely high standard of jewellery being hallmarked and produced local”
Positions in the company will be high-skilled jobs and will concern departments such as the Finance and Administration sectors.
Interested in finding a job in Finance or Administration, take a look to the city of Galway?
PFH to create 25 new jobs in the city
PFH, an Irish company which is dedicated to information and communications technology services, has announced this week during the official opening of the company’s new offices in Galway that they will create 25 new jobs in the city.
Thanks to its 200 employees, PFH provides services also internationally and can be proud to have 7 government departments as a client. That’s why the company need to expand both its workforce and its office space. The new jobs will include skilled positions such as sales and marketing, cloud services, and technical/consultancy roles.
“The 25 new jobs at PFH further strengthen the company’s operations in Galway and is a demonstration of its commitment to the west (of Ireland). The jobs are another example of our vibrant tech sector and it’s a great boost for the region,” said Paul Hourican, CEO of PFH Group.
Galway could be the perfect city for you to find a job!
From November 21st to December 22nd the annual Galway Christmas Market will take place. Christmas is coming, and its atmosphere too!
The Galway Continental Christmas Market received over 400,000 visitors last year and there were more than 50 wooden chalets. But this year, we expect the market to be bigger and even better with the addition of live performances and entertainment from Galway's top bands and DJs.
As previously, there will also be a range of retail activity including; hot food, snack and beverage, gift items and artisan food and craft offerings.
The market will be open 7 days a week with the following opening hours:
- Monday – Wednesday: 12 noon – 8 pm
- Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 10pm
Don’t hesitate to visit its website, and more than that, to go to this Market!