It was hugely encouraging to see so many of our farming community at the Dingle Food Festival Farmer’s Forum last weekend. Speakers from Gas Networks Ireland, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the Marine and Renewable Energy Institute, Manna Organic Store and Teagasc led an informative and lively debate around the potential for bioenergy to provide new income streams for farmers and also around the cost savings to be gained from energy efficiencies.
Good news on the night also – we had funding confirmed for a feasibility study for a community led anaerobic digester plant on the peninsula. The funding is from Údarás na Gaeltachta under the LECo project www.leco.interreg-npa.eu. This study will help us to better understand how bioenergy may form part the solution to achieve energy independence for the Dingle Peninsula. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to know more about this project.
We also had a great turn-out for the first Coder Dojo session in the hub last Friday and it’s wonderful to see so much enthusiasm for coding here. The large numbers meant we didn’t have quite as much equipment as we would like to so if anyone has their own devices they are welcome to bring them along to future sessions. We are very grateful for sponsorship from TechSpace, Standard Access and Fexco which means we can now add cool projects like programming drones using Scratch and a new Raspberry Pi strand. All classes are free and our mentors donate their time, expertise and services for free. All funds go to equipment purchase only and donations are most welcome. Also, Kerry coders will come together at a MegaDojo event in IT Tralee on Saturday, 13th October. Check it out and book your place on http://megadojo.ie/tralee/
The Grow Remote Network is certainly taking on a life of its own and we’re delighted to have met the talented group driving this initiative at the first conference in Tralee last week. I would recommend following them on twitter @GrowRemoteIrl and facebook as they build the connections between companies with remote working opportunities on offer and those who want to live and work in beautiful regions like ours.