Case Studies


Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium

Mara Beo Teo in Daingean Uí Chúis is one of the largest aquariums in Ireland. It has a shark tank, a surge tank with anemones and shell fish, a cylindrical tank with tropical fish, an Amazonian tank with catfish, poisonous frogs and deadly piranha; a touch pool where you can stroke the starfish and ray, and an ocean tunnel where fish swim all around you and overhead.

Community-driven tourism in Dún Lúiche, Co Donegal

The small village of Dún Lúiche, Co Donegal at the foot of Mt Errigal and situated between two lakes, is in an exceptionally picturesque location. Until recently however it was treated as a through-road. Visitors might look at the view but never stopped over. In 1988 locals formed a co-operative and set about making their village more visitor friendly.

Food Processing

Processing shell fish waste in Daingean Uí Chúis, Co Kerry

Iasc de Brún was established in 1985 as a fish processing company specializing in smoked salmon and crab. In the new millennium the company faced a new challenge: under EU and national environmental legislation waste matter from fish processing could no longer be disposed of at sea or in a landfill site.

Fish Processing in Dún na nGall

Earagail Éisc Teo is a fish processing company which prepares mackerel, herring, and whelk for the world markets and is a European leader in processing crab. It sells to European countries, Korea and Japan and has a committed customer base of over forty food companies in 26 countries. Since it was established in 1972, the company has had an on-going relation with Údarás.

Audio-Visual Digital Media

Nemeton TV production company goes global

Nemeton was founded in 1993 to produce television programmes for the rapidly expanding Irish language market. Former journalist, Irial Mac Murchú started Nemeton as a one-man operation. Today it employs the equivalent of fifty full-time staff, including freelancers. It specialises in sports programmes and provides TG4 with all its sports coverage.


Metal-pressed parts from Gaoth Dobhair-based company

Brothers Declan and Brendan Ward both have 20 years experience as senior engineers with Kirchhoff Automotive. In 2005 they decided to set up their own business making metal-pressed parts for the construction and automotive industries. After carrying out an Údarás sponsored feasibility study, they began operations in 2006 in a factory in the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.