Connecting Rural Communities
The Cork Foundation, who connect with the Cork network globally, to support Cork people locally are delighted to become a strategic partner with Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen. This exciting new venture, who opened their doors in August of 2016, is located in the South West of Ireland. The Ludgate Hub utilises the digital age for job creation and innovation. Ludgate aims to facilitate up to 75 people in a creative co-working environment with a long-term objective of creating 500 jobs for this rural area in Cork. The idea is to harness all the talent that West Cork and our international diaspora has to offer.
It is a glowing example of the type of innovation occurring in rural communities. Similarly, to Cork Foundation Ludgate are focused on engaging with the Irish Diaspora and in facilitating job growth in West Cork. They aim to do this using digital technology. We are all aware that due to the advancement in technology, the world we live in has gotten smaller. The Ludgate Hub aims to bring jobs back to West Cork and connectivity appears to be the key to this initiative. Ludgate hopes to be a blueprint for other rural towns. Their vision is to make rural areas in Cork a hotspot for technology start-ups.
Cork Foundation are excited to work together with Ludgate Hub to help foster the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in West Cork. By partnering with Ludgate, this reinforces Cork Foundations focus on creating jobs, empowering the community and giving back to Cork.
Chairperson of Cork Foundation Aine Collins stated at the announcement: “This is a very exciting initiative for Cork Foundation, and we are calling on Cork people around the world to support this unique and inspiring project”
Adrienne Harrington, CEO of the Ludgate Hub stated ‘We at Ludgate are delighted to partner with the Cork Foundation, an organisation that shares many of the same values. This new relationship will allow Cork people, living both in Ireland and abroad to support the work that we are doing at Ludgate in a very real way.’
CEO of Cork Foundation, Padraic Vallely stated. “This is a prime example of the projects that Cork Foundation support, a community which is creating jobs, but also giving back to the community. We look forward to engaging and exploring all these possibilities with Ludgate.”