• Neueda Technologies has announced that it is to create 200 software development jobs in Athlone.

    The IT Training, development and consulting services company is headquartered in Belfast, and  is  establishing a Software Engineering Hub in Athlone where it will employ 200 staff over the next four years.

    Minister Denis Naughten says the  announcement is a major boost to Athlone which is fast becoming the Silicon Heartlands with the town set to have a bigger percentage of the workforce employed in software development than any town or city in Ireland or the UK.

    Athlone is set to have 15% of its workforce in the software sector which puts is well ahead of Dublin and its Silicon Docks.”

    Minister Naughten added: “”With towns such as Roscommon having an abundance of ready to move into office space, and with a new incubation hub about to become operational in Ballinasloe, other towns in the region are set to benefit from this major growth in the tech sector in Ireland’s Heartlands.

    He says the objective of creating a hub in Athlone and using that to bring more investment into the surrounding towns of Tullamore, Mullingar, Longford, Roscommon and Ballinasloe is clearly set out in the Government’s Project Ireland 2040.”

    Neueda Technologies will undertake software development services for global telecommunications and financial services clients.

    More than 70 members of staff have been hired already with that number expected to grow to over 80 by the end of the year. The new roles are almost exclusively for technology specialists including experienced software developers, cloud engineers and agile practitioners.

  • A 34 year old Roscommon man drowned in Athlone on Sunday night last.

    He has been named as Trevor Brennan from Knockskehan, Lecarrow. He had been socializing with friends when he slipped and fell into the Shannon at Quay Wall at about 11.20pm on Sunday night.

    His remains will be reposing at his home this evening from 4pm until 8pm.

    Removal takes place tomorrow morning to St John's Church, Lecarrow  for funeral Mass at 11am.

    He will be laid to rest in the local cemetery.

  • Casey’s Londis  Ballina has been named as the Off-Licence Store of the Year at the annual Londis Retailing Awards.

    The awards were presented at the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone. 

    The Londis Retailing Awards have been running for over 20 years and recognise stores that excel across all areas of store performance.

    Casey’s Londis Ballina secured the national title of Retailing Excellence Award and Off-Licence Store of the Year. While Casey’s Londis Castlebar won: Retailing Excellence Award, Hiney’s Londis Crossmolina won the Retailing Excellence Award and Cunningham’s Londis  Ballyhaunis took the Retailing Standard Award

    Award recipients are selected after demonstrating industry excellence following a year of specialised audits conducted by retail specialists, SMA. The stores were independently examined across a range of criteria.