March 2015 Business Briefing

Boston Scientific Limited, Cork Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Rd. is the location of our March 2015 business briefing and it takes place on Monday March 30th starting at 6.30pm

We are delighted to have:                                                                                   Cathal Reilly, Director of Engineering, address the group on Automation & Technology in the Medical Device Sector

Cathal joined Boston Scientific Cork in 1998 and is currently the Director of Engineering. He has held a number of key manufacturing and technical positions, most notably the Director of Manufacturing role for 6 years where his organisation had 1,300 employees at its peak. Cathal’s role involves the continued improvement in manufacturing technologies and practices, including the introduction of new products, to better serve the key customers and stakeholders of the Cork facility.

Prior to joining Boston Scientific, Cathal worked for 4 years with Tyco Sensormatic in Cork. Cathal hold an Engineering Degree from the University of Limerick and is an MBA graduate from University College Cork.

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices whose products are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties. Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Massachusetts, USA, Boston Scientific is a public company listed on the NYSE (BSX).

It employs 23,000 people and is a global leader in the development of less-invasive medical devices. Boston Scientific is committed to continued investment in Research, Development and Innovation, investing $817m in 2014

First established in Ireland in 1994, Boston Scientific has grown to be the largest medical device employer in Ireland. Through its 3 Irish sites – located in Clonmel, Cork, and Galway – the company employs approx. 4,000 people and exports approx. 9 million medical devices worldwide annually, including stents, balloons, platinum coils, catheters, inflation devices,  pacemakers and ICDs. The Irish manufacturing operation is an integral part of the corporations manufacturing strategy and capability.

The Cork site was established in 1998 as part of the company’s manufacturing expansion plans, the site produces a diversified portfolio of products that serve several divisions of the corporation.  The site combines leading edge manufacturing technologies with the capability to quickly commercialise new products for its division customers. Major businesses supported include products manufactured for Peripheral Intervention, Endoscopy, and Interventional Cardiology.

Boston Scientific’s manufacturing philosophy is built around the core tenets of Quality, Empowerment, Teamwork and incorporates the principles of Lean and Six Sigma. There will be a brief plant tour as part of the business briefing.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

The CEIA would like to thank Cathal for taking the time to talk with us. We would also like to thank Sean Gayer, Tom Mangan and the team at BSL who generously agreed to host this event.

Please register by Email to  if you wish to attend.


November 2014 CEIA’s 30th AGM

The CEIA’s  30th Annual General Meeting took place at Maryborough House Hotel on Thursday Nov 20 

The Guest Speaker for the evening was:


Dr Kieran Drain, CEO Tyndall National Institute, Cork

Dr. Drain joined Tyndall in January 2013 from his role as Vice President and General Manager of the Lighting and Display Technology Division of Rambus Inc, Ohio. A proven leader and technology sector executive, Dr. Drain has delivered significant successes in major US and international business roles. He has over thirty year’s industrial experience in technology and business management in diverse industrial segments including solid state lighting, photovoltaics, nanomaterials, rechargeable batteries, LCD displays, electronic interconnect, automotive and composites.

Prior to Rambus Dr. Drain served as President & CEO of venture funded NanoGram Corporation, a developer of nanomaterials process technology enabling the manufacture of unique nanostructured materials for optical, electronic and energy applications. Prior to this he was Vice President and General Manager for the Global Performance Polymers Division of Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE.AVY).

Dr. Drain has also managed Ciba Specialty Chemical’s business in photopolymers and electronics in North America, where he led a strong business turnaround. While at Ciba, Dr. Drain managed polymer division corporate technology developments for almost a decade in both the USA and Europe.

Earlier in his career Dr. Drain led electronics product development for Loctite Corporation in the US, and began his career with Loctite Ireland as a Research Chemist.

Dr. Drain holds a PhD in Industrial Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and holds an MBA (Finance and Accounting) from Regis University, Colorado. He has served as a prior board member of the Adhesive and Sealant Council, US.

Commenting on his appointment, Tyndall Chairman Dr Alastair Glass said, “We are delighted to have someone of Kieran’s stature to lead Tyndall in its next phase. Kieran has extensive international experience in the management of research and development at a senior level in industry, and in the commercialisation and introduction of new technologies to market over the past thirty years.” He added, Kieran has held senior positions in both small-scale and large blue chip organisations and has an excellent track record in aligning R&D capabilities to industry needs.

His experience will be vital in Tyndall’s future development, and in helping to maximise economic value for Ireland”.

His presentation title is:

“Supporting Industry growth through ICT research, The Tyndall approach”

A sincere word of thanks to Kieran for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to be with us on Nov 20th


October 2014 CEIA Celebrates 30 Yrs

Oct 22nd 2014, Hayfield Manor, Cork

“What’s notable about the CEIA is that it is not simply an  Industry association or lobby group – it is rather a convergent working group of industry managers”

A gathering was held on 22 Oct 2014, in Hayfield Manor Hotel, to celebrate the association’s achievements of past thirty years. The guest speaker on the night was

Jeff Waters, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Altera Corporation.

Dignitary’s such as the Cork’s Deputy Lord Mayor, Ken O’Flynn Fianna Fáil Leader and Spokesperson on Northern Ireland, Micheál Martin TD., and nine past Chairmen were a part of the celebrations. The foundation of the organisation was a turning point for the companies and CEOs involved in the industry 30 years ago and continues to develop the industry in the region today.

Ernest Keeffe, GM of MOOG, and Chairperson of the CEIA outlined the plans for the 30th anniversary  celebrations in the  organisation, “As this is an exciting milestone year for us we have a Celebration Dinner, among the honour role will be past chairmen and officials who established the  association.” He also outlined the plans tor publication of a celebration brochure, “Tonight we proudly launch our 30 yr Celebration Brochure, which shares the history of the organisation and its current activities, with half page profile on each member organisation. Our Monthly Business briefings continue throughout the year and focus on association members, showcasing the significant range of Technical & Shared Services skill base in the ICT sector in Cork.”

lCT Industry Success

The success of the electronics and information technology industries in Cork is largely attributable to the committed performance of its most vital asset – its people.  A young, flexible, well-educated, English-speaking work force is readily available and a close working relationship between industry, third-level Colleges and the Cork Training Centre ensures that this workforce is prepared in areas of technology geared to the present and future needs of these industries.

Ernest spoke about the impact of the CEIA over its 30 year history and the innovations it has made throughout the Cork region. Outlining the biggest contribution the CEIA has made to the ICT industry in Ireland, he spoke about the co-operation and common goals of the members who   are involved in the organization.   “What  is  notable about the CEIA is that it is not simply an industry association or lobby group – rather it is a convergent working group of industry managers, public sector officials and   academic institutions working towards shared interests who actively partake and give of their time for the betterment of industry as a whole.”

The CEIA is a member-driven non-profit association which represents the interests of ICT companies in the Cork region working in accord with the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Enterprise Ireland, the CETB (formerly FAS) the Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork, the Tyndall Institute and the National Software Centre to ensure a sophisticated technological infrastructure is in place to enable the industry to grow and prosper.

Business Briefings, the Annual Conference and various initiatives provide on-going learning and transfer of knowledge for both IT professionals and engineers but also students with an interest in working in ICT, Science and Engineering.

The CEIA continues to grow its membership and its collaboration with key regional and national agencies such as the world renowned Tyndall Institute.

Strong Legacy

Despite having a successful 30 years behind it, there are challenges that present themselves to the CEIA. Some of the biggest challenges the CEIA have overcome in the industry include the constant development and innovation of the ICT sector. The characteristics of  the ICT Sector continues to evolve, merging technologies blurs the lines  between industrial sectors e.g. Medtech and Electronics which we see as an opportunity  rather than a challenge The association will be required to embrace these  changes and develop its appeal to new sectors, .. said Ernest.

The 30th anniversary is the biggest milestone reached by the CEIA and marks the long-term commitment and longevity of the ICT sector in Cork

Ernest spoke about how he hopes to see the CEIA and seek to extend its focus and hence growth into new technology and manufacturing sectors while retaining and strengthening the level of commitment we already demonstrate within the industry.

” The industry has had a long and impressive legacy and hopes to go on a further  30 years and continue on its success in the ICT industry in Ireland.


July 03rd 2014 – CEIA Golf Outing, Fota GC

Our golf event this year is at: Fota Island Golf Club on Thursday July 03rd 2014,playing the original 18 hole Deerpark championship course. As it is less than two weeks after this year’s Irish Open and the course will be in pristine condition.

To keep it fun, the competiton is a 3 person team event, 3 Ball, Better Ball, Stableford.

Tee Times are: 2:00pm to 4:00pm – Dinner & Prize Giving afterward at 8.15pm

ENTRY FEE (including 4 course dinner & wine): €110 per PLAYER, (Dinner only €53)

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We would like to thank our sponsors this year, without their contribution we would not be able to hold the event:

Altera, EMC,  Flextronics,  Logitech,  MOOG,  Wisetek Solutions

Email Malachy McElroy: to book a place.

May 2014 Business Briefing

Our May 2014 business briefing takes place at, EMC, Ovens on Tuesday May 27th starting at 6.30pm


Employee training is an essential activity in every business but how can we keep the training relevant, interesting and engaging, particularly in topics that may be mandated by regulatory authorities but can be challenging to make relevant and interesting to the trainee.

Game based learning (GBL) can help. GBL is a type of game play that has defined learning outcomes. Generally, game based learning is designed to balance subject matter with game play and the ability of the player to retain and apply said subject matter to the real world. Tyco International are redesigning their legal compliance training program to make it more effective and engaging and are planning to incorporate GBL (in collaboration with CIT & UCC) to help with that and they wish to share their story.


We are delighted to have:

Bernie Barber, Sr. Manager, Compliance & Ethics Education, Tyco International.

address the CEIA, sharing with us this evolutionary method of training to industry, which will achieve a greater ROI in this area. Bernie’s presentation will give an insight into how an education program, training 70k employees across 50 countries in 20 languages every year, has been reviewed and redesigned with a focus on training effectiveness and making the training more relevant and engaging for trainees. She will outline the review process and the rationale for the proposed changes which are based on cognitive theory, best practice and current trends in compliance education. She will discuss the current state vs. future plans for compliance education at Tyco and some of the challenges that driving innovative change in this environment can bring. The presentation will also outline how, with the help of CIT and UCC, she plans to incorporate GBL as a transformational element in the future Tyco compliance education program.

Bernie is an accomplished Compliance, Quality and CSER (Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility) professional with qualifications in Applied Science (Physics & Maths), Lean Sigma (Black Belt) and Supply Chain Management. Bernie has >25 year’s experience in the ICT sector and has worked in a variety of R&D, Quality & Compliance roles managing suppliers, customers and internal projects and processes in an electronics manufacturing environment. Before joining Tyco last year, Bernie was a Senior Director with global responsibility for environmental & compliance programs at Logitech, where she worked for 22 years.

Bernie’s presentation titled: “Tyco Compliance Education 2016” will give an insight into how an education program, training 70k employees across 50 countries in 20 languages every year, was reviewed and redesigned with a focus on training effectiveness and making the training more relevant and engaging for trainees.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served. We would like to thanks Bob Savage, Brendan Butler and their team at EMC, who generously agreed to host this event.

If you would like to attend please Email  providing your name and organisation.

April 2014 Business Briefing

Altera Europe is the location for our April 2014 business briefing, taking place on Wednesday April 30th at 6.30pm

Technical writers seek to create clear and organized content to help users to achieve specific goals. The  goal could be to use a product, complete a task, operate equipment, complete a process, integrate products, or to complete other types of activities. Technical writers work closely with engineers, technical support, product managers,  program managers, and others in order to get accurate information.   They also work with editors, illustrators, web designers, database managers, printers and others in order to present this information to the end user.  In the complex world of IT, end users can vary from senior engineers to tech support to non-technical consumers.   The writer must keep the end user in mind when creating documentation. 

We are delighted to have:


Tom Fitzgerald, Managing Director of Bard na nGleann



Clíona Ní Bhraonáin, Bárd’s project lead for Google


experts in this subject, address the CEIA, demystifying this topic, sharing opportunities on how member companies may engage.

Bard na nGleann was founded in the village of Ballingeary, in the West Cork Gaeltacht in 1999 by Tom Fitzgerald. Fifteen years on, Bárd is the leading technical writing company in Ireland with 60 employees in six countries and global clients such as Brocade, Cisco, Google and SAP.  Bárd has subsidiaries in Silicon Valley, California, and Indiana, USA.

Bárd also owns: the first and largest online Irish language bookshop in the world with customers in 66 countries. Winner of Golden Spider awards for best online business in 2005 and best Irish Language website in 2013. offering Irish language and Mandarin translation. Winner of Barr 50 Award in 2008 Recently started- offering a central point to find books about small Irish communities. offering Irish language training across the world (currently under construction) Winner of European Language award in 2005

Bárd was named Cork Chamber’s SME company of the Year in 2004. In 2005, Bárd was named 5th Fastest growing IT company in Ireland and 80th Fastest growing IT company in EMEA, in the Deloitte Fast 50/500. After weathering the recession, Bárd has grown from 19 to 60 employees since the end of 2011. 

Tom Fitzgerald grew up on a small farm in Cill Chúile in the Gaeltacht of Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Kerry. After his Leaving Cert in St Flannan’s College, Ennis, He emigrated to the US in 1971.  Arriving at the height of the Vietnam War, he found himself in the US Air Force working in Security and Law Enforcement.  After his military stint, he hitchhiked across America – “because it was there”.  He spent four years in Alaska, most of it working on the famous Alaska pipeline, he moved to San Francisco in 1978 where he completed his BA at USF and spent a two years as a teacher. In 1984 he qualified as a computer technician and moved to Silicon Valley.  From 1984 to 1993, he worked in technical writing, training and marketing in Silicon Valley.  He moved to London in ‘93 where he obtained a Master’s degree and Sloan Fellowship at London Business School.  Tom returned to Ireland in 1994, and has started several businesses, the most recent being Bárd and its subsidiaries.

Clíona Ní Bhraonáin is Bard’s project lead for Google. Clíona first began working for Bárd in 2001 and in that time has worked with companies like Nortel Networks, Cisco, and now Google.  Clíona was born in the South Kerry Gaeltacht where she still lives.  She has been a teleworker for Bárd for many years and has a keen understanding of what it takes to work successfully from home.

Tom and Clíona will present the story of Bárd and explain what technical writing is all about.  They will explain how Bárd can take the pain out of documenting IT products and how the tools in the technical writing world have changed dramatically over the past 20 years. They will discuss the pros, cons, and challenges of outsourcing, issues of global competition and working with global corporations. They will talk about the world of teleworking and how a company can go global from a small Gaeltacht village.

After the presentations, there will be a networking opportunity with light refreshments served.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dermot Hargaden and his team at Altera Europe, who generously agreed to host this event.

March 2014 – Business Briefing

Our March Business Briefing will be held in Apple Operations Europe on

March 27th starting at 6:30pm sharp

our invited guest is


Uachtarán Fhianna Fáil & Spokesperson on Northern Ireland,

Mr Micheál Martin, T.D. –

We are extremely grateful to Cathy Kearny and her team in Apple who are graciously hosting this event.

Please contact should you want to attend.

The event is for CEIA members only and participants are being kept to a minimum to facilitate interaction at this informal ‘round table’ style meeting.

We thank Micheál Martin for taking the time from his busy schedule to attend this meeting.

2014 Munster Region CanSat Competition

Douglas Community School Cork and Crescent College Comprehensive Limerick are announced as joint winners of the Munster ESERO Ireland – CEIA CanSat competition held on February 15th 2014 at Cork Institute of Technology. The winning teams will now go on to compete at the National final of the competition at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly on 22nd March. Following that, the national winners will represent Ireland at the European CanSat final in Andoya, Norway in June of this year …click for more information.