MIIN Member Spotlight - ÉireComposites

Chun ár dteanga dhuchais, an Ghaeilge, a cheiliúradh, labhair muid le Micheál Ó Conghaile ó ÉireComposites, atá lonnaithe i nGaeltacht Chonamara mar chuid den #MIINMemberSpotlight an míosa seo.

To celebrate our native language, Irish, we spoke to Micheál Ó Conghaile from ÉireComposites, who are based in the Connemara Gaeltacht, as part of this month's #MIINMemberSpotlight.

Breathnaigh ar a bhfíseán anseo / Check out their video here:

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[Aistriúcháin / Translation]:

Introduce yourself. What is your role and focus area?

My name is Micheal Ó Conghaile. I’ve been working here in ÉireComposites for the past two years and I am a qualified marine engineer and projects engineer. My role here at present is as a project engineer and team lead, having worked in the marine industry for about 10 to 15 years. After that, I worked for around 11 years in the manufacturing industry, and as I mentioned I am here with ÉireComposites for the past two years.

Why did you choose to work in the marine industry?

I enjoy working in the marine industry, because it can consist of many different challenges and plenty of variety. For instance, there are certain aspects of working in the industry that relate to meteorology. There's some exceptional training available that provides you with the opportunity to work with a variety of different people and projects that are innovative and interesting.

What is ÉireComposites primary goal/objective?

Our main objective here in ÉireComposites is to be leaders in composite design and manufacturing. It's a hub of activity here, and we are so proud to provide employment in the local community too.

What do you see as the biggest opportunity for your company, as part of Ireland's marine industry in the coming 5 to 10 years?

There are plenty of opportunities, but in my opinion, the biggest opportunity lies in the renewable energy sector. Renewable energy can be found all around the Irish coast, with different aspects like tidal mills, offshore wind, and even floating offshore wind. 

What is the biggest challenge, in your opinion, facing businesses like ÉireComposites in the marine industry today?

One of the main challenges at present relates to planning, but there are many others. Another that comes to mind is employment. Professionals may find it challenging to find opportunities where the Irish language is used. As well as all of that, there are a lot of different challenges around the world as a result of conflicts and wars that have a knock-on effect on the marine industry and beyond. 

Is there anything else you would like to tell the MIIN audience about ÉireComposites?

There are some great opportunities here to design and manufacture composite materials. We have the capability to meticulously carry out large-scale projects. We are currently investing in new machinery and equipment, while also upgrading our existing equipment. Much of this equipment (and their upgrades!) can be viewed on our website. 

There are plenty of job opportunities too here at ÉireComposites, should anyone wish to apply. Check out eirecomposites.com/careers for more information.