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Smart Community by Padraic Neary

It is entirely appropriate that the “Smart Community Initiative” was launched in Tubbercurry on Friday, 18th January, 2019 as it was in this small town that “Smart Economics” were made manifest in this country with the formation of The Tool and Gauge Company of Ireland Limited, in 1956. “Smart Economics” are underpinned by “Smart Technology”  and nowhere in Industry is technology smarter than in “Precision Toolmaking” where the equipment and machinery to produce everything in quantity is designed and manufactured. A century ago, Henry Ford described “toolmakers” as the “Aristocrats” of Engineering while Steve Jobs, when asked how he would like to be remembered, expressed the hope that he would be regarded as a good “Toolmaker” to the world.

Since the first tools of wood and stone were made, human progress has been defined by the quality, durability and “smartness” of the tools available at the time. The Industrial Revolution massively improved tooling and output which facilitated an eightfold increase of human population coupled with enormous enhancement of living conditions.  Over the last three decades, Computerization has lifted Technology and Precision Toolmaking” to unprecedented levels of excellence and performance, which are proudly embraced and perfected by native and international industry all over the country.

Increases in excellence and output have been enormous; so enormous that many conditions and balances which propelled growth economics through two centuries of Industrial revolution have been made redundant and reversed. These achievements have brought about the greatest and best time ever experienced by the human race. It is becoming apparent however, that failure to fully embrace and adapt to an entirely unprecedented era of “sufficiency” and reduced workload, is causing widespread uncertainty and insecurity for many who fear abandonment by the technological age. Such fear is at the heart of Brexit and increasing movement towards extreme politics all over the world.

Fifty-three years ago, Tubbercurry enthusiastically embraced “Smart Economics” of that time. It would be appropriate and very worthwhile if the newly instituted “Smart Community Initiative” could provide a similar reception for “Smart Economics” of the present. Sadly, such has not been the Global experience to date. It is no longer smart for Economists, politicians, media and communities to think that old remedies will cure newly arrived problems. Initiatives to improve education, entice investment, create new jobs and regular Government windfalls to sustain local enterprise, while very welcome in the immediate term, are in no way adequate to counter the enormous changes generated by modern technology.

Embracing new technologies successfully will require complete rethinking of economic ideology. The old rules no longer apply. How can growth economics serve a technological world that increasingly produces too much; thereby creating enormous difficulties for commerce and trade? How can employment, with all its benefits, entitlements and security, be sustained despite technology continually reducing reliance on human labour? How can confidence of prolonged income, through secure commercial activity and employment, be restored in a world that no longer guarantees either? How can masses be reassured that modern technology is not going to abandon them; and consign their futures to dependency, deprivation and despair? These are extraordinarily difficult questions that very few in positions of authority want to acknowledge. But they are questions that must be asked; they must be investigated, debated and answered adequately and quickly. Otherwise the horrific vista of the most successful smartest technology ever devised, destroying innumerable communities could become a reality.

The greatest service Tubbercurry, with its new status and “Smart Economy”  experience, could perform for the local community, for the national community and indeed for the global community, is to initiate a debate which starts the process of formulating an economic ideology which will get the very best out of the most successful technology ever devised.  Since the dawn of history, economic ideology, from its simplest to its most complex, had had to cope with and manage technologies which were never capable of producing enough. The world now need an ideology capable of coping with and managing technology that generates more than can be consumed. Where better could serious and sustained quest for satisfactory answers to the problems of success begin; other than in the birthplace of smart economies in Ireland. A community capable of doing such a service, could truly be called “really smart”.


Wild Atlantic Way

Wild Atlantic Way Spring campaign kicks-off for a 4 week intense media burst (Radio/TV) with Digital/PR extension into May
The campaign works to counter seasonality and regionality by inspiring growth of the domestic market along the route with an emphasis north of Galway. All activity is delivered through motivating and impactful content anchored in the creative platform ‘Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life’ and working to build and strengthen existing audience awareness.

While 300 international buyers take their seats this morning at Fáilte Irelands largest annual tourism industry event, Meitheal 2019, our hundreds of participating industry partners are very well placed today to grow their share of business from our key overseas markets. Meanwhile, Fáilte Ireland’s latest domestic marketing campaign for the Wild Atlantic Way, launched last week, has the home market covered, as it will target Dublin commuters and tourists from Northern Ireland to the Republic using outdoor, radio and TV ads.

As over half of all journeys into Dublin are made on public transport, Fáilte Ireland is using high impact imagery from along the Wild Atlantic Way on digital screens at key commuter points in the city including Heuston and Connolly Stations, at Busáras and on Luas trams.

Slogans such as Skip the school run for endless fun; Swap work chores for sandy shores; Swap rush hour for ‘What’s the rush?’ hour; Replace the day to day with days to remember; Lose yourself, not the weekend are already grabbing the imagination of many weary and stressed commuters!

Radio adverts scheduled for morning and evening rush hour and a TV advert (LINK) specifically targeting the Northern Irish market will make up a key element of the campaign. This forms part of Fáilte Ireland’s wider programme to help tourism businesses prepare for Brexit and retain visitors from Northern Ireland, especially for border counties, which have been most adversely affected by the devaluation of sterling. .



From: Denise Mc Dermott <denise@sligosportandrecreation.ie>

Subject: Table Tennis Coaching Course


Message Body:



I am contacting you regarding an upcoming Introductory Table Tennis Coaching Course. Two if these courses will be delivered by Jing Yi from Table Tennis Ireland in 2 locations in Sligo. The first course will be held in Sligo Grammar School from 6-9pm on Friday the 12th of April and the second course will be held in Bunninadden Sports and Leisure Centre on Saturday the 13th of April from 10-1pm. The course is just 3 hours in total and will involve the basics of Table Tennis such as the rules, how to hold the bat properly, the scoring system and overall how to coach Table Tennis at a basic level. You do not need to be an excellent Table Tennis player yourself to complete the course.


This course is targeted at teachers, community people, parents, Table Tennis players etc. with the aim of increasing participation levels in Table Tennis and maybe starting up some Table Tennis clubs/social groups etc. in Sligo. The course is available to anyone 16 years and over.


The course is subsidised to €20 and there are limited places available.


To book your place please complete the Table Tennis Coaching Course Application Form which is available on the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership  website and return with the fee to the specified address.


For more information please contact Denise at denise@sligosportandrecreation.ie or on 071 91 61511.


Kind regards,




Denise Mc Dermott

Sports Development Officer

Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership

Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB

Quay Street



Tele: 071 91 61511

Email: denise@sligosportandrecreation.ie

Web: http://www.sligosportandrecreation.ie