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Map of the West

The West region comprises the counties of Galway and Mayo. The total population is approximately 381,179 (Census 2011). Galway City is the major urban centre in the region with a population of 76,778. The principal towns in the West include Tuam (Pop: 8,242), Ballinasloe (Pop: 6,659), Loughrea (Pop: 5,062), Castlebar (Pop: 12,318), Ballina (Pop: 11,086) and Westport (Pop: 6,063).

The West is very accessible by road, rail and air with air access provided through Shannon International Airport, and Ireland West Airport Knock. In total, there are almost 80 overseas companies with operations in the West region, employing over 16,000 people. Their sectoral focus includes life sciences (predominantly medical technologies) accounting for 63% of IDA client company employment, information & communication technologies with 19%, engineering and consumer goods with 14% and international financial services with 4%.

IDA has a network of world-class Business & Technology Parks in the West. These parks are fully serviced with all the necessary telecommunications and utilities infrastructure to cater for the needs of overseas clients. National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in Galway City and the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Galway City and Castlebar, cater for a combined student population of 25,000. NUIG has a series of world-renowned research Centres such as REMEDI, NCBES, and DERI.

The West is renowned for the very high quality of life it offers. The Region offers first class housing and educational options and has a wide choice of hotels, restaurant and shopping facilities. The West is noted for its beautiful scenery and its picturesque landscape and coastline. It has many famous festivals, which include Racing, Arts, Oyster, Film and Music. The many and varied outdoor pursuits within easy reach include golf, sailing and hill-walking.

Galway City

Property Options
IDA’s Business & Technology Park in Parkmore – 85 Hectares (212 acres). The Park has advance planning permission for buildings, and there is a selection of Greenfield site options available.

A new Science & Technology Park in Oranmore with approval for a fully integrated biopharmaceutical facility is currently being developed.

Galway, the fastest growing city in Ireland, has a population of 76,778, with the population rising to 296,000 within a 60km radius. Galway is 1 hour from Shannon International Airport and 2.5 hours from Dublin which combined provide ready access to US, UK and Europe.

Galway is emerging as an international centre of excellence for manufacturing and research in the medical and biomedical sectors. Overseas companies in Galway include Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Covidien, Merit Medical, Hewlett Packard, Avaya, Nortel, Cisco, SAP, EA, and Fidelity.

The city is well served with a robust broadband telecoms network where a choice of carrier ensures competitive prices and high quality service for all users. Galway has two major third level institutions, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), which, together in Galway City, have a total student population of 23,000.

NUIG has 12,000 full-time and 3,000 part-time students in seven colleges. NUIG has world-class research centres such as the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), National Centre for Biomedical Engineering Science (NCBES) and Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI).
GMIT, including a campus in Castlebar, Co. Mayo has 5,000 full-time and 3,000 part-time students. The institute offers programmes in six schools, i.e. Business, Engineering, Science, Humanities, Nursing and Hotel & Catering.

Galway is world-renowned for its lifestyle and leisure activities, which include its annual Horse Racing, Arts, Oyster and Literary festivals. It is a major tourist centre and the gateway to Connemara.

Tuam

Property Options
A new 11-hectare (27-acre) IDA Business & Technology Park has been developed in Tuam. The Park provides both Greenfield site and new building options for potential investors.

Tuam, designated as a hub town by the National Spatial Strategy (NSS), has a population of 8,242 with a population of 319,000 within a 60km radius. Tuam is 30 minutes north of Galway city and 2.5 hours west of Dublin. The town is very accessible by road, rail and air. It is just  40 minutes from Ireland West Airport Knock and 1.5 hours from Shannon International Airport, which together provide ready access to the US, UK and Europe.

Transitions Optical, Valeo and Logstrup Ireland are all important companies with significant operations in Tuam.

Tuam town is served with conventional broadband networks, providing competitive prices and high quality services for all users.

National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in Galway City and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Galway City and Castlebar are important sources of academic and technical/research expertise for Tuam.

Ballinasloe

Property Options

IDA’s Business & Technology Park - 14 hectare (35-acre) in Ballinasloe. Greenfield site options available on this Park.

Ballinasloe has a population of 6,659 which rises to 341,000 within a 60km radius. The town is 1 hour drive east of Galway City, 15 minutes west of Athlone and 1.25 hours west of Dublin.

Ballinasloe is very accessible by road, rail and air. The town is about 1.25 hours from Ireland West Airport Knock and 1.5 hours from Shannon International Airport, which together provide ready access to the US, UK and Europe.

The town is a vibrant commercial center for its catchment area and in addition to being a successful base for Irish companies Ballinasloe is also home to Aptar, a French company manufacturing perfume dispensers.

Ballinasloe is served with both conventional and broadband networks. The town has a choice of carriers, which ensures competitive pricing and quality service.

National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in Galway City, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Galway City and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) in Athlone are important suppliers of academic and technical/research expertise to Ballinasloe. In total, the town has access to a (full-time and part-time) student population of c. 27,000.

Castlebar

Property Solutions

IDA’s Business & Technology Park in Castlebar. Planning permission exists for office and technology buildings. A range of quality private propery solutions is also available.

Castlebar, the administrative capital of County Mayo, has a population of 12,318 with a population of 190,000 within a 60km radius. The town is one hours drive from Galway City and 3 hours from Dublin.

Castlebar is home to Baxter Healthcare, Fort Wayne Metals and Volex.

Castlebar is very accessible by road, rail and air. It is only 30 minutes drive from Ireland West Airport Knock, one hour from Galway Regional Airport and 2.25 hours from Shannon International Airport, which together provide ready access to the US, UK and Europe. Castlebar town is served with both conventional and broadband telecommunications’ networks.

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) provides Castlebar with a local source of academic and technical/research expertise. It has 1,000 full-time and 500 part-time students. Castlebar has access to a further student (full-time and part-time) population of c. 26,000 from Institute of Technology Sligo in Sligo, and GMIT and National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in Galway City.

Ballina

Property Options
IDA has a number of site and building options available in Ballina for overseas investors.

Ballina, famous for its annual Salmon festival, has a population of 11,086 with a population of 188,000 within a 60km radius. The town is 45 minutes drive from Sligo, 30 minutes from Castlebar, 1.5 hours from Galway City and three hours from Dublin.

Ballina is home to Ballina Beverages (Coca-Cola), Hollister, Lionbridge Technologies, Oasis, Heyco Werk and Schuetz.

Ballina is very accessible by road, rail and air. The town is approximately 45 minutes drive from Ireland West Airport Knock which provides Ballina with direct or connecting access to the US, UK and Europe.

Ballina is served by a broadband telecommunications network, which ensures a high quality service for all users.

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Castlebar provides Ballina with a local source of academic and technical/research expertise. GMIT has 1,000 full-time and 500 part-time students at its Castlebar campus. Ballina has access to a further student (full-time and part-time) population of c. 26,000 from Institute of Technology Sligo in Sligo, and GMIT and National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in Galway City.

Westport

Property Options
New 37-acre flagship Business & Technology Park with sites available for greenfield projects.

Westport, one of the most economically and socially vibrant towns in the West of Ireland, has a population of 6,063, with a population of 178,000 within a 60km radius. The town is 15 minutes drive from Castlebar, 1 hour from Galway City and 3.25 hours from Dublin.

Overseas companies with operations in Westport include Allergan, Synergy Health, Chesapeake, AMO, Nomadic Structures and more recently Lafferty Group.

The town is readily accessible by road, rail and air. It is approximately 45 minutes drive from Ireland West Airport Knock, 1.25 hours from Sligo Airport, and 2 hours from Shannon International Airport, all of which provide the town with ready access to the US, UK and Europe.

Westport town is served with both conventional and broadband networks, providing competitive prices and high quality services for all users.

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in Castlebar provides Westport with a local source of academic and technical/research expertise. GMIT has 1,000 full-time and 500 part-time students. Westport has access to a further student (full-time and part-time) population of c. 26,000 from Institute of Technology Sligo in Sligo and GMIT and National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) in Galway City.

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