On May 11, Minister of State for Trade and Employment Pat Breen travelled to Dunmanway for a momentous occasion; with the assistance of Cork County Mayor Declan Hurley, Minister Breen officially opened the Brookpark Business Centre to loud applause from a large group of gathered well-wishers.
Brookpark is a community enterprise centre that comprises of a Business Centre, with eir 1 giga-byte fibre broadband, conference, training, office and hot-desk facilities, and three start-up units.
Speaking at the opening, Committee Chairman Peter Walsh said this development came to fruition as a response to the many economic setbacks and challenges that Dunmanway has faced over the last decade. “As Dunmanway celebrates and walks ‘from darkness into light’ tomorrow morning we, the committee of Brookpark Enterprise Centre Ltd, hope that our endeavours will herald a bright new dawn for Dunmanway.”
Peter has been a driving force behind this project, something that was acknowledged by all speakers at the launch. He was quick however to recognise the committee’s tireless work that has also been supported by Cork County Council, Enterprise Ireland, Clann Credo, Eir and the business and wider community of Dunmanway.
Committee member Orela Kingston explained that local fundraising meant that all in Dunmanway had “skin in the game”.
“To date we have raised €70k and our target is to reach €100k by end of the summer.
Again, the committee of Brookpark Enterprise Centre sincerely thanks all the local business and the local community for the support to make this day possible.”
Peter explained that there is still much to be done, “Although we celebrate the conclusion of the concept and construction stage and the official opening of our new Enterprise Centre and Digital hub in essence the real work is only now beginning. With this in mind I call on everyone here today and friends of Dunmanway, at home and around the globe to get behind our new enterprise centre and build on these foundations to make it the success that the committee have worked so hard to achieve and which the town of Dunmanway deserves.”
A native of Dunmanway himself, Cork County Mayor Declan Hurley called Brookpark an “amazing milestone” for the town.
“This is an example of what communities can do when they are given the support and finances to deliver a fantastic state-of-the-art facility like here in Brookpark Business Centre. This puts Dunmanway at the centre of business in West Cork, and will be a turning point for the town”.
See www.brookpark.ie for more details on the services available and how to avail of them.