Local students Caolan Ward and Leanna Greene, organisers of the event along John Gorman principal of Rosses CS and Kevin Sharkey event compere
Dungloe’s first Mary from Dungloe Enterprise Exhibition was a great success with up to 30 companies taking part.
The exhibition kicked off the Mary from Dungloe Festival last Saturday week. The aim of the exhibition was to give businesses and enterprises, both locally and in the county, an opportunity to showcase their businesses and to flag up job opportunities which they may have now or in the future.
“It was a great success; 29 different companies had stands at the exhibition from Randox, the Cope here in Dungloe, and Optum which is based in Letterkenny as well as a number of other smaller local businesses in Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair,” Caolan Ward, one of the organisers told the Democrat.
Caolan along with Leanne Greene, both from Dungloe, came up with the idea when they began to think what they were going to do when they finish college. Caolan and Leanne completed first year Business Studies in NUIG at the end of May.
“The idea of the exhibition was to find out the job opportunities that were available locally and it was aimed at the Dungloe diaspora who were back home for the festival.
“The companies had opportunities and vacancies and quite a lot of them offer apprenticeships in differents trades, something which came as a surprise to us.
“The other thing we found was that we did not have as many of the diaspora as we had expected.
“But what we had was a lot of parents of those away from home at the exhibition and they were very interested, which was encouraging.
“You often hear people say there are no job opportunities in Dungloe and young people have no choice but to emigrate.
“But we have found this is not the case and there are plenty of opportunities for people locally and in Donegal in general,” he said.
For a very first exhibition of its type the organisers are very happy with their success and the plan is to now holdthis exhibition annually as part of the Mary from Dungloe Festival.