The Killybegs Marine Cluster was established in February 2021, and is one of twelve clusters on the Island of Ireland which is part of Enterprise Ireland’s National Clustering programme. The Killybegs Marine Cluster in collaboration with Atlantic Technological University (ATU), is currently 100% funded by Enterprise Ireland under the Regional Technology Cluster Fund (RTCF). We use a quadruple helix framework which comprises a blend of industry, academia, government and community support in order to realise the true potential of our greatest asset, our Ocean. Our blue economy is quite broad and encompasses many blue industries including commercial fishing (base industry), fish processing, marine engineering, aquaculture, renewable energies, offshore marine services and marine tourism. Other emerging blue industries include bio-marine, climate change, waste management, digitalisation and blue technology.
The Killybegs Marine Cluster is an industry-driven marine cluster that aims to build capacity with businesses working within the blue economy. We aim to ensure our member companies can improve their competitiveness, internationalise their businesses, and maximise their efficiency and productivity. The core strategic objectives of the Killybegs Marine Cluster are to establish new business opportunities in international markets, foster skills and talent, provide our members access to research development and innovation while building a community founded on trust.
The Killybegs Marine Cluster are delighted to have been invited to participate as a panel speaker at National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) second annual Seafarers Conference. This event will take place on Thursday 23rd February 2023 in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick. This hybrid thematic conference by Simply Blue Group, will once again bring together representatives from Ireland’s maritime industry, supply chain workforce, and training & education institutions to explore the opportunities that exist to support and grow the fishing and offshore wind industries in Ireland in tandem. The theme is Thriving Fishing Industry, Thriving Renewable Energy Industry and Thriving Ports and Coastal Communities.
The Killybegs Marine Cluster together with several members and stakeholders will exhibit at this year’s annual Irish Skipper Expo which takes place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February, 2023 in the UL Sport Arena, Limerick. The Killybegs Marine Cluster is located on stand numbers #124 and #125 and will include the following businesses and stakeholders: Mooney Boats, KER Group, MMG Ocean, GCM Painting, The Seamanship Centre, Sinbad Marine Services, Donegal ETB and the Atlantic Technological University (ATU).