A YEAR-long renovation project by the technology company, Spearline, has resulted in the creation of a magnificent new office block in Skibbereen that is soon to be officially opened by the US Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall.
The event will take place on Friday, August 9th next, but, last week, The Southern Star got a sneak preview after the Spearline team moved into their new building on Monday, July 29th.
There will also be an open day for the public – and something of a recruitment drive – between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, August 10th as people are being encouraged to bring their CVs and chat with Spearline’s HR team.
The business – which tests phone numbers globally for audio quality and connectivity – was established by Kevin Buckley, chief executive officer, and Mathew Lawlor, chief technical officer, as a two-person operation in 2003.
Since then, the company has grown to employ 74 people across its four offices, including a workforce of 48 in Skibbereen, and 26 more in its offices in Waterford, Romania and India.
The company invested substantially in purchasing and transforming what was the former De La Salle secondary school and creating an impressive new facility with 24 hi-spec rooms across four storeys.
The historic edifice was built as a school during the Great Famine and to this day it remains as a clearly identifiable landmark on the approach road to town. Locally, the reversal of its fortunes is seen as an indication of how the entire town is developing as an IT hub.
Kevin Buckley is a past pupil of St Fachtna’s De La Salle, as indeed are many of the Spearline team. Mathew Lawlor is from Newbridge, but he too was proud to say: ‘This is our permanent home.’