Clare company wins Irish Enterprise Awards 2017

Clare company wins Irish Enterprise Awards 2017


Lahinch-based HRLocker have won the Irish Enterprise Award for “Best HR Software Company 2017′ in a contest sponsored by the Worldwide Business Review magazine.

The West Coast company, now with 13 employees and listing clients such as Ryanair, help growing companies save time and money with their staff and People Management automation software.

CEO Adam Coleman, the man behind the #SiliconVillage initiative to encourage other cloud computing start-ups to move to Lahinch for a new way of living and working near the surf and national parks of the stunning Mid West, has led the company through impressive growth.

Now with over 300 customers in over 40 countries worldwide, HRLocker is a beacon for establishing Lahinch as a seaside tech hub.

‘We’re seriously proud of this award and recognition for how a small company can grow past the start-up phase and scale away from the capital and typical tech hotspots’ explained Coleman, whose background is in HR, which gave them an advantage in building the ideal product for busy company owners, office managers or HR professionals to manage their workforce.

‘When we brought HRLocker to Lahinch back in 2013 people quite simply thought we were mad. That or they thought we’d spend more time surfing than working! I think the results speak for themselves – although, in fairness we’ve caught some nice waves along the way too,’ Adam Coleman said.

‘Most of our customers are from 5-500-employee organisations, largely in the UK. But we have a few enterprise-level customers too and are particularly proud of our domestic ‘trophy clients’ with Irish success stories from the likes of Ryanair, Teamwork, Dubarry, HotPress, Brown Bag Films, IBEC, Munster Rugby and so on.

‘We’d like nothing more than to see other businesses relocate to or kick-start their journey here in Lahinch and will always give whatever support we can to those who come here with a dream, as we did,’ he added.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.