Woollen Mills to create 10 jobs in East Clare

Woollen Mills to create 10 jobs in East Clare

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An award winning Clare-based international knitwear company has today announced investment plans at its new Killaloe manufacturing facility.

McConnell Woollen Mills Ltd, established by Anne Behan in 2000 with the support of the Local Enterprise Office Clare and LEADER (administered by Clare Local Development Co Ltd),  announced plans to invest over €400,000 and create 10 new jobs over the next 3 years at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the facility’s opening.

The announcement was made at the official opening by Pat Breen TD, Minister for Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection.

Speaking at the opening, Minister Breen commended Anne on her passion and commitment to Irish Design and employment in Clare and said: “It is encouraging to see a company such as McConnell Woollen Mills, who have been based in Clare for the last twenty years, continue to expand and invest in the region. Despite the potential challenges that Brexit poses, they continue to demonstrate the opportunities for businesses in Clare and the West of Ireland to grow and develop international markets. It is fantastic to see the recognition they have already received for their success in export excellence to Europe, America and Japan”.

Anne Behan, MD and CEO, McConnell Woollen Mills Ltd. commented “McConnell Woollen Mills Ltd. is delighted to celebrate the official opening of our new facility in Killaloe, Co. Clare and I would like to thank everyone for their support, in particular the team who have worked tirelessly over the last few months to make this happen.”

“Our continued investment in Clare and our highly skilled local staff, some of whom have been with us from the early days, enables us to provide the highest quality product range to clients across the world. We ensure all clients are looked after satisfactorily by having the creations made in Ireland using state of the art technological infrastructure.  This new facility will allow us to continue to grow and expand in the years ahead.”

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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.

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