MARIA HERLIHY THE New Year in Ballingeary has got off to a flying start with a company in the Muscrai Gaeltacht bringing on board 20 new technical writers.
Bárd, which provides technical writing, along with a host of IT services, attained a major contract with German software giant SAP, which has now resulted in the new staff being taken on board. The relationship between the duo has grown since Bárd attained a contract with SAP in 2007.
The new writers will join Bárd's team of 50 employees who are located in seven countries.
"Most people are surprised to find a multi-national company that started from a small village in rural west Cork," said founder and MD, Tom Fitzgerald.
According to Mr Fitzgerald a further 15 writers will be working on Cisco systems projects. Bárd began working with Cisco in 2006 with two writers but now the team has grown rapidly and by November 2012 there were 32 writers.
Cisco are now looking for 15 more writers to start in February.
"The fact is that in our modern interlinked world, as long as the broadband is there, then you can do business from anywhere," said Fitzgerald.
"Technical writing is a great career for anyone in a rural location because country people are naturally friendly and inquisitive and that is a large part of what technical writing is about."