US software firm sets up base on west coast island
AN AMERICAN software company is setting up a base on an island off the west coast.
Mymic Global has decided to move to Valentia Island in Co Kerry with the immediate creation of five jobs.
The hi-tech company, which has its US headquarters in Virginia, says it will have a workforce of 22 in Kerry by 2016.
The company will be located at the former premises of the Valentia Island Cable Company and 15 construction jobs will come on stream in the renovation of the building.
Mymic Global specialises in simulation and visualisation products and services to provide safety training and logistics management for the marine sector.
The company decided to locate to Co Kerry due to Valentia's communications and marine links. But it was also where its managing director, Dr Thomas Mastaglio, spent his honeymoon 12 years ago.
The island is linked to the maindland by a bridge.
The announcement coincided with the reopening of the Valentia Island lighthouse as a tourist attraction.
The island's most famous son, Kerry football legend Mick O'Connell, said the two developments were welcome news in a place that had been badly affected by depopulation.
Micko's father, Jeremiah, piloted the cable ships and was a coxswain with Valentia Lifeboat, and he himself worked for the Cable Company until it closed in 1966.
"These have been trying times in the west and news of jobs and anything that will attract more visitors is very welcome," said the four-time All-Ireland medal winner, who is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time.
Built on the site of a former Cromwelian fort, the lighthouse was rebuilt in 1841 and became automated in 1954.