Christmas Week brought good tidings for Athenry with the announcement that the BIA Innovator Campus had officially signed the construction contract with Glenmann Construction Corporation Ltd for the new multi-million euro food innovation hub.

The BIA campus is expected to transform the food entrepreneurship landscape in the West of Ireland as it aims to create more than 350 jobs in over 40 businesses in our region. Welcoming the news, Chairperson Peter Feeney says the project will support farmers, producers and chefs to grow with the correct facilities, training and advice.

Director of Services with Galway County Council and Director of BIA Innovator Campus, Alan Farrell, says the project is part of wider proposals for the regeneration of Athenry. These include the enhancement of the public realm, the development of tourism opportunities, the enhancement of shopfronts, and the development of close links between the campus and wider town.

Athenry Community Council, Galway / Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB), St Columba’s Credit Union Ltd (SCCUL Enterprises Ltd) and the Western Development Commission (WDC) are all also involved in the project.