New Website linking Irish Businesses and Social Groups
Written by Fred Rea
Monday, 05 September 2016 00:00
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Ciaran McKeown is from Co Antrim and came to Australia 5 years ago.  His introduction to computer programming was in Belfast and from that he knew that he wanted to run his own business building websites and working with people in their businesses. “Jacqueline and I married and in 2012 moved to Australia”.

When Ciaran looked around the Perth and elsewhere there wasn’t anywhere to source Irish businesses and services.


“I could see that my skills and experiences could fill that gap and give people a place to go and see not just the businesses but the community around it, the charities, not for profit and those doing great work in the community”.  Ciaran saw that this was not easy to find and when they first arrived in Perth found it difficult to find out what was going on in the Irish community. “There were lots of organisations and businesses but it was difficult to find them”.

Ciaran saw a need for people who come to a new city who are not involved in sports groups. When one is not a regular at sporting clubs and pubs, it can be really difficult to link up with things going on in the community. “We really wanted to create somewhere for people to go and find out what is happening in the community where they now live”. So he set up the website.

As Irish in Business website says, Irish people have a long and complicated relationship with immigration. Often forced upon entire generations it has resulted in strong Irish communities from Boston to Brisbane. While some things are different in today’s world, the sense of identity and heritage is never lost.

It has never been easier to keep up-to-date with family and friends back home through social media, Skype or facetime, however the distance remains. And despite the technology available to people it is becoming increasingly difficult to integrate with the community around you and often opportunities are missed.

It is the websites goal to become the centralised location for Irish resources in your local community, regardless of where you live. Irish in Business want to promote the Irish services and associations in your local community, resulting in more business for those providing the services and more exposure for those not-for-profit organisations needing it most.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Irish in Business community please register today on the website.

Irish in Business aim to make it as easy as possible to connect with the local Irish community wherever you live.

By registering on this website, people will be able to find your business, charity or sports team through the search facility on the homepage.

Irish in Business also use social media and localised monthly newsletters to actively promote you to the Irish community, helping to spread the word and increase your exposure. This can result in more customers, attendees at events, volunteers for your organisation or players for your club.

Ciaran is a breath of fresh air for the Perth Irish community and already he is helping out the Claddagh Association and the IWAF Business group. He is one of the most positive people one could meet and I have no doubt will be a wonderful asset to our Irish Community in Western Australia.

So, if you are interested in becoming a part of the Irish in Business community please register today.

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Fred Rea

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 September 2016 05:56 )