Páirc Ghnó Ghaoth Dobhair ó 1990 - 2000. Dialann Pictiúracha.
The exhibition has been assembled by Údarás na Gaeltachta to honour the founding members of the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park and to coincide with the 1916 Centenary Celebrations.
In January 1965, five Gaeltacht business men, Tomás Mac Giolla Bhrighde, Michael McGinty, Séamus Shields, Charlie Greene and Charles Kelly along with Séamus Ó Rághallaigh, a Development Officer from the Department of Gaeltacht, decided to try to do something to stem the flow of immigration. The outcome was the establishment of the first planned rural Industrial Estates in the Republic of Ireland.
These founding members and the newly formed company, Donegal Industrial Estates Ltd, set out an ambitious job creation plan. The committee wanted to make this plan a tangible acknowledgement of principles and ideals of the leaders 1916. The plan was launched in time for the commemoration of 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. This was a truly transformative event that changed the employment landscape in the North West Gaeltacht forever more and served as a catalyst to further develop new business in the North West region.
Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Gaeltacht community of North West Donegal are greatly indebted to the contribution of , Tomás Mac Giolla Bhrighde, Michael McGinty, Séamus Shields, Charlie Greene, Charles Kelly and Séamus Ó Rághallaigh, together with the local community activists that had the vision and commitment to question the status quo and develop an Industrial Estate in North West Donegal.
The challenge now as we are at the 100th Anniversay of 1916, is to reimagine the possibilities of the Gaoth Business Park, using new technologies seeking to harness the highly educated workforce at our disposal.