Today, Daniel Mulhall, the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America, officially opened the new Spearline headquarters in Skibbereen, Co Cork. The technology company announced ambitious growth plans to double its workforce, which will lead to significant job creation in West Cork. The event was moderated by Dr Jean van Sinderen-Law of UCC and attended by over 200 guests.
Speaking at the official opening, Councillor Joe Carroll, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork said, “This is a building which is steeped in history. It has played a central role in this town of Skibbereen for more than 170 years. That such a personal link has been retained between the personnel of Spearline (the CEO and many team members are past pupils) and the town of Skibbereen is something very special. It is fitting that this building which operated for so long as an educational facility should now be used for technological advancements and innovation. It is encouraging to see Spearline’s successes as a major employer locally, nationally and internationally.”
Speaking at the event, Daniel Mulhall, the Ambassador of Ireland to the United States of America said, “I am delighted to be involved in the opening of Spearline’s new offices in Skibbereen. I applaud the company for this rapid growth and for its success in servicing clients all over the world from its base in West Cork. It is an example of an innovative and dynamic Irish company with ambitious plans for the future. As Ambassador, I have always made it a priority to support Irish companies in their export effort and wish Spearline well for the next phase of its development.”
Announcing Spearline’s plans for future job creation, Kevin Buckley, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Spearline said, “Following a multi-million euro investment, we are delighted to officially open our new headquarters today. This move allows us to stay true to our roots and create employment. By the end of 2020, we will have doubled our workforce with the creation of 75 additional jobs, half of which will be here in Skibbereen. We have plans to expand across the entire business - development, product, support, sales, marketing, customer engagement, operations, HR and finance. As our global customer base increases so too will our team.”
Speaking about Enterprise Ireland’s ongoing support of Spearline as it continues to expand, Martin Corkery, Regional Director, South & South East Regions, Enterprise Ireland said: “Supporting indigenous companies like Spearline, which is making its mark on the international market, is a key focus of Enterprise Ireland. Spearline continues to expand and evolve its business at a steady rate in response to global demand, particularly in the USA. By cultivating its global footprint, Spearline is creating opportunities and regionally based jobs. This is a company with global ambition, working hard to expand in new markets and deliver success in business. We very much applaud the efforts of everyone involved in reaching this stage and in delivering additional employment to Skibbereen through the opening of Spearline’s headquarters. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the company as it enters the next phase of its growth."
Speaking about the history of the 173 year old building, Terri Kearney, Director at Skibbereen Heritage Centre, said, “The old school building, now renovated and reborn as Spearline's new premises, opened as a national school during the Great Famine when the children were fed as well as educated. The building was later a base for other schools which taught diverse subjects including Greek, Latin, and art. This old school building has been the scene of many dramatic events over its long history, including a riot during the Great Hunger in 1846 and a tragic accident in the early months of the Civil War in 1922.”
Spearline is a technology company that proactively monitors phone numbers for audio quality and connectivity globally. It is headquartered in Skibbereen, Co Cork and has offices in Waterford, Romania and India. The Spearline platform enables enterprises and telecommunications service providers to test connectivity and quality on global telecoms networks, testing automatically at volume. Spearline has conducted millions of test calls worldwide, resulting in billions of data-points. It has global network coverage and operates a 24 hours per day, 365 days per year support service for its international customers.