Spearline, a technology company that proactively tests phone numbers for audio quality and connectivity globally, moved into its new headquarters in Skibbereen on Monday after a year-long renovation. The building - formerly St Fachtna’s De La Salle secondary school - was purchased by Spearline in 2017 following the school's closure and the building of a new Community School in the town. Opened as a school during the Great Irish Famine (1845-52), the new Spearline headquarters is full of history and a landmark in Skibbereen.
Spearline was founded in 2003 by college friends Kevin Buckley, CEO and Matthew Lawlor, CTO. It is a rapidly growing company and a major employer in the region. It currently employs 74 people across its four offices with 48 in Skibbereen. It continues to expand its team, not only in its headquarters Skibbereen, but also in its Waterford, Romania and India offices.
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Spearline, Kevin Buckley is a past pupil of St Fachtna’s De La Salle secondary school (as are many members of the Spearline team). “I am very pleased we were able to keep the Spearline headquarters in Skibbereen. Having our own premises gives Spearline a solid base to continue developing and growing the business and, at the same time, be a major contributor to job creation in the area.” said Mr Buckley.
Speaking about the renovation of the new headquarters, Colman McCaffrey, Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Spearline said, “Urban regeneration and sustainability were at the core of the new Spearline headquarters restoration. For example, the building has been wrapped in external wall insulation and windows have been replaced with lower U-Value equivalents, all to reduce heat loss through the building envelope, while solar panels have been provided to produce renewable electricity. We are always conscious of supporting local businesses and worked with local suppliers and tradespeople throughout the renovation to ensure that this redevelopment has a knock-on effect on the local community.”
The new Spearline headquarters is an iconic building and will continue to play a leading role in the development and progress of Skibbereen, West Cork and Ireland on an international level.
Today, the Spearline team is constantly growing, it has a global network coverage and a 24 hours per day, 365 days per year support service for its international customers.