Clane CoderDojo

Clane Project Centre (CPC) opens its new walk-in premises in downtown Clane

Clane Project Centre (CPC) opens its new walk-in premises in downtown Clane and launches CoderDoJo project to give local children a head start in the digital economy.

The Lord Mayor of Clane, Mr Dessie Marron, performed the official opening of CPC’s new premises on the Prosperous Road (opposite Aldi) at a well-attended event on Saturday 20th April. CPC purchased the high quality premises from the local Credit Union for an un-disclosed price. It comprises a ground floor unit of some 610 sq. feet and a first floor area of some 500 sq. feet with separate entrances.

The new service centre already houses the highly successful Clane Youth Project that was initiated by CPC in conjunction with Kildare Youth Services.

Announcing the launch of the CoderDoJo project, Mr P.J. Kirby, Chairman of the CPC Board of Directors, said: “ CPC is delighted to initiate, sponsor and host CoderDoJo at our new walk-in service centre. Our aim is to give children in the Clane district the opportunity to learn and enjoy computer coding at an early age. CoderDoJo is a superb volunteer youth movement that was founded in Cork and has rapidly spread internationally. In the 21st century, the age of the digital economy, it’s remarkable that most schools in this country, in the UK and, surprisingly, in the US, still do not teach even basic levels of computer coding. CPC plans to facilitate the stimulation of interest at a young age so that more young people will passionately make computer science and related disciplines a career of choice in order to take up vacant jobs in the technology sector. The current number of technology job vacancies in Ireland is estimated to be in the 3,000 to 5,000 range. We also look forward to the emergence in Clane of a new generation of gifted individuals with high-tech skills and clever ideas that will lead to the creation of innovative ventures with the potential to scale into global businesses”.

Mr Ted Muray, CEO of Clane Project Centre, commented: “ As CPC starts another exciting and challenging phase of delivering services to the people of Clane, I would like to invite local people, including new residents, to come and talk to us about how they could make a contribution by volunteering some of their time and expertise and ideas. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the support that CPC gets from various local and state organisations. For example, Enterprise Ireland provided funding towards the
constuction of the Thompson Enterprise Centre. We are very pleased that Enterprise Ireland recently selected CPC as a client company under its Business Development Management Programme. This endorsement and commitment from Enterprise Ireland is a
very timely boost”

CPC, founded in 1994 as Clane Local Development, is a community-owned, not-for-profit company that stimulates enterprise and jobs in the Clane area by providing services for local entrepreneurs including high quality office and industrial units. CPC also invests in new and existing ventures and facilitates the development of ancillary social, cultural and environmental projects by providing research, project management and other support.

CPC established the Thompson Enterprise Centre in the mid-90’s and it is currently occupied by 16 businesses providing some 50 jobs. The enterprise centre continues to achieve occupancy levels in excess of 90% despite the difficult economic climate.

Further information:
P. J Kirby – phone 086 -8303617
Ted Murray – phone 087 – 6876026