Waterford Local Enterprise Office showcase two Waterford businesses at the National Ploughing Championships

The Waterford Local Enterprise Office will assist two local businesses to reach audiences of over two hundred and eighty thousand people at this year’s National Ploughing Championships, which are set to take place in Tullamore from September 19th to 21st.

The two Waterford businesses which will be showcased are Criostal na Rinne and Virtual Vet, they will feature at the ‘Local Enterprise Village,’ which will be home to 31 diverse start-ups and small businesses from all over the country. The National Ploughing Championships are Ireland’s largest consumer show, in 2016 some two hundred and eighty thousand visitors attended the three day championships spending just under €36.5 million.

Richie Walsh, Head of Enterprise at LEO Waterford said, “Each year we aim to showcase Waterford at the National Ploughing Championships consumer arena. Croistal na Rinne have had an incredible year to date, with a request from An Taoiseach for the making of the annual St. Patrick’s Day gift to the White House and the hugely innovative business that is Virtual Vet is making strides in an area of business not previously traversed before. We hope that the showcase will offer real opportunity to each of these businesses and we already know that they will do Waterford proud at this national platform. We invite everyone to come and visit our exhibitors at the Local Enterprise Village:  Block 4/ Row: 13/ Stand: 301.”

Criostal na Rinne is a craft business and maker of Irish, mouth blown and hand cut crystal, based in the Waterford Gaeltacht of An Rinn. Eamonn Terry, owner and founder of Criostal na Rinne, started his career in Waterford Crystal where he rose to the level of Master Craftsman Glasscutter. With a passion and vision for the traditional processes of crystal making, he started his own crystal craft business, where he creates cut crystal of the highest quality in both traditional and contemporary designs, including custom engraving. Eamonn has over 45 years’ experience in his craft and since 1987 has created originally designed collections under the Criostal na Rinne mark that have been shipped worldwide, including bespoke pieces for ordinary customers and VIP’s alike. Criostal na Rinne crystal has been presented to Irish presidents, the Mayor of Chicago and the CEO of Chelsea football club. Most recently, the Taoiseach’s office selected Criostal na Rinne to make the crystal shamrock bowl presented to the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, as part of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the White House.

VirtualVet is an online drugbook allowing farmers and vets to build a synchronised medicines compliance report in near real-time and therefore cutting out duplication. VirtualVet’s platform includes an Android app for farmers, synchronised to a dynamic web portal which builds a complete drug-book for farmers,  supported by a phone service ensuring animal treatments on-farm are recorded as required for food quality compliance regulations in the EU. VirtualVet also works with partners to implement a data aggregation and mapping service which delivers value to all stakeholders in the value chain.

Sinead Quealy is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of VirtualVet and has over eight years of experience in managing software development projects, often with partners across the EU. From a farming background, she lives on a busy beef and dairy farm in Waterford. 

The Local Enterprise Office offers support services for a range of start-up and existing SMEs in Waterford. For further details visit the team at 35 The Mall or at the Civic Offices in Dungarvan; call 0761 10 2905 or email info@leo.waterfordcouncil.ie