Skellig CRI Centre for Research & Innovation
Skellig Centre for Research & Innovation (Skellig CRI) is an outreach university campus for higher education, research and entrepreneurship based in ’WEAVE’, Cahersiveen, in County Kerry. It is a space that fosters collaboration, community building, and a higher education research and entrepreneurial spirit. This Centre is a unique higher education and community development partnership between ACE at UCC, Kerry County Council & South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP) which promotes local level collaboration with national and international research communities, emulating in a local context the impact of a third level institution on a community.
This project initially began with the Institute without Boundaries, George Browne Institute in Canada hosting a workshop in ‘Tech Amergin’ in Waterville where Kerry County Council, community stakeholders, subject matter experts and local residents came together to ‘Imagine Iveragh’. The Institute without Boundaries conducted extensive research funded by Kerry County Council and produced a document entitled ‘Imagining Iveragh’ which recommends the establishment of a space (WEAVE) that fosters collaboration, community building, research and entrepreneurial spirit in the Skellig Coast region. ACE at UCC, Kerry County Council and SKDP have established a higher education satellite campus which is an incubation centre for research, innovation and entrepreneurialism based in Cahersiveen.
Skellig CRI is located in Cahersiveen at the heart of the Skellig Coast which is the most south western region of Ireland. This region claims a breath taking and unique natural environment and ecology, full of beauty, culture and history which straddles sea to summit, and offers incredible coastal diversity in the destination that is County Kerry in Ireland. The entire region faces unprecedented challenges which are not only evident demographically, economically and socially, but are also impacting the identity and sense of viability of the area. This project seeks to directly address these challenges.