Our Research, Development & Innovation Team

Thurles Chamber Enterprise Centre (TCEC) is the perfect location for new and expanding businesses in Tipperary. The centre is a collaborative development between Thurles Chamber of Commerce and Limerick Institute of Technology. The development of TCEC was funded by Thurles Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Ireland, Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), Tipperary Enterprise Board, Local Enteprise Office Tipperary, Tipperary County Council and Thurles Town Council. TCEC was established to facilitate the development and growth of new and existing enterprises and to provide a location in Thurles which would allow the creativity and vision of the people of the area to contribute to its future economic well-being. The Centre provides a modern, well-equipped and conveniently located range of facilities for the entrepreneurs of the area. Join us and allow us to support you in making your ideas a reality.

Our Innovation & Enterprise mission is to turn ideas into a thriving business or plan, helping to drive economic growth within our regions and across Ireland. Inspired by the ‘quintuple helix’ innovation model which focuses on the interactions among five key elements of society: academia, industry, government, culture, and the environment, we aim to maximise the impact of our research and enterprise development for social and economic benefit tackling the key challenges connected to the global goals for sustainable development. We will do this by facilitating and nurturing the advancement of the best ideas of our staff, learners and our engaged external community from discovery to commercial application by providing key supports to our stakeholders and environments for them to grow and build their ideas in.

Gillian Barry

Head of Innovation & Enterprise

Derek Blackweir

Enterprise Manager Tipperary

Mary Casey

New Frontiers Programme Manager

Joe Kearney

New Frontiers Administrator

Ciaran Lynch

TUS Development Manager

John Kennedy

Commercial Manager

Sarah Ryan


Dr Liam Brown

Vice President RDI

RDI Development Unit

TUS aims to co-locate R&D and Businesses in its enterprise centres across the Midwest and midlands. TCEC is co-located with the Development Unit based on campus at TUS Thurles. Full details click here. Meet some of the team based in Thurles below.

Padraig O'Reilly

Development Manager

Seamus Hoyne

Dean of Flexible & Work Based Learning

Elisabeth O'Brien

Project Assistant

Yvonne Doyle

Innovation Vouchers Administrator

Dr. Marie Taylor

Senior Project Officer

Gloria Callinan

Project Support Officer