Castlecool employs top graduate

Castlecool, Ireland’s largest independent temperature control and logistics firm is pleased to announce that its energy management and development engineer, Catherine Conaghan has been recognised as one of Ireland’s top graduate employees.

Originally from Ballina in county Mayo, Catherine is one of eight graduate employees in the country to have been shortlisted for ‘Graduate Employee of the Year’ at the GradIreland Awards. These awards took place recently in The Mansion House in Dublin.

Having qualified in 2008 with a BEng Hons in Electronic Engineering from NUI Galway, Catherine furthered her studies at the Michael Smurfit Graduate business school, UCD and qualified with a postgraduate Higher Diploma in Management Practice.

In 2009, as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme, Catherine joined Castlecool. This programme creates unique opportunities for talented and dynamic graduates to help a company create and develop technologically innovative and commercially viable products and services, as well as gaining significant project management experience.

“We were very pleased to welcome Catherine on board as part of the InterTradeIreland FUSION programme,” said Paul Shortt, managing director, Castlecool. “Catherine’s role was initially to design and explore implementing an integrated hybrid energy supply and strategy. In the past 12 months Catherine has become a real asset to Castlecool and a valued member of our team. We have recently offered Catherine a full time position as energy management and development engineer. With Catherine’s skill set and drive, it is no surprise to us that she has been recognised as one of Ireland’s top graduate employees.” 

Castlecool has a solid customer base and works with some of Ireland’s major food and beverage companies, North as well as South. Located in counties Monaghan and Louth, at three sites in Castleblayney, Lough Egish and Dundalk, Castlecool has a warehouse capacity of 285,000 sq ft along with 44,500 pallet spaces.

“I was surprised yet delighted to hear that I had been shortlisted for the GradIreland Awards,” said Catherine Conaghan, energy management and development engineer, Castlecool. “To be recognised for my achievements in renewable energy in Castlecool is a big honour. The GradIreland awards are recognised nationwide and I am just so pleased to have been given the opportunity to put my college theory into practice and be part of an award winning company.”

As part of the FUSION programme at Castlecool, Catherine has developed a software model to monitor energy and power usage of the company’s machinery and cold stores. With Catherine’s support, Castlecool is providing even better services for its customers.

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