A highly prized asset

Triona McInerney was in the front line of the battle to win the Information Age Town title for Ennis. She talked to Rose Doyle

PRAISE for Triona McInerey from her colleagues on the task force was generous and universal on the night of the big win. Her "great personal commitment" was much praised, while TJ Waters, president of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, declared elegantly that: "Triona has lived, ate and drank the project for the last eight months. Sheís on record as saying that sheíd have died if we didnít win."

Triona McInerey doesnít quite go along with the bit about dying for the project but does admit, laughing and rueful, that she put everything she could into the eight months. "Iím sure Iíve got no friends left because Iíve tried their patience so much. Iíve even put my relationship on the line." Sheís only half serious about the latter. Probed a little, she admitted that her patient nameless Kerryman would be waiting.

She is, she says, "a child and adult of Ennis" with a degree from the University of Limerick in Business and Marketing (she mirrored in Information Technology). Before she was taken on by Ennis Chamber of Commerce as development officer for the town, she worked for FAS on an Ennis promotion survey. When she says she had 11 trainees and worked hard on that project, you know that is exactly what she did. Hard work, enthusiasm and energy is what she brings to everything she does.

Especially to the Ennis Information Age project. Her commitment was bolstered by a deep belief that they could win, and no one, not even her 87-year-old grandfather, escaped her attention when it came to involving them.

"He surfs the net," she says, proud of her progressive grandfather, "it allows him to keep in touch with friends in the USA. Technology is great in that way, in that it ensures that older people who are not so mobile arenít alienated. On the task force we had great feed-back and ideas from people of all ages. One fantastic 15-year-old, his name is Eoghan O Conchuir, really showed us whatís out there and what young people can do. The whole thing is a continuos learning curve and weíre all learning, all the time."