How Donegal Socks are keeping National Geographic’s toes cosy on Everest!

first_imgOperating a global sock making industry from a rural part of South West Donegal’s Gaeltacht, just outside of Glenties, hasn’t hindered Martin Breslin growing his successful company Donegal Socks.In recent months his range of colourfully designed knitted socks has caught the eye of the world famous National Geographic Channel.Martin was delighted when he recently got a call from the people in National Geographic expressing their interest in having Donegal Socks as part of their product range. The company is helped out by Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme which assists entrepreneurs by encouraging new investment in Gaeltacht areas, nurturing already established businesses, and enhancing the skill base of those living in Gaeltacht communities.Martin BreslinMark Quinn, the youngest person born in Ireland to have reached the peak of Everest says Donegal Socks are his favourite to bring on long treks; “Donegal Socks will be my only choice in future for trekking, climbing and reaching the summits of challenging mountains. I expect to be continually amazed and look forward to bringing them to the summit of the next 8,000m peak that I climb.”Today,  Stocaí Dhún na nGall exports over a 100,000 pairs of socks a year to markets around the world. This growing partnership now sees Donegal Socks being sold in all National Geographic outlets around the world.“In recent years we have explored new markets and we discovered that ‘the outdoor market’ was a perfect fit for our sock range. With extensive research and development through an Údarás na Gaeltachta programme, we proved that our product was perfectly suited to the outdoor adventure market,” said Martin.“Our socks are a 100% natural product and this is exactly why the National Geographic were attracted to our product.”“The National Geographic promotes natural and cultural conservation, and shares many of the same values as Donegal Socks, so to be included in the extensive clothing range of a brand which complements everything we stand for is a fantastic achievement.”“Currently 50% of our socks are exported and as a result of this new contract we hope that our exports will increase dramatically in the next few years. The U.S alone is a huge importer of socks and to be a part of this National Geographic brand, is huge for us. We also have clients in other markets such as, Ireland, the UK, Denmark, France and Canada.”“Over the past number of years we automated some of our production line. This reinvestment has paid off and has been an essential part of our survival and growth. We plan to increase our employee numbers from 6 to 15 in the next 2 years.” “We owe a lot to Údarás na Gaeltachta who have been a huge support in helping us target new markets and who have helped us to focus on researching and developing new opportunities on a global scale.”“It gives us immense pride to see our products in airports, craft shops, tourist and visitor centres all over the world, and now in National Geographic outlets. We will continue to explore new markets and we are currently assessing opportunities on a larger scale.”“In the coming weeks we are undertaking a field trip with Údarás na Gaeltachta to Boston to explore new markets. As part of this trip Údarás have pre-arranged meetings with large buyers in the States. Our vision for the next 2 years is to concentrate on growingand expanding the business even further,” Martin concluded.For more see Údarás na Gaeltachta also offer financial and non-financial support to businesses such as Donegal Socks, as well as supplying business facilities at a competitive price to businesses in various different sectors.More than 7,000 people are employed thanks to the Údarás na Gaeltachta scheme.To learn more about Údarás na Gaeltachta’s enterprise development scheme you can visit their website.How Donegal Socks are keeping National Geographic’s toes cosy on Everest! was last modified: October 10th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal socksEverestMark Quinnmartin breslinnat geostocai dun na ngallÚdarás na Gaeltachtalast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose t

first_imgArizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu and nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu have been activated from the physically unable to perform list, the team announced Tuesday.Mathieu, the Cardinals’ 2013 third-round draft pick, suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament injury in a Dec. 8 game against the St. Louis Rams. He had 68 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble in 13 games during his rookie season. Top Stories Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Ta’amu, a fourth-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, was claimed off waivers by the Cardinals before the 2013 regular season began. He recorded seven tackles in 14 games for the Cardinals last season.Mathieu and Ta’amu were placed on the PUP list on July 23. center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson smile

first_imgArizona Cardinals running back David Johnson smiles as he gets ready to put on his football helmet during an NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Running back David Johnson threw a wrench in those plans when he was a no-show on the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp at the team’s headquarters on Tuesday.ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted the news that Johnson was skipping camp while he awaits a new deal. Johnson is entering the final year of his contract in which he will make a base salary of $1.88 million.This year, the maximum fine amounts for missing minicamp are $14,070 for the first day, $28,150 for the second day and $42,215 for the last day, for a total of $84,435. Cardinals’ Steve Wilks didn’t offer much when asked for his reaction to Johnson’s absence.Related LinksCardinals’ David Johnson skipping mandatory minicampCardinals GM Keim excited as new pieces put into place at minicampCardinals’ Peterson talks traveling around the world, Wilks’ new defenseQB Sam Bradford, Arizona Cardinals sticking to the plan“I said I wasn’t going to address players that aren’t participating,” Wilks said. “I try not to focus on that. I’m just trying to focus on the guys that are here; looking to get better each and every day with the ones that are here.”Johnson isn’t the only star player defined this week by his inaction. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald and Seahawks safety Earl Thomas are also skipping minicamp, the latter three due to contract disputes.However it plays out, Johnson’s teammates insist there are no hard feelings. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “Players, we band together, we understand what it’s all about,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “He’s a hard worker, one of the good guys — the great guys — so we’re not worried about that. He wants a new deal. It’s not the first time it’s going to happen. It probably won’t be the last time. It’s a business on both ends. We’re going to support him. He’s going to do what he thinks is right for him and his family. They’ll get it situated.”With a first-year coaching staff, the players admitted Johnson might have some catching up to do after watching practice last week and sitting out this week, but they don’t view the missed time as insurmountable.“David’s been here; he was pretty much the entire offseason,” quarterback Sam Bradford said. “He wasn’t here today but I’m not worried about David at all. He’s a tremendous player. Whenever he gets back here, I know he’ll be in shape and he’ll be ready to roll.”Wilks echoed those thoughts indirectly.“For the most part, guys have been dialed in since April 3, learning the system, doing the things they have to do in each phase and we’ve gotten to this point,” he said. “David’s not here and we’ve got to keep going. This is the National Football league. It doesn’t stop for myself or any other player.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo TEMPE, Ariz. – It’s been a while since the Cardinals had contract-related drama during offseason workouts or training camp.Team president Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim have taken great pains to shed the issues that dogged this franchise for its first two-and-a-half decades in the Valley when high-profile disputes with players such as Anquan Boldin and Darnell Dockett tarnished the team’s public image. Running back DJ Foster said it’s important to maintain a big-picture perspective on Johnson’s decision.“We all go through our challenges,” he said. “We’re all at a different place in this league when it comes to contracts, when it comes to a lot of stuff. As teammates, we just try to support each other and be there for each other and help guys get through whatever they’re going through throughout their professional career.”Johnson hasn’t reached out to Bethea for advice, but when asked what he would say to Johnson, Bethea had a simple answer.“Do whatever you feel is right,” he said. “If you feel as though this is the right thing, do that and just stand behind it.“I’m pretty sure he’s away studying, so in four or five practices you can miss some stuff, but it’s not going to hinder you from being able to do what we need to do once the season gets here. Let him take care of his business. He’ll be back.” – / 9 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 5 Comments   Share   Top Stories last_img read more