Our Story

The PorterShed is a coworking and collaborative space for Technology focused Innovation Driven Enterprises. At PorterShed our focus is to build, grow, scale and innovate the Galway Tech ecosystem. Community, Collaboration and Coworking the three pillars of the PorterShed.

Our Team

PorterShed allows entrepreneurs to use collaborative spaces and mingle with other entrepreneurs.

  • Niamh Costello
    Niamh Costello
    Director
    General Manager of Galway Technology Centre. Niamh has 20 years of management experience in sales, marketing, staff management, company administration with both multinational and small indigenous ICT companies.
  • Maurice O’Gorman
    Maurice O'Gorman
    Chairperson
    Maurice has over 25 years of experience in financial markets, is a former central banker and investment banker and has led a number of large scale projects, including the establishment of the Saudi Arabian Stock Exchange and the King Abdullah Financial District.
  • Mary Rodgers
    Mary Rodgers
    Innovation Community Manager
    Innovation Community Manager, Amplifying the Galway tech ecosystem. Lecture, entrepreneur, US market entry specialist. A recognised influencer in international business circles. Passionate about driving sales, eager to connect people and always looking to pay it forward.
  • John Breslin
    John Breslin
    Director
    Professor of Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway. John is also a Co-PI at the €47M Confirm Centre and the €49M Insight Centre, and an FI at the VistaMilk Centre. As an entrepreneur, he is Co-Founder of boards.ie and adverts.ie, and won two IIA Net Visionary awards.
  • Evin Cusack
    Evan Cusack
    Director
    Head of AIB in Galway and Mayo, leads over 200 colleagues in delivering the well-managed growth of a multi-faceted banking operation. Evin has 30 years of banking experience ranging from retail through commercial and corporate banking.
  • David Cunningham
    David Cunningham
    Director
    David is the owner of Beolas Teoranta which has interests in Business conferences and Medical devices but his main work is in Fintech. He was the founder of the Lean Startup Conference in London and is the Founder of The Irish Fintech Forum. He is a partner in new Venture Capital firm Rockyshore Partners that works with and invests in Irish Technology startups.
  • Conor O’Dowd
    Conor O'Dowd
    Director
    Chief Executive Officer at the Port of Galway Prior to joining the Port, Conor was an Audit Director at KPMG. Specific areas of expertise include audit, financial reporting, accounting, governance and financial planning.
  • Aoife Cheung
    Aoife Cheung
    Administration Lead
    It’s pretty simple: office administration is my passion. Day to day; devising ways to streamline processes. Dedicated, approachable, reliable, personable and motivated.
  • Anthony Shaughnessy
    Anthony Shaughnessy
    Community Liason Manager
    Passionate about entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses. Fast adapter to new technologies with a problem-solving mindset. Digital Media Masters graduate, with a toolbox of digital skills and technical knowledge. Likes to enhance internal and external digital communications.  Weekend Aerial Videographer and digital content creator.