Cork equipped to be the centre of offshore wind farms
Colette Sheridan of the Echo Live spoke with Green Rebel Marine director Pearse Flynn about servicing the future of Ireland’s green energy revolution
SUCH is the level of interest in a Cork man’s latest venture that he is comparing it to the gold rush in California in the latter half of the 19th century, which attracted hundreds of thousands of prospectors.
Pearse Flynn, who describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, has invested €10 million of his own money into a business that will service the future needs of offshore wind farms. His new company, Green Rebel Marine, will create 80 new jobs.
Pearse has also acquired Crosshaven Boatyard, a nine acre site that will serve as a base for the operation to survey, equip and service a network of planned wind farms along the Irish coast. The boatyard will continue its normal operations.
According to this businessman, Cork is equipped to be the centre of offshore wind farms in this country and there is potential for it to be a big industry, generating power in an environmentally friendly way.
Pearse, currently based in Scotland, is from Ballycotton in County Cork and has built a house there to which he’ll move when the pandemic travel restrictions are lifted. He has always had an interest in marine matters.
“You don’t grow up in Ballycotton without having an interest in the sea. My family on my mother’s side were into the fishing business. It was a summer tradition that you worked on fishing boats during the holidays. It would soften your cough in terms of what hard work really is.”