Appointment of Centre Director, Mary Kearney


Announcing the Appointment of Centre Director, Mary Kearney to The Digital Futures Manufacturing Centre, at the Market Yard Sligo.

The newly established Digital Futures Manufacturing Centre in Sligo has appointed Mary Kearney as their new Centre Director.  The centre was set-up through a consortium of IT Sligo and Sligo and Leitrim County Councils and was funded by Enterprise Ireland.  The newly established base will be a centre of excellence to prepare companies in the Northwest to embrace new technologies such as automation and Artificial Intelligence and establish Sligo as a research lead in manufacturing supply chains.

The development of the Digital Future Manufacturing Centre (Working title) is making great progress and Mary’s first task as Centre Director will be to go to tender to upgrade and adapt the Market Yard Building in Sligo to accommodate the project.

Mary commenced her new post on April 12th and over the coming weeks Mary will be engaging with all the various stakeholders to introduce herself and the new centre.

Chris O’Malley, IT Sligo Vice President of Research Innovation and Enterprise welcomed the appointment of Mary Kearney to the position:

“This is a very exciting project and will prepare industries across the region in the fast changing manufacturing industry in what is regarded as the fourth industrial revolution, known as Industry 4.0. Mary has many years experience across a diverse range of industries which will be very beneficial in her new role.  Over the coming weeks Mary will be making contact with all our stakeholders to network and engage with industry to refine the vision, mission and services offered in this new national Centre for Future Manufacturing.”

Mary is Business & Operations professional with over 25 years’ experience across a wide range of industries which include high speed manufacturing, financial services, medical devices, utilities, Supply Chain and logistics. Mary has a reputation for driving Operational Excellence and delivering business and financial performance. She more recently held the role of Chief Operations Officer for Parcel Connect Ltd where she led Operations, Quality, Compliance and Logistics for the company in addition to managing the company’s operational transformation and automation. Before that, Mary was Operations Director for the Nightline Group where she was responsible for Operations, 3PL and logistics. Mary and her family recently moved from Dublin and are now based in Dromod, Leitrim. Mary holds a MBA from Michael Smurfit business school and more recently a Diploma in Organisational Transformation and Change also from the Smurfit Business School.

Mary Kearney is looking forward to meeting manufacturing companies in the Northwest in her new position:

“I am both delighted and excited to be leading the development of this new Centre which I believe will be of major importance in assisting companies in the North West region to adopt and benefit from the new technologies associated with industry 4.0.  The Centre will also provide a central location for industry collaboration and space for companies to meet and explore new projects and technologies as well as providing a gateway to the other great Centres such as Confirm, I-Form and IMR. I am looking forward to meeting and working with both our stakeholders and companies in the region to define our overall mission and purpose so that the Centre can support the key business challenges associated with these new technologies.”

For further information about the The Digital Futures Manufacturing Centre, please contact: Dr Chris O’Malley, Vice President of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at IT Sligo, email