Software firm takes lease at Tramore’s Civic Office


NearForm aims to create 100 jobs at new HQ

The news that Waterford company NearForm Ltd has taken out a medium-term lease with Waterford City & County Council in Tramore’s Civic Office building is a ‘hugely welcome’ development according to Councillor John Cummins.

He was reacting to the news that the company, with a current address at the Research and Innovation Centre at Carriganore, has taken out a lease on Convent Hill that will initially run for just under five years.

The company’s Tramore-born Chief Executive, Cian Ó Maidín, hopes to create as many as 100 jobs over the next three years in a bid to establish the town as Ireland’s version of Silicon Valley. Initially, a staff of 23 will be based in their new offices.

Established in 2011 by Mr Ó Maidín and Dunmore Road native Richard Roger (previously with Feed Henry), NearForm “are pioneers of Node.js which is effectively a software platform that enables enterprises to create lean, efficient, high performing software systems, quickly and easily,” said Cllr Cummins (Fine Gael).

“I had the pleasure of working with the co-founder of NearForm Cian Ó Maidín when he brought the very first Node Conference to Waterford which I was honoured to speak at.”

Cllr Cummins added: “In an era of rapidly growing software systems, NearForm is well placed to capitalise on the demand for better enterprise systems and I’ve no doubt they will continue to grow their client base which includes the likes of Intel.”

The lease, which was approved at last Thursday’s meeting of Waterford City & County Council, “will bring the old Civic Offices back into use and gives NearForm the opportunity to expand in their own space outside the Arc Labs at Carriganore,” John Cummins added.

Tramore CBS-educated, Cian Ó Maidín is a graduate of the University of Limerick and comes from esteemed computer development stock; his father Donncha initiated the first Computer Science degree at Waterford Regional Technical College.

NearForm also has offices in both Silicon Valley and London and is intent on recruiting Irish staff currently working overseas to develop their business and enjoy the work/life balance which Tramore and Waterford provides.

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