The story of Solas is the story of rebirth from a derelict industrial wasteland to an Eco Hub of sustainability, community and thriving local economy.
On what was once Ireland’s Largest steel fabricator ‘Butler’s Steel’
the 9-acre site and 76,000 sq feet of warehouses and offices had lain abandoned for over a decade before being purchased by several local business people in 2017.
So began the struggle to breathe life back into a brownfield waste –
reroofing, rewiring and reimagining former workshops into hubs
of commerce, Agribusiness and employment. Later came the garden
centre – housed entirely within revamped warehouses and repurposed
40ft containers. Like its centrepiece lighthouse, the project shines as a beacon of what is possible. This hub of Commerce, Food, Plants, Markets and Arts now employs over 100 people in Ireland’s
It means turning the end of life 40ft shipping containers
into kitchens, cafés, education spaces and lighthouses.
It means Solar Panels, EV Charging, Grid water self-
sufficiency, Waste food to chickens’ eggs, and
It means delivering real change for the better!