Web Design & Development

Francis is the owner of Croan.ie, the website design and development company. Croan.ie offers Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), e-Business consulting, website design, web development, web site hosting and website optimisation services in Ireland from its offices in Kilkenny and Cork. […]

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Business Development Consulting

For many start-ups and for some small & medium food manufacturers, running a business can be a confusing and isolating role. While Local Enterprise Offices can provide invaluable tools, navigating the services available can sometimes be as confusing as establishing […]

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Web Education & Training

Having worked with Internet technologies since 1994 (that’s right – 1994!) I have witnessed the web evolve from a communication tool to the World’s most important marketing delivery channel. I can customise and deliver a wide range of internet marketing […]

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Smallholding & Lifestyle Training

All of these courses are hosted at Croan Cottages, the smallholding where I have lived with my wife Niamh for the past 13 years. Introduction to Smallholding, these two day courses cover all of the basics: Living with Livestock:an introduction […]

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Latest Blog

Mushroom Gallery

Some Mushroom shots from Autumn forays in the woods of Kilkenny.

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A chat about Bees on KCLR

In advance of the Beginners’ Beekeeping course that I am helping to organise this month, I went in to have a chat with Ken McGuire on his show on KCLR. Ken kindly recorded our chat and uploaded it on to […]

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Beginners Beekeeping Course

There have been shocking reports in recent years of the many threats facing Honeybees. It has been speculated that, because of the spread of bee parasites, virulent viruses against which they have no natural defensesand more intensive farming practices, nearly […]

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