Fingal Hubs Connected have the craic with ‘How to Gael’

20th March 2024

Posted In: FYI

To highlight the three Fingal Hubs Connected locations in Mulhuddart, Drinan in Swords and Balbriggan, the Hubs’ creative studio at Drinan recently had the ‘craic’ playing host to Doireann, Louise and Siomha of How to Gael, Ireland’s new and extremely popular bilingual podcast.

Fingal Hubs Connected are based in Fingal County Council’s three Enterprise Centres, BASE in Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, Drinan Enterprise Centre in Swords and BeAt Balbriggan. Studio Drinan allows for podcasts or webcasts, ideal for anyone looking to market goods or services. Fingal Hubs Connected offers excellent facilities and networking opportunities for local workers while giving the local economy a boost.

Already up and running and available for booking, the Hubs are flexible, modern and affordable with internet access and other services like meeting rooms, free car parking, tea/coffee facilities and a dedicated reception team which can provide printing, post, scanning, copying and typing at competitive rates.

How to Gael are the new generation of Irish speakers who are living, working, socialising and reviving an Ghaeilge in a way that is suimiuil, spraoiúil agus just good craic with weekly catch ups where current affairs, popular culture and just general gossip will also bí á bplé.  Louise Cantillon is the new presenter of the lunchtime slot on Today FM while Doireann Ni Ghlacain and Siomha ni Ruairc are presenter and producer respectively on TG4.

Their two lively podcasts recorded at the Swords hub covering everything from how to have self-discipline, how to Hygge and, to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilege, five things you should never say to Gaeilgeoirí, will be released this month. They can be heard on Spotify, Podtail, Apple, Google and Acast.

“We have a very high commuting population in Fingal, and with the advent of remote working, there’s a big appetite for reducing the time spent commuting,” said John Quinlivan, Director of Service, Economic, Enterprise, Tourism and Cultural Development Department at Fingal County Council.

“Providing local facilities supports remote working, while acting as a boost to the local economy.”

In addition to high-quality, well-run facilities, the Fingal Hubs Connected also offer the chance to interact and network with other remote workers during the working day.

“It doesn’t suit everyone to be at home five days a week and we’re finding that people want to come out and be with other people. It’s also a great way to spark new ideas, those watercooler-type moments that could lead to a mutually beneficial collaboration. There’s huge potential there,” said John.

Fingal Hubs Connected list their available desks and meeting rooms on   The website is run by the National Hub Network, a government initiative that allows individual hubs to come together under a shared identity to maximise the economic opportunity of remote working.  Users can also rent desks, meeting rooms and host events at other hubs across the country.

The Hubs are central to Fingal County Council’s aim to promote a dynamic, sustainable and inclusive economy that is enabled by strong infrastructure, collaboration and skills under its recently adopted economic development strategy.

Fingal Hubs Connected is supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development.

How to Gael’s Siomha ni Ruairc said “The creative studio at Fingal Hubs Connected in the Drinan Enterprise Centre in Swords was a great place for us to record our first ever off-site podcast – we’re used to Louise’s apartment, so this was a little snazzier! The facilities are foirfe for anyone looking to achieve professional standard recordings in their own time – for freelance audio projects as well as corporate audio productions. The studio technology and accessibility for users makes it a great place to produce, mix and record a high-quality podcast.”

How to Gael is holding its first-ever show at Liberty Hall Theatre in Dublin on Monday 8th April 2024.  For tickets, visit or ticketmaster.

Pictured (l-r): Doireann Ni Ghlacain, Siomha Ni Ruairc and Louise Cantillon of How To Gael.