Castleisland of the Future – Economic Forum Set for September

RTÉ presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan pictured with members of Castleisland Chamber Alliance: Jeremy Burke, Mark McElligott, Seán Brosnan and chairperson, Patricia Walsh during the 2016 Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town Expo. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Castleisland Chamber Alliance will host an economic forum on Saturday, September 22nd in the River Island Hotel from 2.30pm to 5.30pm to discuss opportunities for the Castleisland area.

Castleisland people at home and abroad are being invited to attend and contribute to an ideas pool for the future development of the area.

High Profile Guests

“RTÉ journalist and presenter, Miriam O’Callaghan will direct proceedings and we have been able to secure several high profile guests with Castleisland connections to discuss their vision for the area,” said chamber spokesman, Jeremy Burke.

International Business

“All but one of the guests are from the Castleisland area and have become significant players in their sectors.

“The only ‘non native’ on the panel is Listowel man, Con Lynch who chose Castleisland as the location for his successful, international business.

“The event will consist of a brief presentation from each guest followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session which Miriam will moderate,” said Jeremy.

The Panel

The panel for the forum will consist of:

David Walsh, Group CEO, Netwatch; Liz Shanahan, Member of the Global Irish Economic Forum and current London Kerry Person of the Year; Stephen Reidy, C.I.O. Three Ireland;

Suzanne McElligott, C.E.O. of IAB Ireland and Bord Member of Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland; Con Lynch, C.E.O. Compound Feed Engineering; Orla Burke, Partner and EMEA Healtcare Lead. FleishmanHillard and John Brosnan, Co-Founder and C.E.O. Netfort.

Target Audience

“We will also hold an event in the morning which will focus on three young entrepreneurs. They are all alumni of the local secondary schools and they will make presentations of their businesses.

This session will be supported by the secondary school principals and while the target audience is primarily students, all are welcome to attend,” said Mr. Burke.

The panel for the morning event will consist of: Shane McAuliffe, McAuliffe Pig Farms and European Pig Producers Ireland; Shane O’Leary, Cordal Cheese and Ciara Murphy, Be You tiful, Beauty Salon.

Successful Economic Future

“The event promises to provide unique ideas from our very successful panelists which we expect to help Castleisland plan for a successful economic future,” Mr. Burke concluded.

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