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    • Oisin Davis-Director, Poacher's Premium Beverages

      Oisin Davis-Director, Poacher’s Premium Beverages 

      Through his consultancy company Great Irish Beverages, Oisin Davis works on a global and local level. Brands such as Jameson employ him to assist with their international cocktail programs and training demos and he runs 32 county Irish drinks festivals.  He is also a co-owner of Poacher's Premium Beverages, Ireland's only all natural mixer company. Presentation Title: 10 Ways To Buy and Sell More Irish Drinks

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    • DR. Gearoid Cahill - Head Distiller, The Pearse Lyons Distillery

      DR. Gearoid Cahill – Head Distiller, The Pearse Lyons Distillery 

      Dr. Gearoid Cahill is the European Director of Brewing Science with Alltech, based in their European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland. He brings to Alltech a wealth of experience, having previously served as the Head of Science for Diageo (Guinness). With more than 20 years brewing experience at a global level, Cahill turned his hand to distilling. Over the past 2 years he has completed comprehensive training at The Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. in Kentucky and currently holds a Certificate in Distilling from The Institute of Brewing & Distilling, whilst pursuing further dis...

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    • Michael Clancy-Director,	FDT Consulting Engineers & Project Managers Ltd

      Michael Clancy-Director, FDT Consulting Engineers & Project Managers Ltd 

      An Agricultural and Food Engineer, Michael joined FDT in 1998 and has been Project Engineer, Manager and Consultant to Beverage, Food and Pharma companies in Ireland and Internationally.  Michael is experienced in Sustainable Production, with experience of projects for The EPA, SEAI and recently led an EU Eco-Innovation project (PUReOPE). Presentation title: Water, Water: An Opportunity or a Challenge? PRESENTATION SYNOPSIS: Good Management of Water is one of the principal means that Food and Drink organisations can reduce thei...

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    • Colm O’Reilly – CEO, Irish Pubs Global Federation

      Colm O’Reilly – CEO, Irish Pubs Global Federation 

      Colm is CEO of Kilcullen Kapital Partners a boutique Private Equity investment platform that are investors in Irish Pubs Global Federation. Colm is currently working on a year-long secondment with Irish Pubs Global Federation. Colm has 20+ years’ management experience in the Drinks, Leisure Retail, Licenced Trade and Hospitality industries gained in Ireland and the UK. After starting his career in leisure retailing and licensed premises with Bass Plc, Colm went on to hold senior finance and leadership team roles at Horizon Technology Group Plc, Diageo Plc, Choice Hotels Ireland Group and most ...

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    • Dónal Comerford- Head of Reserve Brands Ireland, Diageo Ireland.

      Dónal Comerford- Head of Reserve Brands Ireland, Diageo Ireland. 

       I’ve worked with Diageo since 2010, starting as a Brewer before moving across to the Sales arena via Customer Marketing. I’ve been based in Ireland, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, and London. I recently returned to Ireland to set up a team dedicated to promoting premium and luxury spirits for Diageo across the Island of Ireland. My main focus brands include Ketel One vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN gin, Roe & Co. Irish whiskey, Bulleit Bourbon, Ciroc vodka, Ron Zacapa rum, Don Julio tequila and our Classic Malts. Collectively they are known as our Reserve Portfolio. Pres...

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    • Serghios Florides-Director, Irish Whiskey Magazine

      Serghios Florides-Director, Irish Whiskey Magazine 

      Having spent 25 years working in the technology sector, in October 2016 Serghios decided to move on to pursue his passion for Irish whiskey full-time and establish Irish Whiskey Magazine, the world's only magazine dedicated to Irish whiskey. He is a member of several whiskey societies and an advocate for the promotion of the entire sector from farming right through to the consumer.

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    • Jonathan McDade - Senior Executive, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, Ibec

      Jonathan McDade – Senior Executive, Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, Ibec 

      Jonathan is Head of the Irish Brewers Association and is a Senior Executive with the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland.  Jonathan has over ten years of experience working on a variety of communications roles including four years at Murray Consultants.  Specialising in public and corporate affairs, he has worked for a wide range of clients including Sisk Group, Stobart Air, Three Ireland, the Referendum Commission and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland .  Jonathan's political experience includes work as Senior Press Officer for the Ireland for Europe Lisbon treaty referendum ...

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    • Stuart McNamara - IrishWhiskey.com

      Stuart McNamara – IrishWhiskey.com 

      Stuart is a well known Irish Whiskey writer and aficionado who grew up near Kinsale in West Cork. This may explain his passion for excellence in Irish Food and Drink and also his love of all things connected to the sea. His early influencers were Keith Floyd and also Derek Davis who he worked with on the Out of the Blue TV series. As Owner – Editor of IrishWhiskey.com, IrishWhiskey.fr and a new Irish Whiskey Tourism ...

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    • Fergal Murray - Former Master Brewer Diageo

      Fergal Murray – Former Master Brewer Diageo 

      Fergal Murray’s career as the Guinness Master Brewer has been extraordinary.  It has taken him across the globe and secured his reputation as a leader in the brewing industry. His contribution had a significant impact on the growth of the guinness brand across multiple platforms. There is no real comparison in the world of brewing  to the experience of learning  the science, art and craft of brewing,  which has been handed down over the generations, at St James’s Gate Brewery.    Fergal as a custodian of the immense brewing knowledge and craft brought these skills to his role as Guinness Globa...

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    • Louise Mc Guane-Irish Whiskey Bonder - The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company

      Louise Mc Guane-Irish Whiskey Bonder – The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company 

      In 2015 Louise left the corporate world of global drinks brands to build a Global Irish Whiskey Brand of her own and to secure the future of her family farm. She has brought back the lost art of Irish Whiskey Bonding & is an independently bottling under the J.J. Corry brand. Presentation Title: Why Transparency in Marketing matters for your brand More today than ever before

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    • Nicholas Cook-Director General,The Gin Guild

      Nicholas Cook-Director General,The Gin Guild 

      Nicholas Cook is the Director General of the Gin Guild. He was appointed to the role in 2012, when the organisation was incorporated by the Worshipful Company of Distillers (one of the historical livery companies of London, formed in 1638). Members of the Gin Guild include such brands as Gordon’s, Tanqueray, Beefeater, Plymouth, Bombay Sapphire, Hendrick’s, Greenalls, Haymans, Palmers, Martin Miller’s, Broker’s and a multitude of smaller distilleries and brands, from Adnams to Warner Edwards. Members have grown year on year since incorporation, both UK and international. Countries represent...

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    • Maria Edgeworth-Associate, Leman Solicitors

      Maria Edgeworth-Associate, Leman Solicitors 

      Maria Edgeworth is an Associate in Leman Solicitors. With a niche expertise in Liquor Licensing, Maria works for the country’s largest entertainment groups and venues, licensing many well-known ventures, including hotels, restaurants, pubs and retail units. Recent work includes licensing large scale commercial units/developments, some receiving multi-million euro fit outs, and also providing bespoke advises on unique projects which can involve conservation and/or planning considerations. All applications are strictly project managed to ensure all premises are licensed on time and at an agreed ...

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    • Jarrod Cuffe-Partner, Off The Cuffe.

      Jarrod Cuffe-Partner, Off The Cuffe. 

      As an ex-chef, Jarrod Cuffe has always believed in the importance of flavour balance. He also likes interacting with people so he left the kitchen life behind and became a bartender. Originally from Australia, Jarrod has worked in bars in Paris, London & Dublin.

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    • Oli Cavanagh-Founder,Flender –Crowd Finance for the Hospitality Industry  Ireland

      Oli Cavanagh-Founder,Flender –Crowd Finance for the Hospitality Industry Ireland 

      Oli has a background in technology startups. He founded or led sales in several technology firms with successful exits (ChangingWorlds, Brite:Bill, CI Solutions, fPrint) achieving a total acquisition value of over £170 million. Prior to founding Flender, Oli ran ICT sales in Ireland for Ericsson, the world’s largest communications technology company. Presentation Title:  Crowdfunding For Bar & Restaurant Expansion

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    • Elaine Sloan-Director, Behaviour & Attitudes.

      Elaine Sloan-Director, Behaviour & Attitudes. 

      Elaine is a Director of B&A.  She began her career in Irish Marketing Surveys and joined B&A when it was initially established in 1985.  Elaine handles both quantitative and qualitative consumer studies and now has 32 years’ experience of listening to and reporting on consumer trends. Presentation Title Is the image of the drinking Irish now a myth?   B&A have been collecting information on frequency of going to pubs, restaurants and home consump...

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    • Fiachra Fallon Verbruggen- CEO,  DropOff

      Fiachra Fallon Verbruggen- CEO, DropOff 

      Fiachra Fallon Verbruggen is the CEO of DropOff, offering Irish independent off-licences a way to efficiently sell their products, via the DropOff app for Apple and Android devices, to their new and existing customers cheaply, safely and securely. Presentation Title:   DropOff: An Appy Convenience.   With Irish consumers spending €850,000 an hour online are you worried you’re not tapping into this market? You’re not alone, 91% of Irish SMEs don’t have an online sales platforms and are losing out to the more convenient supermarkets and chain stores. What if you could ge...

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    • Aoife Hamill-Project Manager, FDT Consulting Engineers and Project Managers, Ireland

      Aoife Hamill-Project Manager, FDT Consulting Engineers and Project Managers, Ireland 

      A chemical engineer, Aoife joined FDT in 2009. As a Project Manager, Aoife has worked with many breweries and distilleries in Ireland and internationally.  Aoife is experienced in process and utility design and energy efficiency as well as process safety in brewing and distilling (including ATEX and HAZOP studies). She has completed research studies for the EPA on the topic of efficient use of co-products. PRESENTATION SYNOPSIS: Essential Safety Advice for Brewers and Distillers This presentation outlines some of the most risky activities in breweries and disti...

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    • David Connolly-Business Advisor , Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City

      David Connolly-Business Advisor , Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City 

      Dave Connolly is a Business Advisor with the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Dublin City and has responsibility for the development of companies operating in the food and drink sector. David has held enterprise development positions with Dundalk Institute of Technology and Enterprise Ireland, working with companies from Pre- Startup to Scaling.   Presentation Title: Access to supports including finance through the Local Enterprise Offices.

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    • Ella Nawrot-Event Planner and Tour Guide, Connacht Whiskey

      Ella Nawrot-Event Planner and Tour Guide, Connacht Whiskey 

      Ella is one of our tour guides here at Connacht Whiskey, she does event planning for us and tour guiding, she will be manning the exhibit also. She is actually an intern from Sligo IT studying event management and tourism and has been organising many of tourism events for us including tastings, cocktail events, the Ballina Salmon Festival and the Food Fleadh and Craft Spirit Festival in Ballina. Presentation Title: The challenges of opening a visitor centre/ experience in a working distillery.

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    • Nichola Beresford-Managing Director, Anchor Spirits Ireland Limited

      Nichola Beresford-Managing Director, Anchor Spirits Ireland Limited 

      Nichola Beresford is the Managing Director of Anchor Spirits Ireland Limited based in Waterford.  Nichola, a native of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, was, along with her husband and two friends, a founding director of Anchor Spirits in 2013.  To date the company has successfully brought three multi award winning new products to market.  Nichola had no background in the drinks industry before embarking on the Anchor Spirits journey.   Presentation Title: Starting up upside down.

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