8th September, 2016

Inaugural Belfast Event 2016

The best of Belfast came to launch the newest chapter of The Ireland Funds Young Leaders on Thursday 8 September.

Kindly hosted by Joint Secretary Ruairí de Búrca at his residence in Belfast, over 70 guests joined the Young Leaders’ steering committee: Conor Houston, Jonny Elliott, Ryan Feeney, Emma Hunt, Caroline McNeill, Gareth Quinn, and Andrew Trimble, along with Ireland Funds Board Members Trevor Ringland and Hugo MacNeill.

The evening began with Ruairí de Búrca welcoming guests to his home. Conor Houston, Chair of the steering committee, then spoke about his experiences with The Ireland Funds, the invaluable work they have done in Northern Ireland, and his hopes for a vibrant Young Leaders chapter in Belfast. Trevor Ringland recalled stories from his days as a rugby international star, playing alongside fellow Board Member Hugo MacNeill, and spoke candidly about Belfast’s past and it’s bright future. Young Leaders Director, Siobhán Gallagher, then spoke about her personal experience with the Young Leaders both locally and internationally.

After the speeches, guests mingled and were entertained by Rhian Henson playing the traditional Irish harp.

For more information on the Belfast Young Leaders please contact Siobhán Gallagher sgallagher@irlfunds.org