The Ireland Funds Women in Business and Philanthropy Lunch took place in the Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel on Tuesday 14 November.
Executive Director, Siobhán Gallagher, welcomed guests and thanked everyone for their support of The Ireland Funds which “empowers change and potential”. She highlighted the important work of two organisations The Ireland Funds support, both of which were in attendance at the Lunch: Belvedere Youth Club, which helps young people living in Dublin’s North Inner City to develop confidence and determine their own futures through educational, personal, and career development, and the Royal Irish Academy of Music, which, with support from The Ireland Funds, just completed its campus redevelopment, creating a cultural and educational asset for the Irish nation.
After lunch, guests enjoyed a fascinating discussion between guest of honour, Susan Whelan OBE DL and journalist, Malanie Morris. Susan gave an overview of her career to date from Group Buyer at Aer Rianta, to managing the global purchasing department of King Power International, to being one of the most influential women in football currently serving as Chief Executive at Leicester City Football Club. She commented that she feels privileged to support The Ireland Funds as a Board Director in Great Britain because of what it stands for and the generosity of its network.
Guests were also treated to a special performance by the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
The event was co-chaired by Emer Gilvarry, Caroline Kennedy, Louise Kennedy.
Thank you to our generous event supporters: Castlemartyr Resort, Institute of Dermatologists, Ireland’s Blue Book, Louise Kennedy, Sheen Falls Lodge, The K Club, The Merrion Hotel, Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort.
Photos: Mark Stedman