Peter Nash
Peter NashTourism Ireland
Currently heading up the Strategy Development & Insights team at Tourism Ireland, Peter Nash has held…
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Donal Ballance
Donal BallanceBallance Hospitality
Donal has been involved in the development of Irish Pubs globally since the early 90’s. He is a career hospitality …
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Seamus O'Hara
Seamus O'HaraCarlow Brewing Company
Seamus founded Carlow Brewing Company (CBC) in 1996 and after spending a couple of years experimenting with recipes …
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Kay McCarthy
Kay McCarthyMCCP The Authentic Brand People
Kay McCarthy, Founder and Managing Director of MCCP – The Authentic Brand People has over 25 years …
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Paul O'Grady
Paul O'GradyMercantile Group
Paul O’Grady is Commercial Manager with the Mercantile Group, a Dublin based hospitality business …
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Kevin Martin
Kevin MartinAuthor
Kevin Martin taught English, communications and cultural studies for twenty-five year. He has recently released his…
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Seamus McHugh
Seamus McHughCBE
Having graduated from college with a Degree in Computer Science, Seamus spent a number of years working …
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Alan Kavanagh
Alan KavanaghAlan Kavanagh, Edward Dillon & Co.
Alan Kavanagh is recognised as Ireland’s leading drinks industry expert.
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John Fingleton
John FingletonBE.ie
John Fingleton is co-founder of bē a Hospitality Solutions Company. He has worked in the Hospitality Industry for two decades now,
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Senator Billy Lawless
Senator Billy LawlessIrish Pub Owner, Restauranteur and Irish Politician
On arriving in Chicago in 1998, Billy quickly set about opening the Irish Oak, his first pub in the US. …
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Pat Nolan
Pat NolanDrinks Industry Ireland Magazine
Pat has been writing about the drinks trade for nearly 30 years, 16 of them as editor of Drinks Industry Ireland …
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Anna McNally
Anna McNallyThe Irish Pub Company
Anna heads up marketing and business development at the Irish Pub Company and group companies in Dublin…
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Cathal Dolan
Cathal DolanGizagig
Upon leaving D.I.T. at 19, Cathal opened a night club and live music venue in his native Dundalk. This experience led him to…
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Kevin Arundel
Kevin ArundelThe Chop House
By 14, Kevin knew only one thing with certainty: someday, he was going to be a chef with his own restaurant. …
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Tom O'Reilly
Tom O'ReillyLinked Finance
Tom O’Reilly heads up the sales function in Linked Finance and is responsible for driving…
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Seaneen Sullivan
Seaneen SullivanL. Mulligan. Grocer
Seáneen is the co-owner and executive chef of L. Mulligan Grocer, an award-wining pub and restaurant in Dublin.
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Gary Pepper
Gary PepperPepper’s of Feakle
29 years ago Gary Pepper decided to create a festival around his pub and Feakle that would bring both an income and the highest standard…
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Monday 26th September

14:00 Golf Tournament (Please pre-book by email to davidjohnston@mediateam.ie)

17:30 Welcome Reception in the Swift Back Bar at Citywest Hotel.

19:00 Ol Irish Pubs Pub Tour

Tuesday 27th September

08:30 Registration Opens

09:30 Welcome from Conference Chair Pat Nolan, Drinks Industry Ireland Magazine

09:45 Keynote address from Senator Billy Lawless

10:00 The Evolution of the Irish Pub:
We take a journey through the history of the Irish Pub and what it has become today.
Kevin Martin, Author of ‘Have Ye No Homes To Go To?’

10:30 Céad Míle Fáilte- Creating the perfect Irish welcome:
The Irish are world famous for their warm welcome and hospitality; from traditional Irish food and drink, pub décor, entertainment and atmosphere.
Peter Nash, Tourism Ireland

10:45 Funding Sources- Traditional vs. non-traditional:
Planning a renovation or expansion? We explore the funding opportunities available.
Brian Gallagher, AIB & Tom O’Reilly, Linked Finance

11:00 Developing craft beer sales opportunities:
How to market your craft beer offering productively.
Seamus O’Hara, Carlow Brewing Company

11:15 Tea & coffee break, networking & exhibition

11:45 Modernising the authentic Irish pub and capturing your share of the ‘pub tourist’ market:
Visiting a traditional Irish Pub has been cited by tourists as one of the top reasons for visiting Ireland. We take a look at how to leverage seasonal custom.
Paul O’Grady, Mercantile Group

12:00 Creating a destination pub:
Gary Pepper, Pepper’s of Feakle

12:15 Presenting authentic Irish dishes:
Old favourites with a modern twist. Tips and tricks for maintaining a consistent standard of food presentation.
Kevin Arundel, The Chop House

12:30 Brews & Food- New trends in food pairing:
Knowing how to perfectly pair each dish on your menu with a beverage that will compliment its taste and quality.
Seaneen Sullivan, L. Mulligan. Grocer

12:45 Lunch break, networking & exhibition

14:00 Current trends in modern pub design:
A fresh take on the traditional Irish pub style.
Anna McNally, The Irish Pub Company

14:15 Taking the outside view- the benefit of an independent perspective : 
From focus groups to online surveys, how to utilise external resources to help manage your business more successfully.
Donal Ballance, Ballance Hospitality

15:00 Rascal’s Brewery Tour
(Book at Rascal’s Brewing stand)

15:45 Rascal’s Brewery Tour
(Book at Rascal’s Brewing stand)

16:30 Rascal’s Brewery Tour
(Book at Rascal’s Brewing stand)

17:00 Show closes.


19:00 Irish Pubs Global Awards Dinner & Hooley Night 2016

Wednesday 28th September

10:00 Registration Opens

11:00 Boosting & maintaining your pub’s profitability:
strategies for understanding and dealing with rising industry costs.
Donal Ballance, Ballance Hospitality

11:15 Targeting Generation X, Y & Z:
Attracting and building loyalty from your future regulars. How to appeal to various age groups and their different traits, trends and expectations.
Kay McCarthy, MCCP The Authentic Brand People

11:30 Creating a balanced cocktail menu- Simplicity vs. Creativity:
The possibilities for new cocktail recipes are endless and it is important to mix up your menu with fresh concepts and ideas, but let’s not underestimate a perfectly made G&T. Simple and classic.
Alan Kavanagh, Edward Dillon & Co.

11:45 Tea & coffee, networking & exhibition

12:15 Entertainment that’s all its ‘craic’d’ up to be!:
Sourcing, scheduling and marketing entertainment in your pub.
Cathal Dolan, Gizagig

12:30 Standards and professionalism needed to sustain economic, environmental and social growth within the communities we operate in.
John Fingleton, BE.ie

12:45 Lunch break, networking & exhibition

14:00 The latest technology innovations for the pub sector:
From new booking apps, electronic ordering, staff sheduling, POS systems, customer interaction and more.
Seamus McHugh, CBE

14:30 Pub Panel:
Promises a lively and informative discussion around some of the most important issues and opportunities for Irish Pub owners and managers today.
Deirdre Devitt, Geoff Carty, Daniel Devine


15:00 Rascal’s Brewery Tour
(Book at Rascal’s Brewing stand)

15:45 Rascal’s Brewery Tour
(Book at Rascal’s Brewing stand)

16:30 Rascal’s Brewery Tour
(Book at Rascal’s Brewing stand)

17:00 Show closes.



*Programme subject to change