Professionals from the technology, financial services, legal, engineering and new media sectors were warmly welcomed to No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place on November 27 for Irish family business Glandore’s annual alumni celebration featuring guest speaker, Thomas Moran, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Eaton Corporation.
During the evening, which commenced with a drinks reception and saw Glandore international and indigenous alumni reunited over an intimate, five-course dinner, guests met with each other and reconnected with the Glandore team in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. The event offered an informative and enjoyable networking opportunity for Glandore alumni, Glandore team members, IDA Ireland, Ireland's inward investment promotion agency and Enterprise Ireland, who are responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.
Guests enjoyed the opportunity to hear where it all began, the growth of Glandore throughout the years and how it has supported foreign direct investment (FDI) and indigenous growth in Ireland from Glandore's Managing Director Michael Kelly, who offered a “Failte Ui Ceallaigh”, the famous “O’Kelly Welcome”.
‘Tonight, like last year’s event is an opportunity to celebrate the success of Glandore’s Alumni companies, both indigenous and international, and the individuals that have been instrumental to their growth in Ireland,’ Kelly said. ‘Glandore are very proud to have accommodated all of you and your teams in Dublin and it gives us huge pleasure to welcome you back to where it all began’.
Michael Kelly sincerely commended guests in his speech, and mentioned how the Glandore team have been hugely inspired by the company cultures and innovative mindsets of the companies and individuals in the room. He also discussed his hopes that the Glandore Alumni Network will connect with, and become a source of support and mentorship for, Glandore’s current member companies that are starting out on their journey in Ireland.
Recognising the ‘tremendous work of IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland’, highlighting their commitment to supporting and scaling Irish companies as well as winning foreign direct investment for Ireland, Kelly said, ‘Ireland continues to play a very strong role in attracting significant foreign direct investment, and we are ideally placed as a gateway for international firms to do business both in Europe and beyond. Ambition for and support of Irish companies is also critical, as these companies are the workhorses of the Irish economy’.
Guest speaker Thomas Moran shared insights and an in-depth overview of the Eaton Corporation journey in setting up in Ireland. With close ties to Ireland, Moran spoke about how he used to lead tours and teach Irish history and literature in the United States. When the time arose that Eaton Corporation purchased an Irish company called Cooper Industries, they decided to form a new company in Ireland and, because of Moran's ties, they asked him to open the office.
Moran continued to highlight the great work being done by IDA Ireland, how today they still remain involved and extremely helpful. Moran wholly encouraged companies to seek out the IDA in furthering their growth and development in Ireland. Observing that many companies in the room were in-fact FDI companies, Moran strongly encouraged those to go back to their headquarters and remind them of how valuable and beneficial it is to be based in, and to have set up, a company in Ireland. He also praised the benefits of networking and advised those in the room to 'always accept an invitiation to events such as these'.
Addressing BREXIT, Moran also spoke of some of the challenges and implications it could have on Eaton Corporation and the future of manufacturing in the UK.
He concluded by commending Glandore’s efforts in assisting and facilitating Eaton Corporation during its 2.5 year stay in Fitzwilliam Hall and first home on Irish soil, one that they certainly remember fondly.
See images from the evening here.
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