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Luxembourg – big on conferences and meetings

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua We bent low as we boarded the Bombardier DHC – 8 – 400 direct flight from Dublin to Luxembourg. It was a 1 – 2 configuration with little overhead luggage space, its compact size reflecting in our minds the tininess of its country of origin. Luxembourg is only 82km… Read more »


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3 Great Speakers for your next Conference

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua FICP: the Aftermath It’s mid afternoon in mid November and I’m mid flight, returning to New York from Nassau where I attended the annual conference of the Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP). Many of my fellow passengers aboard jetBlue 1222 were attendees at the event too but most… Read more »


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Dancing at the Fountain: Book Review

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Back in the K Club again It was great to be back at the K Club. Neither @Supergreybeard nor I could recall precisely the last time we were there but it was definitely during the Ovation years in the early – mid noughties, before the roar of the Celtic Tiger was silenced by… Read more »

Padraic Gilligan

Pádraic Gilligan is currently Managing Partner at SoolNua, a boutique consultancy offering another viewpoint for meetings and events. He holds BA and MA degrees in Italian and English literature from University College Dublin and a post graduate diploma in Marketing from Boston College. Following a 13 year career in education, teaching at second and third levels, he started Delaney Marketing Consultants in 1994 with Patrick Delaney. In 2002 Delaney Marketing acquired Ovation and re-branded as Ovation Group. In June 2007 Ovation was acquired by Swiss based, MCI Group and commenced a robust global expansion programme which saw the establishment of Ovation offices at over 100 global locations...Read more »

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