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Killarney – the things I love there

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua As a professional in the meetings industry I get to go nice places, stay in nice hotels, eat in nice restaurants and drink nice cocktails that someone else is often paying for.  At least that’s they way it often appears to my family and friends and, frankly, I’ve long… Read more »


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Why meetings really matter: reflections on NAMID

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The inaugural North America Meetings Industry Day (NAMID) on Thursday 16 April was an opportunity to put our industry in the spotlight and, in particular, to underline the considerable economic benefit that we bring to the venues, locations and destinations where meetings and events take place. The NAMID initiative… Read more »


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How can Ireland remain competitive for conferences?

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I pulled back the curtains in anticipation of waking in a room with a view and when I awoke there it was,  in all its glittering morning glory, the Sugar Loaf, beautifully framed in the floor-to-ceiling window, a modest mountain by world standards, but massive to us who live in… 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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