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Washington DC – where to stay, go and eat

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua DC Cool Despite the din of traffic on the circle, the boundless exuberance of Vivaldi filled the air. On one side of the park there was an open air yoga class with about 15 lycra-clad enthusiasts, all moving gracefully through their sun salutations. They seemed to be moving in… Read more »


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I scream, you scream, we all scream for SoolNua world ICECREAM index

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua ICCA’s annual ranking of cities and countries according to their meetings business has become both the meetings industry standard for evaluating performance and the go-to source for governments and civic authorities when considering CapEx and other investment in congress tourism. We’re proud members and enthusiastic supporters of ICCA but we believe… Read more »


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Choose a job you love. You’ll never work a day in your life

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I love my job This morning on Twitter someone tweeted a statement that happily has applied to me ever since Gerry Duffy gave me my first job as a 14 year old in Deveney’s Off Licence in Terenure in 1974: Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a… 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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