The 3 Ingredients for a Great Event

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Kildare Village

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Yesterday the SoolNua crew participated at Site Ireland’s annual summer event and came away inspired, energized and truly motivated. And it wasn’t just the unabated sunshine – temperatures were 25 degree +. Upon reflection this morning I realized the event involved the rather rare perfect alignment of 3 key… Read more »

Croagh Patrick, The Greenway and Westport House

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Westport was recently voted the best place to live in Ireland, an accolade that has nothing to do with the clemency of the weather there as the town is right on the Wild Atlantic Way where the weather is as unpredictable as the moody Atlantic itself. I’ve experienced blistering… Read more »

Large Events: Garth Brooks and the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua B2B and B2C Most discourse in the meetings industry tends to coalesce around “private” events for individuals, companies or associations. Occasionally, when a private event is particularly large – the welcome event for a city wide convention of 20,000, for example – we need to interface with civic and… Read more »

Dublin for incentives – how to do a great site inspection

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I remember that Summer in Dublin … It was a warm 22 degrees and the mid morning streets of Dublin were bathed in bright July sunshine. Our pop-up café culture was already in full swing, the pavements crammed with  cool people drinking all sorts of coffees and coloured juices… Read more »

It’s the culture, stupid!

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” Peter Drucker I’ve been thinking a lot recently about workplace culture. In fact it’s been the leitmotif recurring in all our projects since SoolNua launched 6 months ago, back in January. The entry point for these projects may have been strategic direction or product development… Read more »

New Orleans – a heart and soul for meetings and incentives

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Frisson of Excitement The French Quarter was largely unaffected when Hurricane Katrina caused Armageddon-like devastation in New Orleans in 2005. So on the first morning, as my colleague Aoife and I ambled around on a jet-lagged pre-dawn stroll, it was just as I remembered it from way back. The… Read more »

Should Meetings be categorised with Travel and Tourism?

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua James Lancaster of CAT Publications’ Association Meetings International (AMI) hates “annoying inconsistency” and “an excess of meaningless verbiage” (see his excellent recent article here). I’m with him on both counts although now I’m second guessing whether hating an “excess” of meaningless verbiage means that we both actually tolerate small amounts… Read more »

Tales about Sales and Riding on a Smile and a Shoeshine

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Over the past year or two my heavily laden book shelves have been augmented with great publications by family and friends. My niece Shauna Gilligan released her wonderful debut novel Happiness comes from nowhere while Paul Lyng, my late Mother’s youngest brother, added a third volume to his great… Read more »

IMEX14: the Economic Impact of Events

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua I got the moves like Jagger The dance floor was packed like a mosh pit with more moves going on than a nation of nomads. The band was tight and tidy, dishing out tasty versions of 60s Brit pop with Jaggeresque arrogance. As we punched the air to “Satisfaction”… Read more »

IMEX Frankfurt – what happens before the doors opens

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by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua From zero to hero When I departed Salzburg late on Saturday afternoon rain was general all over the city. It was also raining in my heart. I felt gouged by the €4.20 I was charged at the airport there for a crappy cappuccino and devastated that Arsenal was down… Read more »