Connect16 Dublin – why you must be there

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Who are we? Are we travel and tourism professionals who specialise in meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE)? Or meeting and event professionals helping companies and associations communicate and connect? Or maybe corporate executives who organise meetings and events for our company? Or performance improvement specialists who dream up… Read more »

Reflections on the Web Summit leaving Dublin – “It’s not you, it’s me!”

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Stuck like Glue It never happened to me – I’ve been stuck like glue to Rita Smyth since I was 19 – but others tell me that relationship break-ups often end with a statement supposed to fill the jilted party with reassurance “it’s not you, it’s me”, meaning “you haven’t… Read more »

The Dean, Dublin – a star is born

by Pádraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua The end of austerity In early 2014 following 4 successive years of severe belt tightening and austerity Ireland officially exited the bailout programme imposed by our masters in Europe. The years of hardship were not good for the hospitality sector in Ireland with many hotels re-possessed by the banks,… Read more »

Ireland: Food Nation

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Collective Confusion Ireland’s historical relationship with food has tended to be problematical. Our DNA has tended to be encoded with vague, indistinct memories of famine and fasting leaving us collectively confused about the purpose and meaning of food in our lives. We were less unsure, mind you, about our… Read more »

Are airlines and hotels really listening on Social Media?

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua For those of us who travel for a living, access to Social Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Trip Advisor has become almost as essential as carrying multiple credit cards. If you’re in the meetings and events industry then social media become even more crucial because the content… Read more »

Dublin – 10 things to do off-the-beaten track

by Padraic Gilligan, Managing Partner, SoolNua Off-Beat and Off-the-Beaten Track There were quibbles following the recent Travel Bloggers [TBEX] conference in Dublin that these intrepid investigators didn’t really showcase anything new or different about the city. Their coverage tended to focus on what’s already known and loved  – Trinity, Guinness, friendly people etc – and,… Read more »