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Network Ireland Limerick - A Narrative for Future Limerick

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A Narrative for Future Limerick

The event will start at 6pm for registration, open networking and refreshments in Treaty City Brewery.

Kick off at 6.30pm sharp with our Members Spolight Challenge.

Network Ireland Limerick is hosting an event that will examine current perceptions of Limerick and the importance of fostering and embracing a positive narrative so that true future success across various aspects of Limerick life can be achieved.

Organised in collaboration with Narrative 4 with the support of the Local Enterprise Office, this event will take place at Treaty City Brewery, Medieval Quarter Limerick, from 6pm on 20th November and is open for everyone to attend.

The future of Limerick’s food and hospitality, arts and culture, retail and commercial sectors will all be addressed by experts in their fields in a panel discussion facilitated by James Lawlor, Narrative 4. Panellists include Michelle Brassil, Studio Manager at Troy Studios, Dee Ryan, CEO, Limerick Chamber, Tom Flavin, Executive Chef at The Limerick Strand Hotel and Grace Collier, founder of retail shop Spice Vintage.

Catriona O’Donoghue, president of Network Ireland Limerick, "This event is all about looking at the story we tell ourselves about ourselves in Limerick and highlighting the positive story we can tell now and in the future. Limerick has gone through a renaissance in recent years and it’s time to tune into and truly embrace all of the positive changes that are happening. We need to become ambassadors for Limerick so that together we can influence even greater success in the future"

The founder of Narrative 4 in Limerick, James Lawlor, will set the scene by explaining how storytelling can be used to change perceptions and mindsets about a place or circumstance. According to Mr Lawlor, “With storytelling people are more deeply connected, engaged and invested in effecting positive change. The story that we tell about Limerick can have a positive influence on its future.”

Then each panellist will speak from their area of expertise on their vision for the future of Limerick.

Date: Wednesday 20th November

Registration: 6.00pm. Kick-off at 6.30pm with our Members Spotlight Challenge.

Venue: Treaty City Brewery, Nicholas Street, Medieval Quarter Limerick

Fee: This event is FREE for Network Ireland Limerick Members & €20 for Non-Members including employees, entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals, not for profit and public sector.

Please book early as places are limited and bring plenty of Business Cards for Networking.

About James Lawlor

James Lawlor is a native of Limerick. He is a graduate of UL, Queen's University Belfast and he has recently completed a Phd at UCC. He is Regional Director of Narrative 4 Ireland. A registered charity based in O' Connell Street Limerick. Narrative 4 has developed an innovative evidence-based solution to youth mental health by developing a platform for young people to connect over their stories. Their programme The Story Exchange fosters empathy in young people and builds peer support. Narrative 4 was established in 2012 in New York City and the programme now runs in 18 US States. In 2016, James set up Narrative 4 Ireland in partnership with Narrative 4 in NYC, Limerick City and County Council, Jp McManus Benevolent Fund and the UL Foundation. Narrative 4 Ireland provide training to secondary school teachers and youth workers in how to deliver the Story Exchange Programme. In its short time operating Narrative 4 Ireland has attracted international attention. In December 2018 the UK newspaper the Guardian visited Limerick and did a 5 page magazine spread on the impact of the programme. In the same year, Narrative 4 won the national Youth Mental health Fund organized by Social Innovation Fund Ireland. You can find out more information Narrative4.com/Ireland

About Tom Flavin

Tom grew up on a dairy farm in West Limerick and now has over 28 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. Tom started his career in Manila where his passion for food was enhanced working with likeminded multinational brigade of chefs. Prior to returning to Ireland in 1999 Tom spent time in Raffles Hotel Singapore, The Dorchester Hotel London and in a variety of 5* hotel kitchens and fine dining restaurants in Australia.

Tom has 20years experience as an Executive Chef arriving at The Limerick Strand Hotel in 2007.

Tom is a Founding Member and Chairman of the Limerick Food Group and runs The Pigtown Food Series in Limerick and he is also a member of Eurotoques Ireland, he has a real passion for teaching the next generation of chefs and does talks and cooking demos for lots of local schools and communities.

He has a real passion for supporting local producers and has over 40 Local Suppliers in The Limerick Strand Hotel.

About Grace Collier

Gracie Collier is the brain child and owner behind Limericks thriving vintage shop "SPICE Vintage". Gracie established SPICE Vintage at the age of 25 after an unfulfilling career in Marketing. Now 29, Gracie is originally from Laois, has a masters in Marketing from DIT and has always had a flare for retail. With these skills combined with a natural sense of entrepreneurship she took her Vintage shop from West Cork to Limerick and it has been thriving ever since opening in March 2018. Gracie credits a strong social media presence, innovative leveraging of Instagram, creative marketing techniques and a very high level of customer service as the recipe for her success.

About Dee Ryan

Dee Ryan joined Limerick Chamber in August 2018 as the Chief Executive Officer. Dee previously ran an award-winning Limerick based SME, SPARK Marketing and also served as Executive Director of Limerick based international aid agency Bóthar. Dee is an honours degree graduate in Business Studies from UL and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Digital Marketing Institute. She also holds a Certificate in Business, International Relations and the Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

About Michelle Brassil

Michelle began her career of Production of Television & Feature film drama in 2004 on Pat Shortt’s Killinaskully in Limerick & began Line Producing a number of Irish & International productions including John Michael McDonagh's, The Guard. Michelle began working in Auckland in 2010 with third level institute, Unitec, as their in house production manager, guiding and nurturing the future filmmakers of New Zealand. On returning to Ireland in 2013, Michelle returned to line producing projects, such as Charlie, Moonfleet & Jack Taylor. As Troy Studios first employee in 2016, Michelle assumed the role of Studio manager which marries the day to day management of the facility with the Troy team & most excitingly creating a crew base here in the mid-west to support the needs of International clients. This involves being the conduit between both the local Higher Education Institutes & training authorities in the region. Michelle is a member of Limerick Institute of Technology’s Governing Body since 2016 & Screen Skills Ireland’s Film & TV Drama Production Training Focus Group & the newly formed Screen Skillnet Steering Group.

About Network Ireland Limerick

Network Ireland Limerick provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the Arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts. It encourages women to achieve more satisfying careers and promotes women as worthy contributors to the Irish economy. Network Ireland Limerick is a branch of Network Ireland, a national organisation driving the personal and professional development of women with over 1,000 members and 15 branches through the country.

Network Ireland Limerick holds monthly networking meetings where a guest speaker is invited to educate, inform and entertain on topics of interest to women. Members can develop and pool their individual skills through interaction with other women in a supportive environment which offers, training, mentoring and an opportunity for women who call on other members with specialist expertise for help. It also provides a forum for established women to develop professional and social contacts.

Network Ireland Limerick is sponsored by the Local Enterprise Offices in Limerick. The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. For further information please visit www.localenterprise.ie.

AIB is a partner with Network Ireland and supports the organisation at both a national and regional level.


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