Ring of Cork Networking Event @ The Jameson Experience

Gathering of Cork’s Newest Tourism Brand in the home of

The World’s Fastest Growing Whiskey brand

Award-winning travel writer, editor, and author, Pól Ó Conghaile, was the keynote speaker at a unique gathering of tourism businesses from the Ring of Cork on Friday evening. Hosted by The Jameson Experience in Midleton, the event was a culmination of several local area meetings that have been taking place throughout the region recently.

Pól immediately dispelled the title of his presentation,  “The 10 Truths in Travel”, by stating that there are, in fact, “ No truths in travel.” The audience was captivated by Pol’s insights into Irish tourism, speaking of the need for creativity, working together, providing good value and, above all, the importance of the people and the local experience.

Keynote speaker, travel writer Pol O Conghaile; and Margot Dwyer Mulcahy, MDM PR;
Keynote speaker, travel writer Pol O Conghaile and Margot Dwyer Mulcahy, MDM PR;

Pol noted, “Tourism is an increasingly crowded and noisy space, and it’s harder than ever for businesses to cut through. To attract visitors, destinations need to pull together, to get creative and unified with their messages. That’s why it’s so encouraging to see Ring of Cork members pulling a new focus today. That they are meeting at the Jameson Experience, the heart of the world’s fastest growing whiskey brand, is very appropriate.”

He ended his presentation with a  call to action that created quite a positive and enthusiastic response from the attendees. He invited the audience to network together and to send him ‘10 great reasons to visit East Cork’, which he would use as the basis of an online article and gallery on Independent.ie.

Pol later explained, “ This is a great exercise for people to come together and get motivated.  I will decide the final 10, and I know that people will inevitable be disappointed if they are left out. However, it’s a good exercise, showing the power of destination marketing, and why it is worth working together rather than individually on a media piece.”

The Ring of Cork

Ring of Cork
Ring of Cork Directors Ryan Howard, JJ Harty, Sal Tivy, Jack Walsh and Seamus Cunningham; at the Ring of Cork / SECAD regional tourism networking event at the Old Midleton Distillery, Midleton,

Ring of Cork Chairman, Ryan Howard, also spoke at the event, “The Ring of Cork is a vibrant network of tourism related business who believe that by working together, they will grow together. Sharing information, referring business and embracing the challenges of worldwide competition will ensure a sustainable future for tourism in the region and create much-needed employment for future generations.”

Ignacio Peregrina, General Manager of the Jameson Experience at the Old Midleton Distillery, said afterward, “We were delighted to host this Regional Networking Tourism Event. It is great to see that members of SECAD and the Ring of Cork are pulling together in an organized and cohesive fashion. This event offers an opportunity for us to showcase everything that Cork and East Cork has to offer, from world-class accommodation and hospitality venues to heritage, cultural attractions and outdoor activities. There’s no doubt that the tourist industry has shown signs of strong economic recovery, with visitors numbers continuously increasing. It is very appropriate that tourist operators are meeting at the Jameson Experience, home to an iconic and world renowned Irish product.” Ignacio provided their specialty Jameson Cocktail for the networkers – a shot of Jameson whiskey, ginger ale plus a good squeeze of lime. They also served something a little different, titled ‘A Taste of Cork’ – it consisted of slaw marinated in Jameson, ginger and lime and local oak barrel smoked peppered mackerel served with Clonakilty black pudding soda bread.

MC at the event was the well-known Cork broadcaster and corporate entertainer, PJ Coogan. PJ ensured that the program for the evening ran smoothly. Included in the proceedings was a short speed networking session which proved to be a great success. Among those in present were the Directors of the Board of the Ring of Cork, Seamus Cunningham (Wallis’s Bar), Sal Tivy (Perks), Jack Walsh (The Cobh Heritage Centre) and JJ Harty. With over eighty in attendance, the turnout included Gillen Joyce (Titanic Experience), Wendy Whelan and Fern Allen (Ballymaloe), David and Gaye Fitzgibbon (Aherne’s), Stephen Belton (Bayview and Garryvoe Hotel’s), Deirdre Mannion (Trabolgan), Nick Ryan ( Walter Raleigh Hotel), Vincent Bartley (Fota House, Irish Heritage Trust), Stephen Ryan and Sean McKeown (Fota Wildlife Park) Breffne Costello (Castlemartyr Resort) Miro Jezovica (Quality Hotel Youghal) and Mark Golden (The Old Imperial Hotel).

Jack Walsh, Cobh Heritage Centre; and Deirdre Cole, Failte Ireland;
Jack Walsh, Cobh Heritage Centre; and Deirdre Cole, Failte Ireland;
Ring of Cork
Elga Ryan, Ring of Cork / SECAD; and Gillen Joyce, Titanic Experience, Cobh;
Ring of Cork
Siobhan Sheehan, Youghal Tourism; and Deirdre Mannion, Trabolgan; at the Ring of Cork / SECAD



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Tourism businesses in Cork pull together in a new sphere

Tourism Business Networking – a forum for the  future

With sales up 30% at the recent Holiday World Show, an upbeat atmosphere for tourism management is set to develop in Cork. This also is a direct result of a series of innovative local gatherings that took place recently throughout the region for Ring of Cork members and SME businesses in the food, retail and craft sector.

Vibrant networking meetings have taken place to share information, refer business and plan for the future in the Cobh/ Fota area, Youghal, Midleton, Glanmire, Carrigaline/Crosshaven and Ballincollig. “Networking and working together plus knowing that competition is good. This is what will grow our business” were just some of the comments evolving from these proactive gatherings. The culmination will be a Regional Networking Event, for those who attended the local area meetings, planned for the 6th February at the Jameson Experience at the Old Midleton Distillery. Award-winning travel writer, editor, and author, Pól Ó Conghaile will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Ring of Cork Chairman, Ryan Howard noted, “Following our recent AGM, we have taken on board the feedback from members in instigating more networking meetings to help grow business.  The response from the local meetings ‘Forum on the Future’ has been amazing, with great attendance and very positive input”. Ryan went on to note. “Unlike most plans that stay on a shelf, our New Strategy for the Ring of Cork will be based on the direct feedback from those who are in a position to implement the necessary action – our members”.

The Regional Tourism Networking Event is taking place at the Jameson Experience at the Old Midleton Distillery, on Friday, 6th February at 4.30 pm. The keynote speaker, Pól Ó Conghaile, is Travel Editor for Independent.ie and regularly contributes on travel to National Geographic Traveller UK, Cara Magazine, and the Irish Independent. He also features widely on national TV and radio, including the RTE Today Show and the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk. Currently, he is Ireland’s Travel Writer of the Year. Pól will speak specifically about East Cork and Cork Harbour area, but will also broaden it out to include several examples of best practise tourism and trends (from both Ireland and overseas).

Active speed networking and a presentation from the Ring of Cork Chairman, Ryan Howard, will also be on the agenda at the regional event. This will focus on the outcomes of the local area meetings to be included in the new strategy for the Ring of Cork region. Ryan noted. “It is hoped that this process will encourage an ethos of cooperation and referral business between tourism interests, with regular networking meetings between product providers evolving.

This event is being restricted to business participants; registration in advance is essential.

For further information, Please contact Margot Dwyer Mulcahy at info @ mdmpr.com