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Clifden hosts its first Bank of Ireland’s Enterprise town

Clifden hosts its first Bank of Ireland’s Enterprise town

Clifden hosted it’s very first Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town events in May 2017

The Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town programme aims to bring local businesses, education, sports and cultural organisations together, boosting the participating town’s economic activity. As with all enterprise town events, the event in May was Business and Community focused. The Clifden Community School gym was a great venue with hall being packed with exhibitors and visitors over the two days.


Video by: Seanchaí Editions

Photos from the two day event

Photos by:  Aoife Herriot Photography

Breakdown of Clifden Enterprise Town 2017

Day 1 – Business & Community Expo – Friday 5th May 2017

5:00pm Opening Welcome – Paddy Glynn, Manager, Bank of Ireland, Clifden with MC  Ollie Turner, Galway Bay FM  Cutting the Ribbon – Dr Brendan Flynn
5.20pm  Guest Speaker- Sean Kyne, Minister of State
5:40pm Enterprise Town Student Awards to Clifden Community School & National School     Presented by Marian Harkin, Independent MEP
6.00pm  Guest Speaker- Marian Harkin, Independent MEP
6:30pm Panel Discussion – “Connemara 365 Tourism”
Chaired by Dave Hickey, CEO Connacht Tribune • Brian Quinn – Fáilte Ireland   • Catherine McConnell – Galway County Council • Hugh Musgrave – Agriculture tourism • Michael Gibbons – History & Archaeology • Dominic O’Morain – Hospitality • Simon Murray – Island tourism
7:00pm Musical by Peter Carey Jnr & Friends
7:20pm Panel Discussion – “Connemara Surf n’ Turf”
Chaired by Cait Noone, Head of College, Tourism & Arts, GMIT • Stefan Matz – Michelin Star Chef • Graham Roberts – The Connemara Smokehouse • Barbara-Anne McCabe – The Bridewell Brewery • Bernard King – Connemara Mountain Lamb • Cindy O’Brien – Abalone Chonamara
8:00pm  Close – Paddy Glynn, Manager, Bank of Ireland

Day 2 – Sports & Community Expo – Saturday 6th May 2017

11:00am  Opening Welcome – Paddy Glynn, Manager, Bank of Ireland.   11:15am Entertainment – Music & Sean-Nos Dancing
11:30am  Presentation – National Schools Art Colouring Competition
11:45am  Networking Opportunity  – “Let’s Connect!”
12:00pm Spinning class/Zumba/Pilates/Kettlebells Demonstrations & sports skills sessions
1:00pm  Fireside Chat with Brent Pope – RTE Rugby Analyst
1:15pm  The Curley School of Dance
1:35pm Sports Panel Discussion – “The Secrets of Success in Sport”
Chaired by Ollie Turner, Galway Bay FM  • Brent Pope – RTE Rugby Analyst  • Brett Wilkinson – Former Connaught & Irish Rugby International • Oisin Heffernan – Leinster & former Irish U20 Rugby International  • Rory Lavelle & Joe Gorham– Galway Football • Alana Cazabon – International Dressage • Paul Gannon – Connacht Badminton
2:30pm Close – Paddy Glynn, Manager, Bank of Ireland.
Sports events, Balloon Art & Face Painting  available throughout the day!

Organizing Committee

L-R: PJ Heffernan (Off The Square), Malachy Gorham (Kingstown Connemara Ponies), Paddy Glynn (Bank of Ireland Clifden), Marian Karkin (MEP – Connacht/Ulster), Colum Joyce (Connemara Programme) Lisa King (Connemara Chamber of Commerce) & Terence O’Toole (Connemara Chamber of Commerce)

Following on from the success of the 2017 event, early 2018 could very well see the return of Clifden Enterprise Town!

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