Lunch at the Races 2017


It was a glorious summer's morning for members of NetworkIrlande, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, ABIE and Chambre de Commerce France-Canada as they arrived at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil for the annual Lunch at the Races on Wednesday 14th June.

Now In its 6th year, this event is one of the highlights of the NetworkIrlande calendar, providing an excellent opportunity for our members to meet and exchange with other international business networks in Paris and to entertain clients while enjoying the races in the wonderful setting of the Hippodrome d’Auteuil, one of the best known race courses in France since its construction in 1873.

The day began at 11.00 with a guided tour of this formidable course by France Galop before the races got underway. Having cleared the final jump members then joined the President of NetworkIrlande, M. Richard Dujardin (CEO, TRANSDEV France) and the President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, M. Olivier Campenon, for the pre-lunch aperitif.

Richard Dujardin extended a warm welcome to all those present before introducing M. Guy de Fontaines, Head of Owner Development at France Galop. Guy gave some insights into the horse racing industry in France and spoke of the passion for horseracing shared by France, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Australia. M. Olivier Campenon, President of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, concluded the cocktail, thanking all those who had played a role in the organisation of the event.

A delicious three-course lunch followed, during which the team from France Galop were on hand to assist attendees as they placed their bets. Many members gathered on the balcony to watch the races between courses and the excitement was, as always, palpable as the horses and riders galloped past the stand. Following the races a visit to the enclosure was proposed for all those who wished to see the runners of the day at close quarters.

NetworkIrlande wishes to thank all those who attended the Lunch at the Races, including those lady members who participated at the first “Women in Business” table. A very special word of thanks also goes to our Pioneer Members TRANSDEV and EY FRANCE for their wonderful support, to our co-organisers the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, Australian Business in Europe and France-Canada Chambre de Commerce and finally to France Galop for their warm hospitality.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hippodrome d’Auteuil in 2018!

Past Events



On the occasion of the NetworkIrlande AGM, held at the Embassy of Ireland on the 8th of June, Richard Dujardin, President of NetworkIrlande, paid tribute to H.E. Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason for her strong support of the business network as Honorary President of the association.

On this occasion, Ambassador Byrne Nason reaffirmed her confidence in the future and the growth of NetworkIrlande and its importance in developing and sustaining Franco-Irish business relationships here in France.

On behalf of all our members we wish Ambassador Byrne Nason the greatest success in her new mission as Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations.


Ambassador Byrne Nason attends the inauguration of ECOCEM’s new plant in Dunkirk



Her Excellency, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, Honorary President of NetworkIrlande, attended the inauguration of ECOECM’s new industrial plant in Dunkirk on Friday 9th June.

This new site represents one of the most important industrial investments in France for ECOCEM, a member of NetworkIrlande and winner of the Award for Positive Impact on Climate Change at the France Ireland Business Awards in 2016.

Ambassador Byrne Nason was welcomed by Donal O'Riain, CEO of ECOCEM Materials Ltd and President of ECOCEM France, Conor O'Riain Managing Director Europe, ECOCEM Materials Ltd, Michel Pigeat, Managing Director, ECOCEM France, Eric Niedziela, CEO of ArcelorMittal Atlantique, Lorraine and Philippe Valette, Directors of ArcelorMittal Dunkerque, and Philippe Lacroix, Director of ArcelorMittal Co-Products.