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Business Networking Reception, Embassy of Ireland, Saturday 3rd February 2018

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NetworkIrlande and Enterprise Ireland welcome over 100 members and clients to a Business Networking reception, hosted by Ambassador O'Brien, at the Embassy of Ireland.

The pre-match atmosphere of the France-Ireland rugby Six Nations game is the perfect opportunity for a friendly during which it is customary not only to exchange cautious forecasts on the outcome of the confrontation between the verts et des bleus, but also to make new contacts and expand networks.  The business networking reception, hosted by Ambassador O’Brien, on Saturday 3 February, and organised by NetworkIrlande and Enterprise Ireland was no exception to this rule, as more that 100 attendees arrived at the embassy of Ireland to engage in several hours of professional networking activity.  An opportunity for the minister, the ambassador and for Sinead Lonergan, director of Enterprise Ireland France, to highlight the importance of the Franco-Irish trade relations

In her remarks to the guests, all members of NetworkIrlande and clients of Enterprise Ireland, Ambassador O'Brien noted the importance of the roles played by both organisations within the Franco-Irish business community.  She then welcomed the minister for agriculture, food and the marine, Mr Michael Creed, T.D.

The minister, in his remarks, also noted the importance of these occasions to the Franco-Irish economic relationship.  Total trade in goods and services in 2016 was €22.6 billion, that’s about €1.9 billion a month.

Imanol Harinordoquy, in an interview conducted by Philippe Cosson of AP Partners, shared his experiences as an international player and spoke of his attachment to Ireland, even going so far as to "confess" that if he had to choose to join a team other than a French one, he would gladly join an Irish team.  He then spoke about the rugby-specific team spirit which he continues to apply in his company.

Guests were invited to sample some excellent Irish whiskey before heading to the Stade de France, generously offered by Teeling Whiskey, a new member of NetworkIrlande.

NetworkIrlande President Richard Dujardin announced the winner of the draw for two tickets to attend the Munster-Toulon quarter-final on Saturday, 31 March at Thomond Park in Limerick, generously offered by Takumi Precision Engineering, a client of Enterprise Ireland.  Mr. Bernard Halpern, president of Hotel Building Conseil, was the lucky winner.

All-in-all, a great prelude to a match where the blues and the greens alternated in control, and which, to the delight of Ireland’s supporters, ended with Jonathan Sexton’s superb drop-goal, clinching victory for the greens.


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