5 February 2018|College Events, College News, Past Pupils
Thursday 18th January saw the second annual St Kieran’s College corporate networking afternoon.

For this event, over 400 of Ireland’s finest leaders in sports and business, and many past pupils and parents of our students, assembled to explore the key values that are integral to business, sport and success in life. St Kieran’s College hold this event in association with Kilkenny GAA.in sports and business assembled to explore the key values that are integral to business, sport and success in life. St Kieran’s College hold this event in association with Kilkenny GAA.

The afternoon was hosted by Pat Kenny who led conversations with Kilkenny Manager Brian Cody, Dublin Manager Jim Gavin, Taxback’s Terry Clune and Racehorse Trainer Jim Bolger about their experiences in the rise to the top of their respective fields.  Insights were shared on the values, focus, passion, attention to detail and drive, as the key ingredients for success.

Dublin Camoige Manager, and former Kilkenny hurler, David Herity, former Kilkenny hurler Tommy Walsh and Kilkenny Senior Camoige Managers, and former players, Ann Downey and Angela Downey joined in a panel discussion to discuss ‘What Drives Success’. In conversation with Pat Kenny, they spoke about how teams and managers create an intimate bond in the pursuit of common objectives.

Opening the afternoon, Rev Dr Dermot Ryan as College President noted that “people are not born great, we are all born with the same God given potential for success and how in the application of honest values, hard work, humility, passion and a relentless pursuit of attaining our goal we can all acvhieve success on and off the field of play, and most importantly in life itself.”

As arguably Ireland’s most successful hurling manager, Brian Cody delivered a talk on ‘Principled Leadership’. Having recently been confirmed for an unprecedented 20th season as Kilkenny Manager, he explored the leadership skills that have made Kilkenny the competitive and resilient force for which they they are known. He also touched on what it takes to have a team work with relentless drive, pure passion, ceaseless commitment and the uncompromising selflessness needed to succeed.

The event this year was again supported by Newstalk as media partner, and event sponsors, the Taxback Group, Morgan McKinley, Cosimo Venture Capital and Timoney Leadership Institute. All funds raised will go towards creating a National Centre of Excellence here at at St Kieran’s College with a view to supporting clubs and counties from around Kilkenny and beyond. More details of the afternoon can be found on the event website www.lessonsforleaders.ie