‘Leadership in Sport. Lessons for Business’ – Networking Event
On Thursday 26th January 2017, St Kieran’s College and Kilkenny GAA hosted the ‘Leadership in Sport. Lessons for Business’, event at the InterContinental Hotel, Dublin. This event was for those striving to build high performance teams both in business and sport. The networking event was hosted in association with Newstalk and brought together a number of the country’s leading sports and business people who shared their perspectives and discussed their focus, passion and drive, as well as what they saw necessary in order to achieve success and importantly to repeat that success.
Speakers scheduled for the event on January 26th included:
- SiobhánTalbot, Group Managing Director, Glanbia
- Brian Cody, Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team Manager
- Rossa White, Chief Economist, NTMA
- Aidan O’Brien, Horse Racing Trainer
- Henry Shefflin, 10-time All-Ireland winner
- Panel discussion – Michael Rice, Tommy Walsh, David Herity and Jackie Tyrrell (all former Kilkenny Hurlers)
- Bobby Kerr, MC for the event
The networking event, which was for leading corporates in Ireland, explored the key attributes that drive both success in sport and in business. The speakers, each of whom are extremely accomplished, with proven track records, and are all leaders in their respective areas, provided invaluable insights for all those hoping to thrive in business.
All funds raised from the networking event, ‘Leadership in Sport. Lessons for Business’ will go towards develping the game of hurling, creating a Centre of Excellence for Hurling at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny and the development of the game in the County.
Speaking at the launch for the event, Brian Cody, said, “I’m always eager to be involved in any project that is helping to advance and progress hurling, both at a local and a national level. I’m also really looking forward to the event in January, it’s not often that the sports and business communities meet, and I think a lot could be learned from both parties and I’m looking forward to hearing the many different perspectives on what drives success.”
Rev Dr. Dermot Ryan, President at St Kieran’s College said, “We were delighted with the speakers who were willing to take part in our event and we have been humbled by their enthusiasm for the project. Given the calibre and experience of the people that were in the room, the event was always going to be fascinating. All at St Kieran’s College and in Kilkenny GAA are always striving for excellence, and this event, which we hope will become an annual fixture, helped us to explore how this can be achieved.”
In recent years St Kieran’s College has been delighted to host coaching weekends and games for various clubs from around the country. This event, and others like it, planned for New York and London will allow for the continued growth of this in the grounds of the College along with striving to develop the game in clubs, squads and teams across the county, in conjunction with the county board.