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Network Ireland National Conference and Awards 2019 – #StepUp



Network Ireland is Ireland’s longest established and leading female focussed business network. It is the go to national women in business organisation to promote, support and lead women in business at all levels and to drive their professional and personal development. Network Ireland will host its flagship event on the Wild Atlantic Way at the Celtic Ross Hotel, West Cork on Friday 27th September.  

The theme of this year’s annual conference is “Step Up” and will feature a range of national and international business people, motivational speakers and influencers. It will be designed to ensure women in business have the resilience, motivation, insights and know-how to fulfil their potential and lead and inspire others. 

Network Ireland official national partner is AIB. Our 2019 conference partner is Cork County Council.


To date our Keynote Speakers & Panelists include:

  • MC Sonya Lennon  Designer, businesswoman and social entrepreneur 

  • Moderator Gráinne McCarthy Deputy Chief News Editor, Wall Street Journal

  • Grace O’Rourke Speaker – Fitness and Mindset Coach

  • Joanne Hession Founder LIFT Ireland and The Entreprenuers Academy

  • Peter Cosgrave Future of Work Expert

  • Michelle Noone Head of Search and State Boards

  • Sheelagh Daly Entrepreneurship Manager Enterprise Ireland

  • Ronan Murphy Group CEO Smarttech247 and

  • Helen Smyth Head of Ireland, Small and Medium Business, EMEA Facebook

  • Dawn Leane Principal Consultant at Leane Leaders

  • Cork County Council

  • Catherine Moroney Head of Business Banking AIB

On the Day the event will being at 8am for registration and networking over breakfast and the conference commences at 9am sharp until 4pm. Dress code: business attire.


Twitter handles:

#StepUp #NetworkIreland


Following on from the conference will be a celebration of our members at the Businesswoman of the Year Awards Gala Banquet. At this event the winners from Network Ireland’s regional awards will compete for the coveted national awards.  We will also award the Network Ireland Trish Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution at the event.

**Dress Code: Black Tie**

The following awards will be presented on the night

  • AIB Large SME

  • Enterprise Ireland Emerging New Business

  • Facebook STEM Category

  • In Good Company Small SME

  • MSD Brinny Employee Rising Star

  • O’Flynn Exhams Social Enterprise Category

  • Deloitte Employee Shining Star

  • Arts Category



Ticket details and prices are above. Early Bird prices are available until Friday 16th August.

Conference tickets include refreshments throughout the day and conference goodie bags.
Awards Banquet tickets include drinks reception, 4 course meal with wine and entertainment.

**Ticket prices exclude booking fee**



Celtic Ross Hotel is located on the Wild Atlantic Way in Rosscarbery  West Cork. It is an hours drive from Cork city on the N71.



Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery – fully booked.

Emmet Hotel Clonakilty

Please call the hotel directly to book and mention “Network Ireland” when booking (023) 883 3394
Double or twin room is €119 B&B on the 26th September and  €119 B&B on the 27th September
Single room is €89 B&B on 26th September and €99 on the 27th September
Shuttle bus will run to and from Emmet Hotel to Celtic Ross Hotel on Friday 27th September for the Awards.

Celtic Cottages, Rosscarbery

Self catering 3 bedroomed holiday cottages about 300 meters walk to the Hotel. Those staying in the Cottages will have complimentary access to the Celtic Ross Hotel Leisure Centre facilities.

Please call Kate to book on 086 6086874 or


There are many B&B’s and guest houses in the Rosscarbery area. Please contact your branch for list and contact details.

There are other Hotels in neighbouring towns Clonakilty 12km and Skibbereen 20km.



Details will follow later.  



Helen Wycherley, President of Network Ireland and Cork County Council, conference partner will host a launch welcome reception on Thursday 26th September in West Cork.  Details and registration will follow later. Tickets will be FREE but you must let us know you are attending.



AIB are the official Partners of Network Ireland nationally #BackedbyAIB @AIBBiz


We are delighted that Cork County Council are partners for our national conference in Cork @Corkcoco


For further information on the Conference, Businesswomen of the Year Awards please contact your Branch President or for more information on Network Ireland, visit 


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