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IoD Christmas Lunch 2018

The Christmas Lunch is one of the highlights of the IoD calendar, where members and their guests enjoy each other's company in a lively and festive atmosphere. This year, and with thanks to our sponsor, First Names Group, we are delighted to welcome comedians Barry Murphy, Gary Cooke and John Colleary as our special guests.

Demand is always high for this event and places can only be held on receipt of payment. Cancellations will be accepted if received in writing before 23rd November 2018. There will be strictly no refunds after this date.

Limited Places Remaining please contact Sharon Kirwan to book.

For all queries please email Sharon Kirwan at or phone 01 4110010.

14 Dec
Barry Murphy, Comedian
Gary Cooke, Comedian
John Colleary, Comedian
12:30 - 15:00
€130 per person / €1,300 for table of ten (tables of 12 available on request)
Intercontinental Hotel, Simmonscourt Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Sponsored by First Names Group
Fully Booked

Barry Murphy


"The Comedy Don" - Irish Times. 

Barry Murphy is recognised as one of the “ten kings of Irish Comedy over the last 20 years” (Hot Press Magazine). Tatler Comedian of the Year 2017, with seven IFTA nominations, he has successfully hosted events including The Irish Film Awards; The Radio awards, the Amnesty “Best Of Irish” Showcase for Granada TV, as well as over 250 corporate and charity functions. The last few years have seen him concentrating on writing and performing Après Match, Irish Pictorial Weekly and Soupy Norman. 

The only comedian to have performed at all 24 Cat Laughs festivals, he is currently directing the stage version of Waterford Whispers News.


Gary Cooke


Gary Cooke is an Irish actor, satirist and writer who is one of the stars, on screen, of Aprés Match, and, on stage with I, Keano and MacBecks.

Gary has been involved in many other successful comedy shows such as Gift Grub, Irish Pictorial Weekly, Bridget and Eamon, The Eleventh Hour and The Centre.

John Colleary


John Colleary has worked as a stand-up comedian, satirist and actor for almost 15 years.

His writing and, in particular, his mimicry skills brought him to the attention of Matt Cooper's Last Word on Today FM, where he went on to win a PPI award for his contribution.

Co-writing and appearing in both IFTA nominated shows, The Savage Eve and Irish Pictorial Weekly on RTE, John has firmly established himself on the comedy scene as a very versatile performer.


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Recognising that one size does not fit all, First Names Group takes the time to understand its clients’ individual needs and is proud of the ability of their people to tailor the right solutions. The Group is director-led, with a clear focus on professional qualifications among employees, with many accountants, lawyers and chartered secretaries providing the necessary experience.

In Ireland, the Group’s main focus is on providing corporate services for international clients structuring their business/organisation or expanding into the Irish and European markets across a range of industry sectors – ICT, pharma, biomedical, manufacturing, aircraft leasing, food and beverage and financial services, among others. Drawing on over 25 years’ experience, the Irish office is well placed to assist new Irish operations during a transition phase or provide companies with a more permanent, long-term outsourced solution.

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