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Over 400 Business Leaders Attend IoD Ireland Christmas Lunch


The IoD Ireland Christmas Lunch took place on Friday, 8th December 2023. Sponsored by Mason, Hayes & Curran LLP.

(Pictured L to R: Caroline Spillane CDir, Chief Executive Officer, IoD Ireland; John Reynolds CDir, President, IoD Ireland; Claire Lord, Head of Corporate Governance, Mason Hayes & Curran LLP).

The Lunch provided a key networking opportunity for members and business leaders. Entertainment at the event was provided by the Impressionist and broadcaster Conor Moore.  The event was opened by IoD Ireland CEO Caroline Spillane CDir who welcome the members to the event. Caroline also noted the importance of the charity sector at this time of year. 

The IoD Ireland Christmas appeal for 2023 is the Children's Health Foundation, who raise vital funds to support sick children and their families in Children's Health Ireland hospitals and urgent care centres in Crumlin, Temple Street, Tallaght and Connolly. To donate to this worthy appeal, please visit our dedicated donation website page.

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John Reynolds CDir, President, IoD Ireland, took the opportunity in his address to acknowledge the 30th Anniversary of the Institute in 2023. He also noted that the anniversary looked forward and not back, and was utilised as an opportunity to transform and evolve to meet the new and ever-growing standards of members. In his address, the President also acknowledged the role of the Council and Executive in shaping IoD Ireland, as well as thanking past colleagues. John also reflected on the passing of council colleague Gary Kennedy at the start of the year. 

(Pictured: John Reynolds CDir, President, IoD Ireland).

The President ended his address by acknowledging the role of past Presidents in shaping IoD Ireland, and called out those in attendance to mark their contribution. These included: Imelda Reynolds, Harry Lorton, Liam Daniel, Ralph MacDarby, Adrian Burke, Robert Grier, Laura Magahy, Ben Power, Jim Ruane, John Smyth, Michael J Somers, and John Callaghan. 

As a small thank you for their contribution, each Past President was presented with a special pin. The pins are a specially commissioned design and was handmade in Ireland by Dublin jeweller Ronan Campbell, represented by the DesignYard.  The pins were made in his Dublin workshops and hallmarked at the Dublin Assay offices, confirming the maker, metal quality and origin.

(Pictured: Past Presidents of the Institute of Directors in Ireland receive a commemorative pin to mark their contribution in shaping IoD Ireland).

IoD Ireland Christmas Lunch Gallery