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Newsletter Q3 2022

Dear Members,

We hope you had a restful summer and look forward to catching up with you over the many events planned for this quarter, beginning with our rentrée event at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil on September 29th - it's an event not to be missed so make sure to reserve your place before September 19th! Further details of our 'rentrée @ the races' and other upcoming events in this newsletter.

Excitement is already mounting for the Ireland France Business Awards 2022. With Franco-Irish collaboration more than ever in the spotlight, this is a great time to be recognised as an important contributor to our two countrys' trade relations or as a company with the potential to make an impact! Please note that the closing date for entries is September 16th, all details and application forms can be found directly below.

We encourage you to come meet our many new members listed in this newsletter and renew contact with friends and acquantances from the network at our events over the next few months.

Looking forward to welcoming you very soon,

Your NetworkIrlande Team



IRELAND FRANCE BUSINESS AWARDS 2022 under the patronage of 

NetworkIrlande and The France Ireland Chamber of Commerce are pleased to inform you of their collaboration once again this year on the Ireland France Business Awards recognising excellence in the economic relationship between France and Ireland.

This is a great opportunity for you to nominate an organisation which you believe has been successful in promoting the expansion of trade and investment, together with the development of business links, between France and Ireland. Companies may also apply directly.

In recognition of the importance of the contribution of entrepreneurship to the development of trade between Ireland and France, the Jury have decided to dedicate an award again this year to SMEs and Entrepreneurs.  This award is called "Franco-Irish Business - Rising Star".

You will find the links to the four documents below:

Please return the entry form, duly completed, by Friday 16th September at 12.00 noon to:

Léa Biagi, France Ireland Chamber of Commerce, at


Rentrée at the Races!

Thursday, September 29th, 2022

Registration is now open for one of the most popular events on our calendar - an exclusive lunch while enjoying the races at the Hippodrome d'Auteuil.

The event will begin with a drinks reception and welcome address by Ambassador Niall Burgess. Guests will also hear from Lisa-Jane Graffard of Graffard Racing who will share insights into the Franco-Irish horse industry. A wonderful three course lunch follows in a private salon with unrivaled views of the racecourse and Paris beyond and which opens onto our own private tribune. Racing staff will be on hand to advise and accompany any of those guests feeling lucky and, after lunch, any guests that wish to, can avail of a private guided visit of the enclosure, weighing room and Auteuil features.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to network, take business outside of the office, entertain clients and enjoy a lunch to remember in very unique surroundings!

Sign up to attend NOW, registration for this event will close on September 19th!

Tickets : €70 members - €100 non-members


For any questions or special requirements please contact


With thanks to our partners for this event:





October 13th, 2022

Save The Date for our next 'Lunch & Learn' on Thursday, October 13th. Laurence Bibow from member company Murgitroyd will enlighten us on all things patent-related while members renew acquaintances and make new contacts over a relaxed lunch. Registration will open later this month.


November 24th, 2022

The awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place this year at The Ritz, Paris on November 24th. Any potential candidates should note that the deadline for applying is September 16th, 2022. Full details may be found here

We thank the patron sponsor of the event this year, Kerry Group, along with the sponsors of our three awards, Primark, Groupe Adéquat and Ecocem.

Recent Events


May 12th, 2022

On May 12th, Ambassador Burgess and his team at the Embassy of Ireland in Paris welcomed a group of NetworkIrlande Pioneer members for a working lunch discussing the Franco-Irish trade relationship in general and the various industries represented by our members present in particular. We were very privileged to be joined by the Chief Economist at the Irish Department of Finance, Mr. John McCarthy, who presented Pioneer members with a snapshot of the Irish economy today and an outline of the effects of ongoing global issues going forward. A vibrant exchange ensued with diverse insights and opinions shared around the table which kept everyone engaged and proved to be very informative for all attendees.

If you would like more information on becoming a member of the NetworkIrlande pioneer circle please contact


May 20th, 2022

Another interesting and informative 'Lunch & Learn' event on May 20th with attendance from a great cross-section of members! Many thanks Des Cooney PhD from Axis Financial Consultants who shared his expertise relating to cross-border pension transfer and conglomeration. Thanks also to Tourism Ireland for their lovely gift of Glendalough candles for all attendees.

Please note the date of our next Lunch & Learn on October 13th. Registration will open shortly.


June 2nd, 2022

A very informative morning at Station F where panellists from the French and Irish Tech sectors discussed how France and Ireland foster tech start-ups and scale-ups, Franco-Irish collaboration in tech as well as the similarities and differences, and scope for further cooperation between France and Ireland and Europe-wide. We had some concrete examples of unicorns and learned of the very ambitious objectives and targets set by our respective governments. Panellists: Clara Chappaz, Director French Tech; Martina Fitzgerald, CEO Scale Ireland; Sunny Kumar, Founder & CEO Carbon 27; Orla Noon, Chairman of the Board Adevinta; Mathilde Castet, FlipDish; David Jullo, Pretto/ French Tech Dublin.

The second panel was dedicated to discussing opportunities to work and grow within the Irish and French Tech sectors.  Panellists: Brendan Walsh, Executive VP Mirakl; Anne Ravenona, Founder & CEO GlobalInvestHer; Diarmuid Gill, Chief Technology Officer Criteo.

It was wonderful to collaborate with the team at the Embassy of Ireland on this event and many thanks to all the excellent panellists, members and guests who attended.

Welcome To Our New Members


As an independent solar energy producer, Amarenco deploys infrastructures that integrate photovoltaic electricity production and can be backed up by storage solutions, batteries or green hydrogen research. Amarenco manages projects of all sizes from concept to operation, development, financing and implementation worldwide. Thanks to a solid model integrating the entire chain, the company has grown rapidly, expanding to 3 continents in just 3 years and raising €165m from renowned investors in 2020, Crédit Agricole's Idia fund and Tikehau capital. Amarenco also relies on its sense of innovation and agility to design new business models by combining each MW of solar power installed with an investment in biodiversity and regenerative agriculture through an ambitious ESG policy and its ECHO programme, as well as by integrating digital solutions that promote the emergence of the peer-to-peer model for energy and short circuits

For further information contact: Eva Vanderst,

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Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition partner for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. We innovate with our customers to create great tasting products with improved nutrition and functionality, while ensuring better impact for the planet. Our leading consumer insights, global RD&A team of 1,100+ food scientists and extensive global footprint enable us to solve our customers' complex challenges with differentiated solutions. At Kerry, we are driven to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition, and will reach over two billion consumers with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030.

For more information, visit

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Irish owned Staycity Group was founded in Dublin in 2004 by CEO Tom Walsh and is now one of Europe's leading aparthotel operators.

By the end of 2022, Staycity will operate in excess of 6,000 apartments across 15 cities. These include several major European locations including Berlin, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Dublin, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Liverpool, London, Lyon, Manchester, Marseille, Paris, Venice and York with many more exciting cities to follow. Staycity offers a space that thrives on communication with a collaborative setting. Our goal is to make Staycity Europe's largest, mid-market, pan-European city aparthotel brand with 15,000 + keys by 2028. Staycity Group's expansion now operates under two brands – Staycity Aparthotels and premium brand Wilde Aparthotels by Staycity.

Wilde Aparthotels, our premium brand, offers superb locations in London Aldgate, London Covent Garden, London Paddington, Edinburgh Grassmarket, Manchester St. Peter's Square, and Berlin Checkpoint Charlie. Wilde is fast becoming a leader in the Staycity Group portfolio.

For further information contact: Wynnie Seznec :

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Individual Members

Bernadette Byrne

Olivier Chereau

Sonia Criseo

Paula Lennon

Alain Zerbib


Recent Member News



The Port of Dunkirk welcomes the OPTIMA SEAWAYS which is now operational on the DFDS Dunkirk - Rosslare roro service. DFDS have also announced a new passenger service on this route from August 2022.

Primark continues its expansion in France and has announced a new opening in Saint Etienne at the Centre-Deux shopping center. Primark will be looking to employ over 150 staff for this new store.

Another step forward in the Celtic Interconnector joint project between Ireland and France to exchange electricity by using a subsea link, with planning permission now officially approved for the Irish on-shore element of the project. Read more here.
Group CEO, Tony Smurfit, recently gave an interview to CNBC where he discusses recent business challenges, their circular business model, his leadership style and being the third generation to lead the company. Watch it here.

Paragon ID report record full-year revenues 2021/2022 at €130.8M, growing +56% and exceeding guidance. 

Amarenco publishes their ESG 2021 report, their first sustainability report. Acces it here.

Euromoney has named Bank of Ireland as Ireland's best bank for the third year running.

Other News & Events

Opening of the new Honorary Consulate in Brittany

To mark the historic opening of Ireland's first diplomatic representation in Brittany and the nomination of Jean-Marc Roué, President of NetworkIrlande Pioneer member, Brittany Ferries, as Honorary Consul, the Embassy of Ireland organised a series of events in Brest and Roscoff led by Minister James Browne TD and Ambassador Niall Burgess, on the first weekend of September.

Further details of this very festive weekend can be found here.

Rugby World Cup 2023 at the Stade de France

​​​​​​In one year, practically to the day, the kick-off will take place of one of the biggest sporting events of 2023: the Rugby World Cup France 2023. 

20 teams, 48 matches, 2.7 million spectators in the 9 official stadiums, including Stade de France, which will have a very special place in the competition. By hosting, from the pool matches onwards, 6 teams from the top 10 in the world (World Rugby ranking August 2022), two quarter-finals, the two semi-finals and the final, the largest stadium in France will be the main theatre of the race for the title. 

The final sprint is on! 

From the moment the Official Hospitality marketing was launched, many companies have seen this competition as a unique opportunity to build strong links with their business contacts. So much so that many VIP products are already sold out. 

With one year to go before the Rugby World Cup France 2023, the final sprint is on if you want to watch the best of world rugby in exceptional conditions. Full details from NetworkIrlande Pioneer member Stade de France can be found here.

France Ireland Chamber - VIE Hébergement Service

The France Ireland Chamber of Commerce are making available five hot desks at their new offices on Merrion Square in Dublin under the chamber's VIE Hébergement Service. This service provides a professional working environment for VIEs from French companies.

Le Volontariat International en Entreprise (VIE) is an international corporate talent scheme which enables French companies to send abroad any candidate up to the age of 28 to undertake a wide range of professional assignments for a period of six to 24 months. In Ireland, this programme grants French subsidiary companies easy access to a pool of 40,000 experienced, motivated and highly qualified talented young professionals.

Tax-free and costing up to 35 per cent lower than a local contract, the VIE programme operates as a turnkey HR solution with Business France supporting all contractual, administrative and insurance aspects.

The VIE grants a public status within a protective framework to the professionals involved as there is no contractual tie between the Company and the VIE, who then lies under the authority of the French Ministry of Foreign Trade.

Further information can be found here.

Centre Culturel Irlandais Birthday Celebrations

The Centre Culturel is celebrating their 20th birthday on September 16th with new art exhibitions, music and a light show. Full details may be found here.


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