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Newsletter Q4 2022

Dear Members,

It has been a particularly busy quarter for NetworkIrlande and there is lots more happening before the year is out! In this edition of our newsletter you can catch up on all of our recent events and find out about further opportunities for networking this month. We are especially excited to launch our first event in the Auvergne Rhone Alps region with a business networking after-work in central Lyon on December 7th. 

We would like to welcome all our new members detailed below and remind you all that, although anytime is a good time to join NetworkIrlande, this time of year is especially interesting as any new members that join right now will enjoy all member advantages effective immediately and until January 1st, 2024 (including joining fellow members at our very popular Christmas Reception)! So we do encourage you to share the opportunity with any person or company in your entourage that might benefit from membership of our association.

We would like to take the opportunity at this year end to thank all our members for your support and engagement throughout 2022 and wish you all a great festive season!

Your NetworkIrlande Team


Business Networking in Lyon

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

​NetworkIrlande in collaboration with the Consulate of Ireland in Lyon are delighted to announce our first business networking event in the Auvergne Rhone Alps region.

Members are invited to a business networking afterwork at Le Prisme in central Lyon on Wednesday, December 7th from 6.30pm in the presence of H.E. Mr. Niall Burgess, Ambassador of Ireland to France, Consul General to Lyon, Ms. Ciara de Mora and NetworkIrlande President, Mr. Richard Dujardin.

Advance registration is obligatory HERE.  Please note that this is an invitation-only event, however should you or your company have professional contacts in Lyon that you would like to see invited or if you are not yet a member of NetworkIrlande but would like to participate, please send an email request to and we will respond to you.

We look forward to seeing many members and making new contacts from across the Auvergne Rhone Alps and surrounding regions at this inaugural event in Lyon. 



Annual Christmas Reception

Tuesday, December 13th, 2022

Our annual Christmas Reception will take place this year on Tuesday, December 13th from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Embassy of Ireland, 4 rue Rude, Paris 16.

We are honored to announce the presence of the Ambassador of Ireland to France, H.E. Mr. Niall Burgess along with NetworkIrlande President, Mr. Richard Dujardin.

Catch up with fellow members in the festively decked embassy for some seasonal networking and good cheer!

Attendees will be treated to a tasting of wines from NetworkIrlande member Domaine Rolet whose Cremant du Jura and vin jaune are particularly sought after over the festive season. We will also be hearing from Mr. Trevor O'Rourke of Paralympics Ireland who will be presenting their work in the build up to and during the Games in 2024!

This event is open uniquely to current NetworkIrlande members. Registration is essential and attendance is limited so we would ask all members who wish to attend to please register HERE now to secure your place.

We thank the generosity of our sponsor this year, Kingspan Global, winner of the Best Irish Company in France Award 2022. 


Recent Events


November 24th, 2022

The Annual Ireland France Business Awards ceremony and gala dinner took place on November 24th at The Ritz Paris. Over 170 distinguished guests were present to listen to a wonderful address by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, and a heartfelt speech by Catherine Keogh, Chief Corporate Affairs and Brand Officer at Kerry group, patrons of the event this year. We were honoured to also count Minister Eamonn Ryan, H.E. Ambassador Niall Burgess, H.E. Ambassador Vincent Guérend and the President of the region of Brittany, Mr Loïg Chesnais Girard among our esteemed guests.

The winners across the three categories were announced as follows:

Best Irish Company in France as sponsored by Primark : Kingspan Global

Best French Company in Ireland as sponsored by Groupe Adéquat : Danone

Franco-Irish Business Rising Star as sponsored by Ecocem : Terra NutriTECH

NetworkIrlande would like to thank all the generous sponsors of this event, the jury, our colleagues at the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce, the team at the Embassy of Ireland and all our members who made this such a successful and enjoyable event.

Photos of the evening can be accessed online HERE. An Taoiseach's remarks are documented HERE.

Ireland and France: Partners in Innovation for Energy Cooperation and Sustainability

November 25th, 2022

The Embassy of Ireland in France in partnership with MEDEF International, Enterprise
Ireland and NetworkIrlande organised a panel discussion on the Franco-Irish partnership in energy and sustainability on Friday, 25 November, to coincide with the signing of the Celtic Interconnector contracts in the presence of Eamon Ryan, Minister for Transport and the Minister for the Environment, Climate, Communications, and Agnès-Pannier Runacher, French Minister for Energy Transition. 

Following opening remarks by An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, the panel, moderated by Enterprise Ireland CEO, Leo Clancy, discussed the challenges and opportunities facing French and Irish businesses in adapting their strategies to shift to renewable energies and to contribute to achieving EU and global climate targets.

NetworkIrlande pioneer members Mark Foley of Eirgrid, Terry McGivern of Kingspan Logstor and Peter Morehead of Pernod Ricard participated on the panel alongside Minister Eamonn Ryan, Xavier Piechaczyk, CEO of Rté, Carmen Munoz, Downstream  Director, EDF and Vice-President of the MEDEF Sustainable Cities Task Force and Gérard Wolf, President of the MEDEF Sustainable Cities Task Force and Vice-President of the MEDEF Africa Committee. 

A lively Q&A session followed and the morning was rounded off with a networking breakfast.


October 13th, 2022

A big thank you to Laurence Bibow and her colleague Catherine Hanratty from Murgitroyd for their presentation regarding the protection of intellectual property, its importance for all business activity and for their insights into the Unitary Patent and the planned referendum on the Unified Patent Court. We were delighted to welcome a very diverse group for this 'Lunch and Learn' who were all very engaged by this topic judging by the questions and conversations that ensued.

We look forward to continuing this very popular and instructive series of events in the New Year. If you are a business member of NetworkIrlande and would like to share your business activity or expertise at one of our next 'Lunch and Learn's' please contact to discuss.

Rentrée Lunch at the Races

September 29th, 2022

Of the many sports, traditions and activities that bring the French and Irish together, horse-racing has to be one of the most spectacular and the most exciting so it was very fitting that NetworkIrlande celebrate the rentrée with a 'Lunch at the Races'. The event attracted over 70 NetworkIrlande members and guests to the Hippodrome d'Auteuil on Thursday, September 29th , to renew old acquaintances, make new contacts and of course try their luck at the tracks! 

We were honoured with the presence of H.E. Mr. Niall Burgess, Ambassador of Ireland to France, who shared some interesting facts during his welcome address. Notably that thoroughbred horse breeding in Ireland is an industry that represents 1.84 billion in turnover employing 29,000 people both directly and indirectly. Ireland is the third largest breeder of thoroughbred foals in the world and the second largest seller of thoroughbred stocks at public auction in the world after the United States.  Also, Ireland sells more racehorses to France than the rest of the EU combined!

Lisa-Jane Graffard of Graffard racing then gave us a lovely insight into her experience of the horse-breeding industry and her career which includes being one of the first students chosen for the 'Godolphin Flying Start' program created by Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum, later becoming Godolphin's representative in France and now working with her French husband , Francois-Henri Graffard at Graffard Racing, with a racing stable of 200 horses based out of Chantilly. Another very successful example of Franco-Irish collaboration!

Guests were then given a brief tutorial by France Galop staff on how to place bets and the champagne reception gave way to our lunch. Excitement was high throughout as guests made use of our private tribune to follow the fate of their chosen favourites during a very exciting steeplechase program. 

After lunch, guests were treated to a fascinating private tour of the Hippodrome with access to many areas normally off-limits to visitors.

We thank all our members and guests for joining us for this very enjoyable event with special thanks to our generous sponsors, EQUANS, PARAGON ID and ENTERPRISE IRELAND.


Welcome To Our New Members


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Pernod Ricard has grown from the merger of two French anise-based spirits companies, Pernod and Ricard in 1975, passionate about its products and with an entrepreneurial ambition to introduce them to consumers around the world to a second largest wines and spirits company globally. Pernod Ricard is experiencing extraordinary international growth and has the most comprehensive portfolio in the industry. The Group's subsidiaries are present in over 70 countries with nearly 19,000 employees worldwide. While exporting now to more than 160 countries, Pernod Ricard products remain deeply connected to their origins. Champagne and Cognac are produced in France, Irish whiskey in Ireland, Scotch whisky in Scotland. True to its identity "Créateurs de Convivialité", Pernod Ricard is also a responsible host, deeply committed to promoting responsible drinking and environmental transition.

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C-Risk provides solutions to quantify information security and tech risk in financial terms.

They help organisations understand information risk in business terms, decide how to prioritize investments to improve cyber resilience and information security compliance.

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EM Normandie is one of the top business schools in the world. Founded in 1871 as one of the first French international management schools, EM Normandie today has 6,300 students on 6 campuses in France and internationally - Caen, Le Havre, Paris, Dubaï, Dublin et Oxford. 

International accreditations and national certifications awarded to EM Normandie demonstrate its excellence in all fields: Strategy, Pedagogy, Programmes, Faculty, Research, International, Links with the Business World, Graduates' Careers.

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Nord France Invest is the investment promotion agency for the hauts de france region. Financed by the Regional Council and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Hauts-de-France, they help foreign-owned companies set up operations in Hauts-de-France and grow their business here.
Their services—free of charge—are designed for foreign-owned companies. And 100% confidentiality is their watchword.
"Since our founding in 1966, Nord France Invest has helped nearly 1,200 international companies set up in business in our region. For 20 years, Hauts-de-France has ranked among the TOP THREE host regions for foreign-owned companies in France."

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Recent Member News



Pioneer member Amarenco was responsible for the solarization of the roof of the Sharm El-Sheikh International Convention Center which hosted the COP27 in November!


Ecocem is launching ACT, a breakthrough cement technology, which combines a range of technical innovations with the use of widely available low-carbon materials to decarbonise the production of cement while enhancing the strength and durability of the concrete it is used to manufacture. Read more here and ici.


On November 25th Eirgrid with their French counterpart Réseau de Transport d'Électricité (RTE) signed key technical and financial agreements for the Celtic Interconnector. A significant milestone for Ireland and an 'anchor' in the future of the Ireland-France energy relationship, access the press release here.



The Dunkirk International Logistics (DLI)  Zone has officially been launched. Read more here.



Kerry will be present at the Food Ingredients Europe in Paris from Dec 6th to 8th. Find out more here.


Primark continue their expansion in France with 7 new stores due to open by the end of next year, creating 800 new jobs. Read more here.



Other News & Events

Irish Economic Growth Outlook

According to the IMF World Economic outlook, Ireland is forecast to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world this year! Visit for their full global report.

Franco - Irish Freight Boom

Freight trade between Ireland and France has risen by an enormous 606% between 2019 and 2022 according to France Info! Read more about the Franco-Irish freight boom in the recent France Economic Policy Roundup issued by the Embassy of Ireland here.

Opening of a Consulate General of Ireland in Lyon

The new Consulate General will represent Irish interests in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regions and play an important role in strengthening political, commercial and cultural ties between France and Ireland. Consul General Ciara de Mora and her team will work alongside the existing Enterprise Ireland trade promotion office in Lyon as well as the other Irish State development agencies present in France Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland and IDA Ireland.

The opening of a Consulate in Lyon was a key commitment made by Ireland in the France-Ireland Joint Plan of Action, signed during President Macron's visit to Ireland in 2021. The Plan outlines a range of new initiatives to strengthen cooperation between Ireland and France and demonstrates the enduring strength of the bilateral relationship.  

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