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Newsletter January/February 2021

Dear Members,

Our 2021 agenda started on a high with the wonderful David McWilliams exploring the idea of an era of opportunity to follow this current crisis. We are continuing on this positive note with a packed agenda for the following weeks that will keep you informed, connected and entertained! Full details below but we would like in particular to draw your attention to our upcoming Speed Networking event which is an exclusive opportunity to gain one-on-one access to some of the major players in the Franco-Irish business community. Make sure to register your particpation now to ensure you get the meetings you want and fill your agenda as efficiently as possible.

We welcome all our new members this month and remind existing members who have not yet renewed to please do so online as soon as possible, the January grace period is nearly at an end and we do not want you to miss out on any of our activities or events.

Looking forward to connecting with you over the coming month,

Your NetworkIreland team

Recent Events


For this year's Christmas event NetworkIrlande members took a virtual trip to Drumshanbo; County Leitrim where  The Shed Distillery Of PJ Rigney presented their various creations from the very cosy and inviting Honey Badger Bar! A lovely experience made all the more special as it was accompanied by a real-life G&T (thanks also to Fever-Tree) and a truly magical musical treat from Tourism Ireland. It was truly a great way to connect with members at the end of a difficult year for all.

A winner was drawn from the large number of very astute attendees that answered 'Green Tea' in response to the question for the Gunpowder Gin Gift set :

Congratulations Antonia Mahon-Fidelle! 

WEBINAR : The World Post-Crisis : An Era of Opportunity?

David McWilliams addressed the theme of 'The world post-crisis : an era of opportunity' at our first event of the year on January 13th. His positivity and insights could only help convince us of the opportunities that may await us once we resurface from the current crisis. Going as far back as medieval times and the black death, David illustrated how history has shown us time and again that pandemics and crises accelerate change. He highlighted the green energy sector as one which will undoubtedly benefit from the current upheavel and went on to answer a number of questions from members on various topics.

Upcoming Events

WEBINAR with Mairead McGuinness

Monday, February 8th, 3.30pm CET


On the occasion of the Saint Brigid's Day festival organised by the Embassy of Ireland in France, NetworkIrlande are delighted to anounce that European Commissioner Mairead McGuinness will be our next webinar guest speaker on Monday, February 8th @ 3.30pm CET.

In her previous position as First Vice-President of the European Parliament and in her most recent appointment as European Commissioner for financial services, financial stability, and capital markets union, Mairead McGuinness is in a key position to give a very singular perspective not only on the prevalent topics of Brexit, Covid-19 response and Fintech but also the role of women in business and politics today.

This webinar is an exclusive opportunity for NetworkIrlande members to put their questions to Commissioner McGuinness and to get her insights on how these key subjects effect the Franco-Irish business community today. To optimise our time with the Commissioner we will compile your questions in advance and they will be presented by NetworkIrlande president Richard Dujardin, live on February 8th.  We therefore ask you to please address any questions you would like to put to Commissioner McGuinness to as soon as possible and at latest before Friday, February 5th.







We have a very high calibre of participants already registered for our speed networking event on February 11th and would encourage anyone who is interested to register their participation as soon as possible. Meeting scheduling opens on February 1st and agendas are often filled very quickly so do register in advance to avoid dissppointment. 

This year we are going virtual and are excited to be using the latest in digital online-event technology to bring you a speed-networking session which will allow you to connect with a maximum of contacts of your choice in a minimum of time.

For more information and to register please visit


Sunday, February 14th @ 3pm

We may not be able to cheer on our favourite team pitch-side this year however NetworkIrlande are delighted to join up with our friends at Irish in France to connect as much of the Franco-Irish community as possible during the forthcoming clash on February 14th! 

SAVE THE DATE - the online link will follow shortly!


Welcome To Our New Members


The Hyde family has a long tradition of involvement in the drinks industry in Ireland; they were well-known tavern owners at 'Tinkers Cross' outside Bandon in West Cork, from 1640 to 1962. Here they sold Irish whiskey and draught Irish stout straight from wooden casks that they tapped by hand with a wooden mallet and a brass tap.
The drinks business runs through 12 generations of the Hyde family tree and today Conor Hyde continues the family tradition by producing some of Ireland's finest whiskey.

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The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney is the home of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Drumshanbo Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka and other remarkable world-class The Shed Distillery brands.    

With the opening of The Shed Distillery Visitor Experience & Jackalope Café, visitors can now journey into the Inner Sanctum of the authentic distillery and witness as every precious drop is slow-distilled by hand, hand-bottled, sealed and labelled by the proud team at the distillery.  

They will be granted access to PJ's secret tabernacle and embark on the curious botanical trail behind Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, which is slow-distilled by hand with oriental botanicals and gunpowder tea.  The international award-winning gin is now available in over 60 international markets.

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Thursday, February 4th, 11am CET

Our friends at the France Ireland Chamber of Commerce kindly invite NetworkIrlande members to this very timely and topical webinar pertinent to the whole of the Franco-Irish business community. Registration is now open at


Embassy of Ireland in France : St Brigid's Day 

Our webinar in collaboration with the Embassy of ireland in France is just one of three events that are taking place on the occasion of St. Brigid's Day to celebrate the achievements of women in business, politics and the arts. Details of their other events can be found below...

Leadership in Music : Women Conductors

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BREXIT information

Access comprehensive analysis by European Movement Ireland of the EU-UK Trade and Co-Operation Agreement here.  

Enterprise Ireland summarise the key takeaways for Irish firms here.

Recent press on the France Ireland relationship post Brexit here and here.


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