On Tuesday, December 1st, the North Cork Enterprise Board in conjunction with the North Cork Business Alliance , held a networking event at Springfort Hall in Newtwopothouse. The event kicked off with the sign in process, and was followed by some introductory speeches. Garrett Fitzgerald, Munster Rugby CEO then took to the podium. Garret described over the next 30 minutes, how he and his team took the club from a humble position in 1999 to the international brand that it is today. The tale was peppered with anecdotes and words of advice, and it was very well received by the audience.

When the speeches had concluded, the speed networking event commenced. There were 4 tables and roughly 120 attendees, each of whom had 3 minutes to exchange information with others in the interests of forming new business relationships.  Each individual got the opportunity to speak to about 13 other business people, before time ran out.

Everyone I spoke with was very upbeat about the event, and most had gained valuable new contacts and potential sales leads. Joan Kelleher of the NCEB was widely praised for playing a key role in ensuring that the event went off without a hitch.