NETWORKING LUNCH A SPLENDID SUCCESS | News | Buccaneers Rugby Football Club Athlone

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published:Feb  08   2018

BUCCANEERS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB’S NETWORKING LUNCH proved hugely enjoyable and splendidly successful. It was a full house for this inaugural event held in Athlone’s Sheraton Hotel.


The club found a winning formula including a stellar lineup of speakers in Pat McDonagh (founder and CEO Supermacs), Gary McGann (Chairman of Paddy Power Betfair and also Aryzta) and Kingsley Aikins (founder and CEO Diaspora Matters). Ms. Orla Thornton (Director of Marketing & Communications at Athlone Institute of Technology) proved the perfect conduit to moderate the chat between Messrs. McGann and McDonagh. This took place before a topclass lunch with complimentary wine. The formalities then concluded with most amusing and entertaining ruminations by Mr. Aikins whose regaling had the audience in near constant laughter!


Buccaneers RFC is immensely grateful for the contribution of our speakers and their chairlady. The club gratefully acknowledges the massive turnout at the event for which the organising committee of Tom Meagher, Michael Cleary, Eamonn Collins and Tom Keady can take great credit. Thanks too to all at the Sheraton Hotel who ensured everything was first rate. Gratitude is also extended to the sponsors of the prizes, which were won by the following:-


IRFU Jersey signed by the Ireland team:-Clifford Richardson

2 nights B&B + evening meal at Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth:-         Patrick O’Meara.

€200 Dubarry shoes voucher:-:-   Eamonn Derwin

Croughan’s Supervalu hamper:-               Ronan Fagan

Evening dinner + wine for two at The Bounty:-       Hugh Conlon

Sheraton Hotel luxury spa treatment:-      Charlie Doyle

‘Love My Hair’ salon voucher:-     Alan Grace  

Buccaneers RFC 2 tickets to Ireland v Wales 6 Nations match:-    Paul Coburn.