6 December 2019
2 December 2019
Annual meeting of the ‘conseil d’orientation stratégique’ of the embassy’s cultural services in Dublin yesterday. Brace yourselves for a year packed with fantastic cultural events supported by the French embassy in Ireland in 2020! In Limerick, watch out for Nuit des Idées, EuropeanExpo 2020, Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival, Erasmus Days 2020, ADEFFI 2020 and much more to be announced soon! Stay tuned!
19 November 2019
Thank you to Shane Hartigan, Leo Colgan & Denis Ahern (pictured) of Integrated Media Solutions for inviting me to visit their Limerick head quarters today. IMS is one of many companies in Midwest Ireland willing to do business with France. Some great job opportunities to be announced soon. Stay tuned!
18 November 2019
Thank you to Jerry Hallissey, Head of Business Development of the Shannon Foynes Port Company for inviting me to visit the great port facilities at their site in Foynes. Good follow up meeting and huge potential for direct import/export between the Midwest region and France. More on this soon!
15 November 2019
I was delighted to attend the launch of the Limerick Electronic Arts Festival (LEAF 2020) at St Mary’s Cathedral today at the invitation of the organisers Joe Clarke (CWB, LEAF Promoter), Paul Boland (CWB, LEAF Producer) and Sheila Deegan (Limerick City & County Council). A pleasure to meet futurist Anne Lise Kjaer and watch great performances by Chime Out choir and Glasshouse Music. Looking forward to seeing the full programme of events. Click here to read an article from I Love Limerick about today’s launch.
11 November 2019
Such a pleasure to attend the 7th annual MidWest Tourism Ball of Irish Hotels Federation this evening at the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare. Congratulations to the award winners and thank you to Shannon Group plc for their kind invitation and to the organisers for their warm welcome.
10 November 2019
It was a privilege and an honour to attend the very moving Remembrance Day ceremony organised by the Limerick branch of the Royal British Legion today and to lay a wreath on behalf of the embassy of France in memory of all those who lost their lives on the battlefields of World War 1 and World War 2. Lest we forget.
6 November 2019
So glad to have attended the media event today at which Shannon Airport and Aer Lingus announced the opening of a new route to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport! This is such good news for tourism and businesses in the Mid-West region and for all the people who have relentlessly called for this to happen! Click here to read a press release from the Consular Agency of France in Limerick, here to listen to Clare FM Gavin Grace’s report on today’s announcement and here to watch a video of the event.
5 November 2019
Thank you to the Limerick Chamber of Commerce for a very instructive briefing on the Copenhagen Economics report on the impact of aviation policy on the economic development of the Midwest region. Huge potential for Shannon Airport to become a major European hub with some governmental support!
28 October 2019
Such a privilege to open the Saint Martin’s Fair Conference this evening celebrating the cosmopolitan nature of medieval Limerick alongside the Mayor of Limerick City & Council, Cllr Michael Sheahan, and Her Excellency Else Berit Eikeland, Ambassador of Norway to Ireland. Thank you to the organiser Dr Cathy Swift for putting together such a great event. Click here for the full programme.
16 October 2019
Great turnout for the launch of Alliance française Limerick’s monthly French Film Club at One Pery yesterday evening in the comfort of the magnificent Drawing Room. Delicious canapés and wine generously provided by One Pery. Congratulations to Alliance française Limerick’s Cultural Officer Maria Hennessey, Cultural Coordinator Anne Blondelle and Teacher Claire Lapergue without whom that great initiative would not have been possible. Can’t wait for next month’s film!
14 October 2019
Delighted to attend a very successful networking event organised by Business France Ireland with Agence de Développement Economique de la Région Occitanie and Aerospace Valley at Shannon Airport today where no less 13 French aeronautical companies met with Shannon’s International Aviation Services Centre. Shannon Airport and the Midwest region as a major European hub in the making!
13 October 2019
What a pleasure to meet with the Ballina-Killaloe/Basse-Goulaine twinning committees this weekend. Thank you to Patricia and Eddie Moore for being such great hosts on Saturday and to Clare and Tipperary County Councils for their warm welcome yesterday in Ballina. A great evening spent in the company of Co. Tipperary cathaoirleach Cllr Joe Hannigan, Co. Clare Cllr Tony O’Brien, and Basse-Goulaine Deputy Mayor José Godinho and Municipal Councillors Frank Cosnefroy & Sylvie Hary celebrating the developing friendship between Ballina-Killaloe and Basse-Goulaine.
7 October 2019
A pleasure and an honour to meet the members of the Limerick branch of the Organisation of National Ex-Service men & women today. Thank you to President Garrett Ryan and all the other veterans for their warm welcome. ONE members are doing such a great job in remembering those who died in service and supporting those who retired. So sad to hear that some veterans involved in peace-keeping missions for the United Nations are sleeping rough. Support the ‘Sleeping Flags‘ initiative! Looking forward to seeing ONE members again for Remembrance Day. (Thanks to Denis Carroll for the beautiful book Images of Sarsfield Barracks and to Branch Secretary Christopher Barr for the photos).
Thank you to Shannon Foynes Port Company’s Harbour Master Michael Kennelly and Business Managers Sean McGowan and Mark Connolly for a very detailed presentation of the SFPC’s ambitious expansion plans focused on connections with French ports. Between Shannon Airport and the Shannon Foynes Port Company, the Midwest region could soon become home to two major European hubs with direct links to France, aka Ireland’s soon-to-be closest EU neighbour.
30 September 2019
A book of condolence in memory of former President Jacques Chirac was opened by the Consular Agency of France in Limerick on Monday 30 September, declared National Day of Mourning in France. Some very touching tributes to the late President and a much-appreciated visit by Senator Maria Byrne. Thank you to Alliance française de Limerick for accommodating us.
21 September 2019
Delighted to attend the great gathering of Irish/Breton twinning committees organised by the Association Bretagne Irlande & Pays Celtes on board Brittany Ferries Pont-Aven. A great way to share good practices and ideas of exchanges between twinned cities. A pleasure to meet members of the very active Lahinch/Arzon twinning committees from both sides of the Celtic sea and to have lunch with Cllr Martin Ryan (Leas-Chathaoirleach of the Municipal District of Cappamore-Kilmallock) and Julie Hogan and Edel O’Flynn (members of the Cappamore/Langonnet Twinning Committee).
9 September 2019
Very glad to take part in the second workshop on the organisation of European Expo at the Limerick City Council this morning and then to attend the official launch of that fantastic initiative at the Hunt Museum with former Mayor and current Cathaoirleach of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Cllr James Collins. A lot of exciting events in the making to bring Europe to Limerick in 2020 thanks to John Moran’s drive and vision and under the leadership of Jill Cousin, CEO of the Hunt Museum. European Expo will be organised in partnership with the European Investment Bank and with the support of Limerick City Council and the city’s higher education institutions. More on this soon.
29 August 2019
A very instructive meeting today at Shannon Airport with Mayor of Clare Cllr Cathal Crowe, Shannon Group CEO & President of Shannon Chamber of Commerce Mary Considine, Shannon Group Director of Public Affairs Caroline Kelleher and Head of Communications Nandi O’Sullivan, Shannon Airport Managing Director Andrew Murphy, as well as Cllr Tony O’Brien (Chair of Clare County Council Twinning Committee) and Ann Reynolds (Clare County Council Corporate Services). Thank you to Managing Director Andrew Murphy for the warm welcome and guided tour of the the airport’s facilities. Looking forward to working together with all the meeting attendees to strengthen the links between France and County Clare. Click here to read a press release from the Clare Echo.
14 July 2019
First ever large-scale celebration of Bastille Day and launch of Limerick’s annual Wild Geese Festival at King John’s Castle today! Thank you to Mayor Michael Sheahan, to the Arts Office of the Limerick City & County Council and, in particular, to Sheila Deegan for their decisive support. Thanks also to Shannon Heritage, our host, to the Irish Defence Forces and to all the volunteers without whom today’s great event could not have happened: Mr Thomas Sheehan, President of the French Foreign Legion Association of Ireland, Mr Cornelius O’Sullivan and the En Garde Association members and Ms Eileen O’Connor and the Board of Directors of Alliance française Limerick. See you all on 12 July 2020 for an even bigger event! (pictures are from Shauna Kennedy, Morning Star Photography). Click here to watch RTE1’s coverage of the event.
14 July 2019
Such an honour to attend the National Commemoration Day ceremony in Limerick and pay tribute to all the Irishmen and Irishwomen who died in past wars or on UN missions. Thank you to Mayor Sheahan for the invite and to Limerick City & Council, the veterans and the Defence Forces for their very warm welcome.
10 July 2019
Thank you to DesignPro Automation and its sister company DesignPro Renewables for inviting me to meet their teams and visit their facilities in Rathkeale. Both companies have extensive links with France and some potential opportunities for further connections were discussed at our meeting today. Something to keep in mind for the future. Click here to find out more.
6 July 2019
Great meeting in Carrigaline today with my fellow French honorary consuls Catherine Gagneux and Josselin Le Gall, with Jim Kelly (President of Carrigaline Twinning Association) and Michelle Murphy (Public Relations Officer), as well as with Jean-Claude Quer and Sylvie Rufet (President and former President of Bretagne-Irlande et Pays Celtes). A lot of fruitful exchanges on the organisation of a major gathering of Breton-Irish twinning committees in Ringaskiddy on 21 September 2019 onboard Brittany Ferries’ MV Pont Aven. More on this soon.
28 June 2019
Thank you to Sgt Andrew O’Riordan and his colleagues from Henry Street and Mayorstown Garda Stations for taking me for a tour of their offices today. Great to learn about all the procedures French nationals might have to go through and meet with the dedicated men and women who keep our community safe. Really felt like one of them in the end!
24 June 2019
A very fruitful meeting with Mayor of Limerick City & County Michael Sheahan this evening. Some exciting events in the making to celebrate the friendship between France and France in Limerick… Stay tuned!
19 JUNE 2019
Delighted to have been invited to take part in a fascinating two-hour long brainstorming workshop organised by John Moran (Chairman of the Hunt Museum) and Jill Cousins (Museum Director) about ‘European Expo’, an inspiring and very ambitious project which will hopefully take place in Limerick in 2020. More on it soon.
18 June 2019
Thank you to Deputy Mayor Adam Teskey and all the guests who attended the reception offered by H.E. Mr Stéphane Crouzat, Ambassador of France to Ireland, at the Limerick Chamber of Commerce, on the occasion of the award of my exequatur. Many thanks also to Ms Dee Ryan, CEO of the Limerick Chamber for hosting the event.
Looking forward to working with all the invitees in the months to come to further develop the already strong connections between France and counties Limerick, Clare and Tipperary. More photos from Morning Star Photography can be found here and a great video courtesy of the Limerick Chamber can be watched here.
18 JUNE 2019
Thank you to John Moran, Chairman of the Hunt Museum, for inviting me along with H.E. Ambassador Stéphane Crouzat for a private tour of the great exhibition of Osbourne & Lavery’s paintings. A must see at the Hunt Museum in Limerick until 30 September.
14 June 2019
Launch of the first step of the SisterVillesIRL project aimed at enabling French-Irish twinned cities to share examples of good practice with others. Follow @SisterVillesIRL on Twitter for more details.
13 June 2019
Fascinating meeting today with Thomas Fialon, chef and owner of The French Table restaurant, as well as BIA café and La Pâtisserie (all in Limerick), to discuss his exciting project of founding a Limerick Food Academy. The aim of this academy would be to train future restaurant staff and managers and meet the need for highly-qualified personnel of hotels and restaurants in the region and beyond. More on this soon.
10 June 2019
Absolutely delighted to meet today with amateur historian Cornelius O’Sullivan, President of ‘En garde’, an association of Irish people who, for the past 20 years, have dedicated their spare time to re-enacting episodes of French-Irish history to celebrate the longstanding friendship between our two countries. Our meeting today will pave the way for the organisation of a number of events in Limerick and the Mid-West, hopefully starting very soon… Stay tuned!
30 May 2019
Happy to attend the launch of Dominique Le Meur‘s latest book La promesse de Dublin at The Granary Library in Limerick this evening, along with my predecessor Marie Hackett. A Lecturer in French at University of Limerick, Dominique Le Meur has already written 5 other novels, all set in Ireland.
30 May 2019
Thank you to BDO Limerick for their invitation to visit their new offices on O’Connell Street this evening. BDO is one of the largest accountancy firms in the world, employing 105+ people in Limerick and has a network of 1,200 associates in 45 offices in France. Very nice meeting Paul Marron, Speciality Business Manager at Limerick- based Grassland Agro, part of the French firm Groupe Roullier.