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I’ve worked in DMOs since 1999, both rural and urban. Initially I was in leisure tourism but made the move to MICE in 2010 and have not looked back. My early career involved welding equipment but left that after an incident involving nuclear submarines – ask me about that some day! I currently serve as Vice President of European Cities Marketing representing the meetings industry and sit on the sustainability committee of SITE.
Favourite Place in Dublin
Walking into the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity College still gives me a shiver – I just think it is such a spectacular space. I love a good pint of Guinness and there are no shortage of great spots to enjoy it in Dublin. To get a perfect pint with a creamy head after the correct pour is so enjoyable.
Fun Fact about Sam
I once had tea with Diana, Princess of Wales. I won a ‘Bonnie Baby’ contest when I was about 7-months old. And I still have the trophy!
Sam’s favourite Irish song
Creativity is in the Irish DNA leading to some incredible songs. I don’t have a note in my head so I only listen, but one that always gets the hairs on the back of my neck standing is when I hear U2’s Beautiful Day. It reminds me of a video from many years promoting Dublin and it really was ahead of its time.
Sam’s favourite Irish Sport
Rugby. I know it isn’t indigenous to us, but we play it so very well and punch way above our weight, both at club level but also on the international stage. Like so many things that we do.
If Sam was stranded on a dessert island, what 3 Irish things would he bring?
There are so many Irish inventions that I would consider, like the submarine which would be very handy. But if I was to stay on that island for a while I would definitely like to have an endless Guinness keg – it’s ‘Good for You’ after all. Next would be some of the wonderful Irish cuisine that we produce year round, right across the country. And last but not least would be a couple more Irish people – as the friendliest people in the world we would have great ‘craic’.
I caught the MICE bug early on in my career & thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of it over the years from operations and traveling to weird and wonderful places accompanying groups to Business Development and Management.
Favourite Place in Dublin
Strolling around St. Stephens Green on a sunny day with my little boy, feeding the ducks & going for a Murphys salted caramel ice cream afterwards.
Fun fact about Aine
Whilst working on an incentive group on the Florida keys, I had to organise the rapid departure of 10 sea planes against a rising tide…the last one left (with a few drops of water in the cabin) in the nick of time with me on it thankfully!
Aine’s favourite thing about her job
I am very proud of our beautiful city, so it’s a pleasure to show International Business Tourism buyers all that we have to offer for their MICE business. I enjoy meeting people from so many different industries and our own industry partners, so it makes for varied and interesting days.
Aine’s claim to fame
In my college days I served Stevie Nicks, Sir Cliff Richard & Belinda Carlisle in the Westbury Hotel & met Sam Neil in a Dublin restaurant one evening while out for dinner.
From a very young age, I always knew I wanted a people facing job where I could meet people from all over the world. I decided to do Commerce in UCD which I knew would act as a solid base degree and open many doors for me. During that time, I worked a part-time job in the hospitality sector, and I loved it. When I heard about the Ibec Graduate Programme and the opportunity to work in Fáilte Ireland from it, I knew that was exactly where I wanted to start my career. I joined the Dublin Convention Bureau team in 2019 and have had a fantastic and exciting journey so far selling Dublin, a place I am proud to call my home.
Favourite Place in Dublin
Howth is also one of my favourite spots in Dublin with its stunning scenery and buzzing bars and restaurants. As well as that, nothing beats strolling around the city centre while enjoying the music on the streets, followed by a spot of shopping. The great thing about Dublin is that it is so easy to get around.
Fun Fact about Ciara
I thoroughly enjoy being by the sea, whether that be for a swim, a walk or a run. I also do boxing classes which are great to relieve stress, break a sweat and a bit of fun too.
What is Ciara’s claim to fame?
I spent a Summer working in a 5-star hotel in Dublin City when I was younger and while I was working there Michelle Obama and her two daughters were staying. The general manager of the hotel wanted to get the Obama girls an Irish token and decided on two Irish Claddagh rings with an emerald stone. I was the youngest person working there at the time and so they decided to bring me along to try on the rings for size!
Ciara’s Favourite Irish Dish
Ireland is famous for it’s delicious seafood and for me, nothing beats a good fish and chips and a pint of Guinness. My recommendation would be to take a day trip to Howth for a walk and a stroll around the market followed by a fish and chips and a pint from one of the many pubs there.
Hello there! My name is Ciarán, and I am a proud Dubliner who loves my city, country, sports (especially golf) and great food. I trained in Culinary Arts in Dublin Institute of Technology for four years, before completing a Masters in International Tourism in the University of Limerick in 2017. I then worked as a Marketing Assistant with the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism in Barcelona, where I worked on the European Regions of Gastronomy Project. In 2018 I returned home and joined Fáilte Ireland’s Business Development Team. I spent nearly two years working primarily on golf tourism, before moving to my latest role with the Association Conference Team at Dublin Convention Bureau in June 2020.
Favourite place in Dublin
The Fumbally Stables on Clannbrassil Street on Saturdays. Every Saturday, my favourite bakery (Scéal Bakery; ‘Scéal’ is Irish for ‘Story’) set up shop at the Stables and sell their amazing sourdough bread, cookies, pastries, and ice cream sandwiches. They are divine! It is heaven on Earth for bread and pastry lovers like me. The trick is to arrive early; within minutes of opening a large queue will have already formed and often extends down the length of Fumbally lane! I love to grab some pastries, a nice coffee from the adjacent Fumbally Café and head to the park beside St Patrick’s Cathedral for a chat with a friend. It is such a great way to start the weekend.
Fun fact about Ciarán
I love cooking, and in my previous life, I trained and worked as a chef for 5 years in Dublin, Melbourne and Auckland.
Ciarán’s favourite Irish dish
Anything with Smoked Gubbeen Cheese from Schull, Co. Cork; it’s world-class!
Ciarán’s favourite Irish sport?
Gaelic Handball – think squash but using your hand instead of a racket!
I took my science degree (cell and molecular biology) to the UAE where I taught science for 3 years, experienced many different cultures, caught up with locals and did some extensive travelling. On returning home I had a new found love for my city and country. I completed my diploma in event management, worked in the MICE industry for a few years before acquiring a wealth of knowledge within the operational side of international association conferences. I am excited and proud to bring my operational experience to the DCB team along with my knowledge of our industry and city to our ambassadors embarking on their journey to hosting an international conference.
Favourite Place in Dublin
The 40ft; Sea swimming with the locals you will always meet a friendly face, welcomed by the Irish Sea and feeling revitalised after a fresh dip.
Fun fact about Rachael
I love daily swims in the sea, even in the middle of February when the water is its coldest!
Rachael’s Favourite Irish dish
A hearty Irish stew during the winter months.
Rachael’s claim to fame
Representing Ireland at the Touch Rugby World Cup in Malaysia 2019.
Rachael’s favourite Irish Seanfhocail (proverb)
Bíonn siúlach scéalach (travellers have tales to tell)
I’m very happy to be one of the longest serving members of the DCB team. Day to day I enjoy focusing on association meetings, I manage and monitor leads from bid stage through to conversion. I regularly attend overseas promotional events and enjoy getting to know our varied clients and conducting site inspections.
I have worked in tourism and hospitality all my working life and have been lucky to have spent almost 20 years here in Fáilte Ireland, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to expand my knowledge and gain experience in different areas of the organisation.
Favourite Place in Dublin
I’m from Dublin and I love my city. I really enjoy exploring new attractions and experiences, but I also get excited by some of my favourites places like Trinity College or Dublin Castle.
Fun Fact about Frances
My favourite things to do are to walk in St Ann’s Park or on Dollymount Beach, which is a UNESCO biosphere and is just 20 minutes from the city centre. Throw in some ballroom dancing, and that makes me a happy Dubliner.
What are Frances’ favourite Irish sayings
Some of my favourite traditional Irish sayings go like this, A good laugh and a long sleep are two of the best cures and Hindsight is the best insight to foresight
What is Frances’ favourite Irish song?
One of my favourite Irish songs is The Saunter, which explains that no matter where in the world you travel to, there is nowhere like Graton Street in Dublin on a sunny summer morning.
I started my career in Tourism on an IBEC graduate programme over 15 years ago where I worked promoting Ireland as a holiday destination in the Belgian market. Since then I have worked in all areas of MICE within Fáilte Ireland including Trade Promotions, Corporate & Incentive and Association Conferences. I currently work on the Association Conference team in DCB working hard with our conference ambassadors to understand their conference requirements and to ensure that their objectives are met. I concentrate on winning bid documents, site visits and ensuring our clients have all the tools to hand to both win bids and organise successful & memorable conferences. I work closely with Dublin’s Professional Conference Organisers and hotels and venues to ensure Dublin is at the forefront of our client’s minds when choosing a destination for their next conference.
Your favourite place in Dublin & why
One of favourite places in Dublin is The Liberties. For me, it’s such a mix of the real authentic Dublin I remember from my childhood, steeped in history with wonderful characters and then also the exciting, vibrant, creative space it is now becoming.
Fun fact about yourself
I have four children under 8 all with varying shades of red hair
Favourite thing about your job?
I am a people person and I love meeting so many different people from all walks of life. I feel privileged to learn a little bit about their worlds.
Claim to Fame
I have been known to dabble in amateur dramatics and have played the title role of Sive in John B. Keane’s tragic play.
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