ISME Annual Lunch 2019

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ISME's Annual Lunch 2019 - The Business of Sport
This years lunch took place in Leopardstown Pavilion, successful as ever, businesses from across Ireland celebrated and networked.

Photos from the day

The Business Lunch of the year 2019 was brought to you in partnership with FBD insurance.


Following many successful years in Croke Park the event this year took place in the Leopardstown Pavilion.


We have adopted a new approach to the speaker slot this year by introducing a panel discussion. The theme for the discussion is The Business of Sport. Linking with the venue, we have John Osborne, Chief Executive, HRI Racecourses Ltd who is joined by Sinead Galvin, Founder, Galvin Sports Management. The moderator for this discussion is Eoghan Ó Neachtain, Director in Heneghan PR and TG4’s rugby analyst. The panel will be taking questions from guests.

John Osborne, Chief Executive, HRI Racing Courses Ltd

John hails from Kildare and since graduating from University College Dublin in 1987, has held a number of important positions in the racing and bloodstock industry. He is a former Chairman of County Kildare Fáilte. During his time as Chief Executive, the Irish National Stud has been turned from a significant loss maker to a profitable enterprise and is now one of the country’s most significant tourist attractions.

In 2017 John took on the role as Chief Executive of HRI Racing Courses Ltd which is responsible for all racecourse activity, including property, health and safety, finance, marketing, strategy and catering. He will be required to drive commerciality, sponsorship and the entertainment experience for customers at the racecourses.

Sinéad Galvin, Founder, Galvin Sports Management

Sinéad Galvin founded Galvin Sports Management, a sports marketing consultancy in 2016. She currently represents several of Ireland’s leading Olympians and Paralympians including Thomas Barr and Ellen Keane. Other clients include race event management company Pop Up Races, Wilson Hartnell, Irish Life Health, Athletics Ireland, Gymnastics Ireland and Sport Ireland. Sinéad has over 15 years’ professional industry expertise, starting her career in brand management working for leading Irish and global brands.

She then became marketing manager at Athletics Ireland. From there, she joined PR agency Wilson Hartnell as Account Director in the Sports Practice, heading up Electric Ireland/Team Ireland and AIB GAA, #TheToughest campaigns.

Eoghan Ó Neachtain, Director, Heneghan PR & Rugby Analyst, TG4

Eoghan Ó Neachtain has over twenty years of experience in public affairs, communications and stakeholder management, and has a proven track record of achievement operating at the highest of Government, commercial semi state and international organisations. Uniquely he served as Press Secretary to three Governments and Taoiseach from 2000 to 2007 and is currently Director of Public Affairs in Heneghan PR.

Eoghan is a regular contributor on national radio and TV programmes covering Irish and international affairs and as a rugby analyst on TG4 TV.