The Federation of Irish Sport has announced the final International night panel as part of the upcoming Irish Sport Industry Innovation Series.

The panel, which will focus on bringing international sporting events to Irish shores, is the latest in the speaker announcements for what is set to be three days of engaging discussion and debate.

Garrett Tubridy, consultant project manager to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 and Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletics Ireland will join Declan Conroy, Europa League Final 2011 and EURO2020 project manager, for an evening of discussion on what it takes to bring an international event to Ireland, what the challenges are once awarded and what the return on investment is for all those who support such activities.

The panel will also bring a government perspective in the form of Donal Hannigan, Principle Officer at the Dept of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media who is heavily involved in the management of the international tournament agenda as outlined in the programme for government.

The panel will bring to life the process of bidding and hosting international events at a range of levels and demonstrate the benefits of a shared knowledge and experience pool on the island.

In a year that has seen many major events shaken by COVID-19, the Federation look forward to hearing the perspectives of the panel on what the future of international events will look like and where there may be opportunities for sporting organisations to dive into event hosting post-pandemic.

The Investment panel on the opening night panel will be chaired by Sport for Business Founder Rob Hartnett and will draw on why brands and investors take an interest in the sector when it comes to their community engagement strategy.

Joining the panel will be Aoife Clarke, Head of Communications at LIDL, Denise Charlton, CEO of the Community Foundation of Ireland and Richie Gernon, Regional Director at EBS.

The series will conclude Lewis Wiltshire, the former Head of the BBC Sport website and who spent time with Twitter before joining Seven League being joined by Jill Downey, MD of Core Sponsorship and Fiona Chambers of UCC to discuss a number of areas that are changing the way in which sport is consumed, enjoyed and managed.

They will be interviewed on the night by Trev Keane of Epic Global Agency.

The series takes place from 20th – 22nd April 2021, with the International night set for the 21st, and tickets are available at


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