Chamber president John Geoghegan with Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Donohoe guest speaker at chamber business awards dinner

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will be the guest speaker at the Mullingar Chamber Business Awards Dinner, which will be held in The Mullingar Park Hotel on Friday November 4.

Sponsored by The Ardonagh Group, the awards dinner will commence with a drinks reception at 6.30pm followed by a welcome address from the President of Mullingar Chamber, John Geoghegan. Following Minister Donohoe’s address, there will then be a small facilitated panel discussion around the topic of Ireland After Brexit and Covid – The Opportunities and Challenges, which will include Minister Donohoe, Shane Keating [Chief Data Officer - Ardonagh Group], Ted Wright [CEO – Writech Industrial Services], Dr Anne Cusack [Chair Midlands Region Economic Forum] and Mags Brennan [Head of Business Banking – PTSB], facilitated by our MC on the night, Joan Mulvihill.

Once the panel discussion concludes there will be a three-course meal with drinks served and then there will be an awards ceremony where 11 businesses will be presented with awards in various categories and the night will conclude with live music from the Cronin brothers' band The Afters.

Mullingar Chamber John Geoghegan says that the event will give members the opportunity to "celebrate our town and county as Ireland moves to a new phase and embraces the challenges ahead".

“The Mullingar Chamber business awards sponsored by The Ardonagh Group in the Mullingar Park Hotel on Friday November 4 presents an outstanding opportunity for Mullingar Chamber and its members and friends to come together and enjoy a night of recognition for local businesses, small and large, after what has been, and continues to be a period of immense challenges for business. We are thrilled to have Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, as our guest speaker on the night. We also and look forward to the panel discussion on the night including Minister Donohoe, Shane Keating, Ted Wright, Dr Anne Cusack, and Mags Brennan, facilitated by our MC on the night, Joan Mulvihill.

"We also look forward to music from the Cronin brothers' band The Afters and might have some surprise guests on the night as well as a reflection on the huge success of Fleadh Cheoil 2022 in the town. We would like to encourage as many members, friends and others to consider this as a very good night out and a moment of reflection and celebration for our town and county as Ireland moves to a new phase and embraces the challenges ahead.

"We would like to thank all who assisted in preparing for this night, particularly Minister Donohoe for his time, Minister Peter Burke for his brilliant assistance, Ardonagh Group for their generous sponsorship, all the panellist speakers and MC Joan Mulvihill and the brilliant crew at Mullingar Park Hotel for offering an outstanding venue for this event. "

Minister Donohoe said that he is "delighted to be joining the members of Mullingar Chamber to recognise businesses in Westmeath and also to discuss the continuing challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit".

"Delivering balanced regional growth and building strong communities is a commitment of this Government and we will work with organisations such as Mullingar Chamber to deliver these objectives.”

Mullingar Chamber is the largest business representative group in the town of Mullingar, the Municipal District and County of Westmeath. With over 200 members from all sectors of the economy and culture, its mission is to promote Mullingar as a place to live and work. This objective is delivered by a board of 17 members and a full time office manager and assistant. Its priorities range from selling over €300,000 of Mullingar Vouchers per annum, running the and #LoveMullingar campaign as well as supporting local strategic sites such as Columb Barracks, the National Science Park and IDA Ardmore. It also liaises with all external stakeholders including Westmeath County Council, Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, Failte Ireland and others. In the past two years the chamber has grown its membership by 75%.

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