Shortlisted for Best Corporate Event – Event Industry Awards
The ‘Dublin Meeting’ was host to 60 global YPO members. Attendees engaged with exceptional and globally recognised speakers, had unique access to YPO’s only Global Investment Forum and experienced amazing cultural heritage with the guidance of outstanding local experts that showcased the very best of Ireland’s UNESCO City of Literature. Corporate event client’s Young Presidents Organisation Gold EuroChapter, are a global network of chief executives over the age of 50, formerly WPO, World Presidents Organisation, established in 2004 has approx 100 members representing over 25 countries.
The objectives of this meeting were to provide a meeting point in Europe for YPO members who seek a European multicultural experience. Exposing international YPO Gold members to the riches and diversity of Dublin’s history, culture, literature and politics. The 60 attendees ranged from diplomats and senior elected and appointed government officials on international, national, regional and local levels. YPO members are lifetime leaders who have responsibility in the fields of corporate governance, public service and educational advancement.
Andrew Greystoke of YPO Gold member said “The attention to detail and creativeness has been second to none. We have been so well looked after”
The concepts of the event was to showcase and educate the attendees of Dublin’s rich and varied culture and to present a true and enlightening experience for all in attendance. It was important that exceptional and globally recognised speakers were sourced and that the itinerary represented the diversity and history of Dublin and its surrounding environs. Speakers for the event ranged from Bertie Ahern – Ireland’s former Taoiseach, Richard Moore – Founder of the charity, Children in Crossfire; Author of the book, “Can I Give Him My Eyes?”, Father Michael Rodgers – Founder and Director of Tearmann Spirituality Centre, John Oxx – Leading Irish trainer of racehorses, Prof. Andrew Carpenter Royal Irish Academy member and a Fellow of the English Association and Marianne Gorman – primary guide and expert on Dublin.
Go West and the EuroChapter management team created an innovative and bespoke itinerary and the field trip element of this conference was critical for Go West in terms of its design and delivery. Pre-Academy Wicklow Tour which consisted visiting Powerscourt House & Gardens followed by private transfer to Glendalough, a glacial valley renowned for an Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century, guided tour led by Fr Michael Rodgers.
A Small Irish Food Producers Dinner at O’Connells in Donnybrook was accompanied by a talk by Tom O’Connell on Artisan food, and Irish produced food with contemporary cooking.The following day included a private Dáil Éireann visit led by Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh, the national Parliament, a Dublin Bay Cruise and the Guinness Storehouse.A visit to Croke Park the was followed by a choice of walking tours in smaller groups, designed by our Dublin expert, Marianne Gorman: attendees had a choice of ‘Early Literary Giants – Swift & Yeats or 18th Century Dublin – Henrietta Street Tour’. Henrietta Street was the place to live in Dublin in the 1740s. The tour of of Henrietta Street was a resounding hit with the group. They were fortunate enough to be invited to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Casey’s house at No. 13 Henrietta Street. This house was purchased in 1974 and restored in a most thoughtful way to demonstrate the layers of history since the building’s construction. The Caseys live there and gave the group an eye opening insight into their lifestyle and the history of their home.
The evening unveiled a private viewing of the Book of Kells and Gala dinner with local YPO’ers at the Banquet Hall of Trinity College – with traditional Irish entertainment brought the evening to a close. The music was provided by Carmel Dempsey on vocals, Brenda Curtin on fiddle and the Hession School of Dancers. The final day of the ‘Meeting’ was a Post-Academy Irish Horse Racing Tour, visiting Kildangan Stud, one of the stallions of the global breeding operation owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, a meeting with John Oxx, a leading Irish trainer followed by a visit to Curragh Racecourse, Ireland’s most important thoroughbred racing. Frank Callaghan’s private house in Fitzwilliam Place was the unique setting for the farewell dinner where Prof. Andrew Carpenter discussed Jonathan Swift to conclude this very ‘Dublin’ orientated, heritage strong cultural event.
Post Event Survey
“The feedback from participants was enthusiastically positive: “Thank you so much for hosting – it’s a wonderful event” said Christoph Amberger, President YPO Gold EuroChapter
“The entertainment is as good as you will see anywhere in the World”
“Wow! What a great event. The diligent work of all the committee members was evident in such a well planned and executed function. We enjoyed getting to know this dynamic (and fun) group and are looking forward to our next meeting. “
“Thank you for a wonderfully memorable Dublin event! “
Do you have an upcoming Corporate Destination Event and need expert advice, creative planning and proven management skills? Contact: Kerry O’Sullivan or Kathleen McDonagh on 091-591222 and at firstname.lastname@example.org
Services provided by Go West included:
Venue sourcing and Management
Itinerary Planning & Management
Staging & Production