26th July 2018

Breege O’Donoghue Luncheon – Bookings

Ennis Chamber in association with Local Enterprise Office Clare, will host a luncheon on Friday September 7th at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, with iconic Clare-born businesses woman Breege O’Donoghue, as guest speaker.

Breege will relay her journey from her upbringing on a farm in Boston, near Tubber Co. Clare to the boardrooms of Ireland, to leading one of Ireland’s leading global brands ‘Primark’ on its international conquest.

Until recently a Board Member & Group Director (Business Development & New Markets) at Primark, after 37 years, Breege continues in an Ambassadorial role in Primark.

Having started her career in hotel management with the Great Southern Hotel Group, she left to set up Penneys HR department in 1979 where she was a key player in its expansion (as Primark) across Europe and into the US market.

Breege is currently:

  • Chairman of The Design and Crafts Council of Ireland
  • Chairman of Real World Analytics
  • Board member of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School
  • Non-Executive Director of Shaw & Sons Ltd
  • Member of the Outside Appointments Board (Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour)

Breege has held government appointed board positions at state companies including:

  • An Post
  • Aer Rianta
  • Chair of Shannon College of Hotel Management
  • Chair of the Labour Relations Commission
  • Trustee and a Council Member of IBEC

As an iconic businesswoman, she has received top-flight awards and recognition both in Ireland and internationally. Amongst her more recent honours are:

  • Chevalier (Knight) of The Ordre National de la Legion d’Honneur presented by President François Hollande of France (2016)
  • Iconic Businesswomen of the Decade’ at the WOMEN ECONOMIC FORUM, held in New Delhi, India (2016)
  • UCD Business – Smurfit Patrons of Excellence (2017)
  • Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, honoris causa, from Dublin Institute of Technology (2016)
  • Drapers Retail Personality of the Year 2016 (UK)
  • Irish Tatler Hall of Fame Award (2016)
  • UCD Quinn School ‘Alumnus of the Year’ Awards in both Dublin and New York (2015)
  • The inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award at the IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards (2014)

Whether you work in HR, retail, own your own business, are fascinated by those who succeed in business, or seek a few pearls of wisdom, this event is for you.

To book your place please email your contact details to:

Luncheon Cost: Chamber members: €20

Non-members: €25

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