14th March 2019

Ennis Chamber welcomes Shelley McNamara Grafton Architects as Keynote Speaker

Ennis Chamber is delighted to announce Shelley McNamara co-founder and co-director of Grafton Architects (and native of Lisdoonvarna) as keynote speaker at this year’s President’s Lunch, sponsored by MHP Solicitors.

To take place at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis on Tuesday, March 26th, this promises to be an enjoyable, energising and inspirational lunchtime event.

As MD of Sherry FitzGerald McMahon, Ennis, current Ennis Chamber President Diarmuid McMahon decided to focus on policy, with specific attention to development and construction during his tenure, making Shelley McNamara the ideal keynote speaker to mark the end of his year as president.

Said Diarmuid “The business community in Ennis and Clare are very proud of Shelley McNamara and Grafton Architect’s achievements. Put simply, Grafton Architects are superstars in the world of architecture, therefore having Shelley as keynote speaker at  Ennis Chamber President’s Lunch is a real coup.”

Shelley and her business partner Yvonne Farrell jointly curated the Venice Biennale 2018 and more recently were appointed as Cultural Ambassadors for Ireland by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The Ennis Chamber President’s Lunch on March 26th is made possible by the generous sponsorship and support of MHP Solicitors Ennis.

A limited number of places are available for this lunch, for more information please contact: Margaret O’Brien:




Grafton Architects – Background:

Grafton Architects are winners of many international awards including:
World Building of the Year Award 2008 for the Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Prize 2016 for The Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) in Lima

The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) premier award for architecture – the RIAI Gold – – Medal for Architecture 2007-2009 for Universita Luigi Bocconi,Milan.

Grafton Architects awarded ‘The 2017 Outstanding Contribution to ‘The Property Industry Award’ and the 2017 Overall Winner Award at the 2017 KPMG Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, directors of Grafton Architects, announced as 2017 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medalists in Architecture (University of Virginia)


Grafton Architects-  Current Projects:
The new Marshall Building for London School of Economics
The new School of Economics for University Toulouse
The new Town House Building at Kingston University, London
The Parnell Square Cultural Quarter Project – The New City Library in Dublin

In 2018, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara were invited to jointly curate the Venice Biennale, a milestone in their careers.

In the News:

RTÉ Nationwide broadcast a dedicated programme on Grafton Architects last October, filmed on location in Dublin and Venice.

To view, follow this link:




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