Networking, Network Ireland, Network Ireland West Cork

Network Ireland West Cork, the fifteenth branch of Network Ireland, was launched yesterday evening, March 5th. The event was sponsored by Spearline and attended by a 110-strong audience of businesswomen at The Ludgate Hub in Skibbereen.

MC on the night was Adrienne Harrington, President of Network Ireland West Cork and CEO of The Ludgate Hub, who had three asks of the audience:

  1. To join Network Ireland West Cork.
  2. To spread the word amongst their own networks.
  3. For members to join the committee.

She also advised that a discount applies on membership of the West Cork branch for the next two weeks.

The first speaker on the night was Network Ireland Vice President 2018, Helen Wycherley who has been a member of Network Ireland Cork for almost ten years. She spoke highly of the networking organisation and the support she receives from fellow members. She encouraged the audience to join Network Ireland West Cork advising them that once they were a member of one branch they could also attend other branch events throughout Ireland, allowing them to build a nationwide business network.

Next up was the 2017 Network Ireland Cork President, Ciara Wilson, who spoke about the Network Ireland regional and national awards that take place in May and September respectively. She outlined the award categories, and the PR value associated with entering as well as the opportunity to reflect on your business achievements.

Event sponsors Spearline were represented by Caroline Leonard, Marketing Manager, and Fiona Ryan, Customer Engagement Manager, who spoke about the new division of the business, Spearline Risk & Compliance, and GDPR.  Their management team is female-led and tied in perfectly with the theme of the evening.

The final speaker on the night was West Cork-native Dee Forbes, Director General at RTÉ.  As well as her love of West Cork, Dee shared her own networking story saying, “Life is one big network”.  She pointed out that networking is an ongoing part of our lives and without it people are not going to succeed. Speaking about the benefits of mentoring, Dee credits her mother as her first mentor from whom she learnt invaluable skills through the family business.

Network Ireland was established in 1983 and has 1,000 members with 15 branches across Ireland. It is a progressive, dynamic organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women. For further information about Network Ireland, its branches and becoming a member, visit:

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