Ireland Chapter of PMI

Resounding Success of National Conference

Conference 2019

The Ireland Chapter of PMI 2019 National Conference  hashtag#FromIdeaToReality hashtag#PMI2019IRL was a resounding success.  Over 300 Project Management Professionals descended on Fota Island Resort in Cork which was the venue for this year’s conference.  We had a pre-conference networking dinner the evening before the conference with Barry Murphy as the after-dinner speaker and this set us up very nicely for the following day as apart from the comedy and ‘interactive’ exercises the setting gave us ideal time to network with delegates in advance of the conference.  Barry was also the MC for the day of the conference and his wit, professionalism, attention to the PM audience and interactive exercises keep us all engaged throughout the day – while he might be known as part of the ‘Apres Match’ gang his talents spread much further than this and I couldn’t recommend him enough to front any event.


Anyway, back to the conference – on the day the guest speakers were truly excellent – we even had James R Snyder speaking to us (original co-founder of PMI - Project Management Institute;). An engaging slot was the workshop with Walter Bradley of Dale Carnegie Ireland with tips on how to agreeable disagree incorporating live ‘role plays’ to  ‘test out’ the concepts.  Yvonne O’Byrne of  Irish Hockey brought us through a remarkable journey of the Irish Hockey team going into the world initial ranked 16th and reaching the final to win a silver medal. 


The keynote speaker was Dermot Bannon and his presentation on driving change through creativity and disruptive thinking gave great insight to the use of Agile as part of the creative process in Architecture – not to mention some insights to the projects that Dermot has and is involved with (no trade secrets mind you!).

It would be remiss of me not to mention the other speakers  - the panel discussion led by Eimear Bourke (née Dunne), with our headline sponsor EY. Further speakers included Aoibheann O'Brien of FoodCloud; Daniel Curran of AID:Tech and Christine Barrett of Microsoft .

All in all, it was truly a fabulous conference and I was delighted to be part of it.  For those of you that missed it – here are a few photos – they do say a picture paints a thousand words – but in this case it will only give you a glimpse of what you missed out on.


Finally, a big shout out to all the sponsors EY, Microsoft, University of Limerick, Grant Thornton, Cork Institute of Technology, Alpha Wealth, Auxilion, Cora, Musgrave, Aspira and Progressive you helped make a really great event. 


Congrats to all involved.


Jackie Fagan

Professional Development Director

Ireland Chapter of PMI