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Limerick Chamber Thomond Park hosts the Journey of an Entrepreneur

Limerick Chamber Thomond Park hosts the Journey of an Entrepreneur in Thomond Park Hospitality Suite. Picture courtesy of Munster Rugby.

Limerick Chamber Thomond Park hosts the Journey of an Entrepreneur

By ilovelimerick correspondent Zoe Conway

Thomond Park has been the home to many great events, from small workshops to large corporate conferences, and their next event is set to be a huge success. Irish entrepreneurs Mark Breen, MD of Cuckoo Events & Safe Events, paired with Valerie Dolan, Dolans Warehouse are setting up to help local entrepreneurs navigate the confusing world of starting up your own business on April 19th, from 9 am to 11.30am in the hospitality suite.

The focus of the event will be on providing the advice, tips, and knowledge required to build a successful organisation. Both speakers will talk about their businesses, the challenges, the opportunities, and lessons learned along the way under the theme of “The Journey of an Entrepreneur”. Both speakers are highly respected in their fields and have become huge successes, making the opportunity to learn from them a not to be missed opportunity.

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Mark Breen MD, Cuckoo Events and Safe Events.

The first speaker, Mark, is Director of Safe Events as well as Cuckoo Events based in Dublin, Ireland. He is an award-winning event Safety Officer and one of the most experienced and qualified events & crowd safety practitioners in Ireland. He works internationally and domestically, with recent projects including a large Arts Festival in Saudi Arabia and works on consultancy projects for a large international airport and a European arena. He is a Specialist Member of IIRSM, as well as being a member of IOSH, EPS, IFEA and ESA.

Mark writes and speaks regularly on all things event-related, particularly event & crowd safety. He is a Graduate Member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in PR & Event Management. He is currently working on his dissertation for the MSc in Crowd Safety & Risk Analysis in Manchester Metropolitan University. With almost 20 years working in security and safety at events large and small, Mark is vastly experienced in the nuances and challenges of keeping people safe at events.

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Valerie Dolan, Dolans Warehouse.

Valerie on the other hand, began her career in December 1994, when she moved into Dolans with her husband Mick and two children Neil and Sarah. They wanted a pub with Traditional Irish Music every night so that anyone who wanted to listen or play in a session could do so any night of the week all year round. The response from local musicians was fantastic and by Paddy’s Day 1995 the place was hopping. The acoustic sessions were (and still are) great and they decided to open a bigger venue to accommodate national and international acts, which led to the creation of Dolans Warehouse in 1998. 

Today Dolans is comprised of three venues, two outdoor areas, a Traditional Irish Pub and a Restaurant.  Dolan’s venues have played host to many National and International acts including Kasabian, Franz Ferdinand, Sharon Shannon, Snow Patrol, Duffy and Imelda May.

To close this fantastic event there will also be an interactive panel discussion with all speakers. Caoimhe Moloney, events manager with Limerick Chamber says, “We are delighted to host an event that equips our members with practical insights and are committed to supporting business in a meaningful way”.


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.