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PHOTOS: Shannon Region Ambassador Awards 2019 celebrate the €12 million brought by ambassadors to the region

Shannon Region Ambassador Awards 2019 in Dromoland Castle on Wednesday, December 4. Picture: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick

PHOTOS: Shannon Region Ambassador Awards 2019 celebrate the €12 million brought by ambassadors to the region

On Wednesday, December, 4 the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau in partnership with Failte Ireland held the 2019 Conference Ambassador Awards at Dromoland Castle. Over 30 Ambassadors from Clare and Limerick were recognised, including representatives from UL, LIT, Mary Immaculate College and corporate companies in the Midwest.  

Over 110 guests attended the prestigious event which has become a bi-annual fixture in the Bureau’s calendar as it continues to recognise the value of local ambassadors in attracting large conferences and events to the region.  





This year’s awardees contributed an economic impact of €12 million.  

Karen Brosnahan, Manager of Shannon Region Conference, and Sports Bureau was the Master of Ceremonies while Tony Brazil, Bureau Chairman and Paul Mockler Head of Commercial Development Failte Ireland bestowed the awards.  

Some notable events recognised on the night include: Tag Rugby World Cup 2021 (x 2000 participants ), IEEE oceans 2023 (x 1000 delegates) and Prader Willi Syndrome Association International Conference 2021 (600 delegates).  Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau work in partnership with the presidents and conference office in UL, MIC, and LIT and with the Meet in Ireland Team in Failte Ireland to support the regions, wonderful ambassadors. 

Six conferences, organised by the staff of Mary Immaculate College and hosted at the College’s Limerick campus, received awards.  


Professor Emer Ring, Dean of Education at MIC, said, “We’re delighted that the Shannon Region has been affirmed nationally and internationally as a beacon for progressing education and contributing to the creation of a world-class education system where all children are included. We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award.” 

The Children’s Grief Center were also award winners on the night. They won it for their Children and Loss conference 2019, which was held in the Limerick Institute of Technology last June.

The conference was held to support children and young people affected by loss, with the keynote speakers on the day being Dr. Elizabeth Nixon, an assistant professor at Trinity College, and Daniel McConnell, a political editor at the Irish Examiner. There was also workshops held throughout the day, along with an open panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Niamh Hourigan.

The Conference & Sports Ambassadors Programme is targeted at increasing the Clare and Limerick region’s share of the lucrative international business and sports tourism market. Hundreds of ambassadors have been actively working with the Bureau in recent years to help attract thousands of people to the region through a range of business and sports events.  

Ciara Gallagher of Failte Ireland said, “I think when most of us think of tourism in Ireland, we think of the 9.6 million tourists here to see our beautiful island but actually 15% of visitors are here for business purposes”. 

Speaking of the success of the event and the Shannon Regions relationship with Failte Ireland, General Manager of Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau, Karen Brosnahan, said, “We are delighted with the growing interest in the Ambassador programme due to its continued success in the region. This event is our way of recognising the extensive efforts of our Ambassadors who bid for and win lucrative business tourism for the region with our supports and that of Failte Ireland,” 

Organisations that may view the Shannon Region as a potential event location can contact Karen Brosnahan [email protected] 

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