The Society’s Annual Dinner 2017 took place last Thursday at the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road with 1,300 guests in attendance at the sold out event. The largest event of the year for professionals in the industry, the black tie evening offers members an excellent opportunity to network and meet colleagues working in their sector.
SCSI President Claire Solon made her address to guests before dinner. She called on members to attract the next generation into the profession and support them in their professional journey, to diversify their teams to harness the innovation that
those with different backgrounds, values and contributions have to
offer and she asked the profession to work together to address the challenges facing Ireland so together we can develop solutions that will contribute to our economic recovery.
Claire also spoke of the Society’s recently launched Mentoring Programme which will offer members a peer-to-peer support structure throughout their career.
Entertainment on the evening was provided by this years special guest, much loved Irish actor and comedian Ardal O’Hanlon, who is most well-known for his role as Dougal in the cult Irish classic TV series, Father Ted. Ardal prompted much laughter with stories and tales of his life, with humorous anecdotes of what it means to be Irish and specifically how we as a people have an overly apologetic nature, giving example of this with an amusing tale of getting mugged on a bus and apologising profusely to his mugger for only having a fiver, while the person stealing from him also apologised for being in the situation that he needed to do that.
We would like to extend our warmest thanks to all guests who attended our Annual Dinner this year, and look forward to seeing you again next year.
Our thanks to our main sponsor, Bank of Ireland and supporting sponsors Irish Independent Newspapers and Eugene F Collins Solicitors.