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Pictured: Kieran O’Connell, RCYC Admiral, CCO Port of Cork, Conor Mowlds, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD, Annamarie Fegan, RCYC Vice Admiral, Tim Burke, CEO Irish Sailing, Gavin Deane, RCYC General Manager. Front – John Twomey, President Irish Sailing

Blue Economy Themed Corporate Lunch at the Royal Cork Yacht Club


The Club hosted its 2023 Corporate Lunch on Friday 12th May. Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD, Conor Mowlds, CCO Port of Cork & Tim Burke, CEO Irish Sailing took part in a post lunch panel discussion on the topic ‘The Future of Leisure and Sailing with the blue economy. Working together to make it sustainable for all’. MC for the afternoon was Cian O’Brien who is Chair of Partnerships at the Club, he was the one asking the difficult questions. Other guests included John Twomey, President of Irish Sailing, Cllr. Audrey Buckley & Cllr. Paul Murtagh.

The sold-out lunch was the first since the inaugural event in 2019 of the oldest yacht club in the world due to the Covid pandemic. Royal Cork Admiral, Kieran O’Connell, said “The lunch was a fantastic opportunity for our corporate partners and members to connect with each other. We are extremely grateful to our speakers, Minister Simon Coveney, Conor Mowlds and Tim Burke, for giving their time and I would like to thank Cian O’Brien, Gavin Deane and Annamarie Fegan who organised the event and last but not least, a big thank you to all who attended.”

There was also a charitable element to the day, with €1,500 raised for Sailing Into Wellness. General Manager Gavin Deane said “The event was a huge success, with the subject of the panel discussion, the Blue Economy being particularly topical at present. We were also delighted to take the opportunity to showcase the fantastic work that James Lyons has been doing with Sailing into Wellness. We now look forward to a busy season with the support of our Club Partners AIB and John Paul Construction and in July we will welcome the Topper World Championships and the Quarter Ton Cup to the Club.”

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