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Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral, Pat Farnan, Admiral, An Tainiste Simon Coveney TD, Annamarie Fegan Chair Membership & Events, Patrick Coveney, Greencore CEO & Gavin Deane, General Manager

Hugely Successful Inaugural Sponsors & Members Corporate Lunch at the Royal Cork Yacht Club


The Royal Cork Yacht Club has hosted its inaugural Sponsors & Members Corporate Lunch. An Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD, and Patrick Coveney, CEO Greencore, both Club Members and avid sailors, were the Club’s special guests and they also took part in a post lunch panel discussion with MC Rory Fitzpatrick asking the questions.

An Tainiste Simon Coveney TD, Patrick Coveney, CEO Greencore & Pat Farnan, Admiral. (Photo – Robert Bateman)

The sold-out lunch was the first in the newly refurbished dining room of the oldest yacht club in the world. Chair of Events & Communications, Annamarie Fegan said “The event was a resounding success, with next year’s lunch already filling up fast. We took the opportunity to launch our Corporate Membership which has garnered great interest too.”

Mark Whitaker, CEO Johnson & Perrott, Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral & David Thomas, MD Volvo Car Ireland (Photo – Robert Bateman)

There was a charitable element to the day, with €2,350 raised for Crosshaven RNLI. Royal Cork Admiral, Pat Farnan, said “The lunch was a fantastic opportunity for our sponsors and members to connect with each other and we are also delighted to support the RNLI who do great work to keep us all safe. We are extremely grateful to our speakers, Patrick and Simon, for giving their time and I would like to thank our Committee who organised the event and last but not least, a big thank you to all who attended.”

Rory Fitzpatrick & John O’Donovan (Photo – Robert Bateman)

During the lunch Colin Morehead, Vice Admiral of the Club and Chair of the Cork 300 Committee, gave everyone an insight into the Clubs plans for 2020, when the Royal Cork Yacht Club will celebrate its 300th Anniversary as the oldest yacht club in the world. It will be an event like no other and designed as a celebration not just for the Royal Cork YC but for everyone with a passion for sailing. The website for the Cork300 is now live at:

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