Messages from our supporters
Neven Maguire & Blacklion
Neven Maguire talks about his close links to his own community of Blacklion, and how he thinks ConnectIreland can help create similar employment for other communities in Ireland
Ruby Walsh is supporting ConnectIreland and helping to create jobs in Ireland through the power of our Global Network
Sonia O'Sullivan has become an ambassador for ConnectIreland, and hopes to help attract jobs to Cork
CEO of Ryanair, Michael O'Leary, talks about his airline's support for ConnectIreland and why he believes it's a visionary strategy.
All Ireland winning manager Davy Fitzgerald talks about why he believes ConnectIreland can make a real difference.
Saoirse talks about the great benefits that Ireland has to offer, and why she thinks ConnectIreland can help create more jobs.
The voice of Ireland has lent his support to ConnectIreland, and this is a call to action delivered as only Micheal can.
Michael Flatley, one of our earliest supporters
Michael talks about the reasons why Ireland is such a great place to do business. He also discusses his own experiences as a leading businessman and employer of many Irish people.
The Rose of Tralee is supporting Connect Ireland
Haley O'Sullivan has pledged her support for ConnectIreland and the good work it is doing to make the most of Ireland's worldwide connections.
Irish rugby international Keith Wood talks about why he is supporting ConnectIreland
Martin Sheen, Michael Flatley and Saoirse Ronan
Martin, Michael and Saoirse show their support and explain how the ConnectIreland programme works
Brian Cody - ConnectIreland supporter
Brian Cody urges people to "register with ConnectIreland and get working on it straight away"
Ger Loughnane lends his support to ConnectIreland
Ger Loughnane, former Clare hurling Manager speaks about ConnectIreland and how he believes this initiative could dramatically enhance Ireland's economy
Tomás Mulcahy on ConnectIreland
Cork legend Tomás Mulcahy talks about his involvement with ConnectIreland and the drive to create jobs in Cork.
Jim Bolger joins ConnectIreland
Top Irish horse trainer Jim Bolger talks about how he will be putting his international connections to good use to help create jobs in Ireland. He also talks about how Vincent O'Brien might have influenced Pfizer's decision to locate in Cork.
John "Bull" Hayes
John "Bull" Hayes pledges his support for ConnectIreland
The Bull talks about his time as a young farmer in New Zealand and the contacts he made
Mick Galwey calls on all rugby fans to help kick-start Ireland's recovery
Ireland and Munster rugby hero Mick Galwey urges rugby fans travelling to Dublin for the Six Nations game this weekend to use their sporting connections to help kick-start Ireland's recovery.
Our ask is simple -
If you hear of a company that's expanding to Europe, Let Us Know
How it works
So who’s already helping Ireland?
“Everyone is connected somehow to ever increasing circles through their own business and social networks; taking the first step can cause a chain reaction leading to new jobs here in Ireland”
Tremayne has over 15 years marketing communications experience and established Blue Sky Marketing and Evergreen Internships over the past 10 years. She works predominantly with Irish SMEs interested in formalising their marketing communications and t ...See more »
Frances Jones' love for Ireland seeps through everything she does and her drive to help Ireland is also mirrored in her motivation to help people in her line of work.
As owner of a busy image consultancy business in Dublin – Image Matters - Frances deals with clients from all walks of life and helps them to look and feel their professional best. She has clients that include household names and others who are ...See more »
If she is successful in creating jobs through her connections, Connector Andrea will use her reward from ConnectIreland to pay for her mother’s college fees.
She came across ConnectIreland randomly online while doing some research on the Diaspora for her Masters. The reward is not the main driver but it certainly is a factor for Andrea whose family has been directly affected by the downturn in the Irish ...See more »
“I want to see Ireland reaffirm its position in the global economy - ConnectIreland is a proactive venture with great potential.”
Following graduation from Trinity College, Laura left Ireland for work although many of her peers remained. Laura now lives in Hong Kong and maintains her Irish links there as best she can. The heavy burden of the recession on Europe was taking its t ...See more »
Aileen Foley is the Principal and Founder of California Connections - a public and governmental affairs firm in Sacramento, California.
She registered as a connector with Connectireland.com as part of her effort to help improve Ireland’s economy, by referring companies that she knows are considering international expansion to the ConnectIreland Client Services team.See more »
Margaret Molloy is an Irish woman from County Offaly and a graduate of Harvard Business School who is making a huge impact on the marketing world.
Working as the Chief Marketing Officer at Velocidi Marketing , a digital marketing agency in New York City, Margaret is active with both the Irish-American community and the digital marketing community in New York.See more »
Chris is a very proud Irish American who is already doing his bit for the Irish abroad. He is passionate about his Irish roots and imports Irish Ringboard pub games to do his bit for Ireland abroad
Chris is a medical device consultant and deals with medical personnel on all levels in a bid to bring their products to market. He is intent on helping Ireland as best as he possibly can by spreading the good word of ConnectIreland to the Irish popul ...See more »
Joe Kelly is a great advocate of communities helping themselves and is one of the key people in his local community enterprise project IRD Kiltimagh Ltd.
A businessman in Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, Joe is the CEO of IRD Kiltimagh Ltd - a community owned company established over 20 years ago. IRD Kiltimagh was established to advance the prospects for the future of the town.See more »
“Anything that can convince investors that Ireland is a great place to do business can only be of benefit to Ireland’s recovery”
David is Irish but has worked extensively overseas in Spain, South Korea and Germany. He lives and works in Waterford at present and is currently looking at expanding his medical device company to the US.See more »
“Ultimately we are all working for a better Ireland and personally I believe ConnectIreland is a great way to put my overseas connections to good use to create new jobs”
Brian has over 25 years Sales and Business Development experience and works closely with businesses, particularly early stage technology and high-growth businesses and SMEs, to help them drive and manage sales.See more »
"It was just a simple introduction," says Hugh Morris. "All I did was keep my eyes and ears open for Ireland..."
Hugh Morris, an auctioneer (real estate agent) and father of five from Co Meath, is good at making connections. His intervention as a 'Connector' has resulted in the creation of 70 jobs for Kells, Co. Meath and a six -figure lump sum dividend for hi ...See more »
“ConnectIreland is a brilliant extension of the IDA Ireland’s successful efforts in pharma, IT and other sectors. It motivates average citizens to reach out to businesses around the globe to reap rewards for themselves and Ireland.”
Through my work in healthcare I was contacted by an Irish entrepreneur in 2004 to help transfer best-of-breed healthcare services from the States to Ireland. That effort resulted in the opening of a new medical group which is thriving today in Dubli ...See more »
“I met a member of the ConnectIreland team at an event in Kilkenny Castle and had also heard about the programme in the media. Connect Ireland is an exciting idea with a lot of potential to help Ireland create much needed jobs, and for that reason, is deserving of all our support and effort.”
Stephen has been involved in farming all his life and about 15 years ago diversified into IT. From Kilkenny originally, Stephen likes sport, and particularly GAA and hurling.See more »
Francis J. "Frank" O'Rourke
“I first heard about the ConnectIreland programme at the Ireland Gateway to Europe Expo held in Boston in March 2012 and was immediately seized by the idea”
Francis is a native born American with dual citizenship in Ireland/EU. He has practiced law in the Northeast Corridor of the US, Boston through New York City to Washington, DC, for many years. He began his career as a Law Clerk to a United States ...See more »
“I first heard about ConnectIreland when local businessman Eddie Horkan was credited as being the first person under the programme to help bring new jobs to Ireland.”
Eoin is Director of Kehoe Auctioneers, a business his father, Tom, originally established in Carlow in 1964. In 2006 Eoin took over the running of the company which provides a comprehensive sales and lettings service across residential, commercial an ...See more »
“I first became aware of ConnectIreland at an event hosted by the Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa. I immediately saw the potential linkages between ConnectIreland and the Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce.”
Laura is a Policy Analyst working for Health Canada. As a volunteer, she is involved in the Ottawa Irish community through its numerous cultural organizations, and was the 2010 Ottawa Rose in the Rose of Tralee International Festival.See more »
“I have been working in the States for over 15 years and heard about ConnectIreland through Irish Network USA (IN-USA).”
Craig is co-owner at Avery Island Technologies, an IT company that provides IT Service Management (ITSM) consulting and implementation services. Craig is one of the founding members of the Irish Network New Orleans and is also a board member of Irish ...See more »
“I read The Irish Times everyday to keep up with news from Ireland and overseas. When I read about ConnectIreland I thought it was a tremendously smart approach to the current economic situation facing Ireland.”
Kevin is a retired Commercial Diver who has worked on dive projects all over the world including the Pacific Northwest, the Caribbean, and Hawaii. Ireland has been home on a number of occasions and Kevin has enjoyed living in Schull, West Cork.See more »
“I had the opportunity to hear about ConnectIreland at an event hosted by the Embassy of Ireland in Washington DC. I am very impressed with this initiative, it was clear all in attendance were positive and receptive to the idea.”
Michael is third generation Irish-American whose great grandparents originally hailed from the west of Ireland and met in the 1870s in Leadville, Colorado. In addition to working as a CPA, Michael is also Director of Research for the Center for Econo ...See more »
“I heard about ConnectIreland on the news when An Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcement about this new way to attract business to Ireland and help create new jobs.”
Jason is an avid Gaelic Games supporter and plays with the local club team and in his spare time likes to try surfing the big waves that the West Coast of Ireland is so famed for. Having studied at University in the United Kingdom, Jason returned hom ...See more »
A Government initiative
Implementing a unique referral model ConnectIreland is asking individuals to use their contacts, family, friends and business connections, to identify and make introductions between ConnectIreland and overseas companies that are considering international expansion. Any Individual who introduces a company that subsequently invests and creates jobs in Ireland will receive a minimum reward of €1,500 per job up to a maximum of 100 jobs.