In his younger years, before he caught the technology bug, he co-founded Ireland’s first weekend music festival, modelled on international festivals such as Newport and Cambridge, which successfully introduced the tented village concept to Ireland. A ‘green field’ start-up as he humorously describes it himself – The Boys of Ballisodare ran from 1977 – 1982 and attracted audiences of 20k. Nowadays he retains a connection to his home county as board member of SligoMusicFest CLG (inaugural Chair 2005 – 2009), which produces the critically acclaimed annual Sligo Live Festival.
He holds an MSc. (Mgt.) from Trinity College, Dublin and is a graduate of Stanford University´s advanced management programme. He is a member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland (MMII) and of The Institute of Directors (IoD).
With clients that range from Nasdaq, Hyperloop One, Web Summit and HSBC to Barnardo’s, MOvember, Festival of Curiosity and Lidl, Ronan’s breadth of experience is unparalleled. Over the years he has worked with just about every global brand based in Ireland – including Heineken, Accenture, BMW, Guinness, Budweiser and KPMG.
His key focus now is in the area of international business development for Catapult, while maintaining responsibility for financial, legal and HR duties, coupled with the strategic direction of the company as it continues to evolve.
Now in its 19th year Catapult has recently opened a New York office where Healy is based for part of the year.
Healy holds a BA (Hons) from UCD.
In 2008, Patricia developed and created No 1 Pery Square, a hotel, spa and restaurant business in Georgian quarter of Limerick city. Having studied hospitality and business management combined with a love of period properties, No 1 was born in 2009. The last 8 years have been dedicated to driving this business to profitability and success as a consumer brand. Chairperson of Culture and Chips, Limericks quirky food event, and the Georgian quarter Christmas markets, she has volunteered on many other groupings over the last few years to ultimately assist the growth of Limerick city and build a positive profile as a business and tourism destination.
A member of the RAI national board and member of IHF, Network International and Irish Hospitality Institute and of course the Irish Georgian Society.