Limerick, Ireland | Oct 5 - 15

The Board

Eve-Anne Cullinan

Board member

Educated in arts, humanities and business management. Eve-Anne’s broad experience began in the arts sector with Opera Theatre Company, FMR visual arts publishing London, and the Arts Council; followed by an Executive Director role on the Temple Bar cultural regeneration throughout the 1990s. In 2000 Eve-Anne co-founded MCO; a strategic design company. She has led MCO’s multidisciplinary teams in innovative environments, sustainable communities, arts, culture and creative industries projects – many of which are award-winning. Also co-founded Arran Street East, a design and pottery studio in the markets area of Dublin. She has served as a Director on numerous Boards, most recently as former Chairman of IFI Irish Film Institute, Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. Eve-Anne holds a BA(Hons) Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture from UCD and MSc Management (Business Administration) from Trinity.

Philip Flynn

Board member

Following an extensive international executive career in the technology sector as Director with Digital Equipment Corporation (now HP), VP with Visio Corporation (now Microsoft), COO with Orbiscom (now MasterCard) and subsequently as the inaugural CEO & Board member of the Digital Hub Development Agency (2002-2013), Philip now works independently and holds a number of non-executive directorships.

 More recently, 2013-2016, he served as Chairman of Ilex URC Ltd., which was established by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of N.I, to promote the physical, economic and social regeneration of Derry-Londonderry. 

Philip is also a board member of The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), Dublin Simon Community (Chair from 2004 – 2008), LERO the Irish Software Research Centre at University of Limerick.
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).

Ronan Healy

Board member

Ronan founded Catapult, Ireland’s first creative events agency back in 1999, and has been responsible for the vision, strategy and growth of the company ever since. Ronan specialises in strategic communication and live event production.

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.

Helen O’Donnell

Board member

Helen O’Donnell is the owner of Limerick-based bespoke catering business Dolmen Catering, serving corporate and private clients. A graduate of the Hotel and Catering Department at Galway Technical College, Ms O’Donnell opened her first restaurant Craft and Art Gallery in 1993 and went on to open the café at the Hunt Museum Limerick in 1997.

She is a Board Member and past Chair of Adapt Women’s Refuge Limerick and was nominated to the Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in 1994. Helen is Chairman of the Crescent College Comprehensive Board of Management, a board member of Dance Limerick and a member of the Safefood Ireland advisory board. She is a representative on a number of women’s organisations and fundraising committees. Helen is also Chair of the Limerick City Business Association at Limerick Chamber.

She initiated the first Limerick City Tidy Towns organisation in 2012 and was named Limerick Person of the Year in 2013 for her many achievements in Limerick.

Patricia Roberts

Board member

Patricia Roberts is a native of Clarina, Co Limerick and currently resides there with her husband and three little boys. Patricia was the founder of Select Hotels of Ireland, a tourism and marketing company/ brand which she set up in 2001 offering a service to the Irish independently owned hospitality/ tourism business. After owning and operating the brand over a period of 8 years she subsequently sold it to an International Travel company in 2009. The brand continues to soar success today.

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.