Ireland’s Call? Time to move to the Emerald Isle?

25th October 2017 at The Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7DT

According to the Irish Times, figures published by the Central Statistics Office last month show that 30,800 Irish people moved abroad in the year to April 2017, down 17% on the previous year. A total of 27,400 Irish people moved back to live in Ireland, down 1,000 on the same period in 2015/16.

So that poses the question to our LIBS audience, our networks – what is waiting for us in Ireland should we decide to return to the Emerald Isle? Together with Morgan McKinley LIBS is delighted to invite our members to hear from our panel of industry experts on what it means to relocate to Ireland and to discuss what are the real benefits that are waiting for us?

Introducing our Panel

Trayc Keevans: Global Director - Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) | International Recruitment

Trayc Keevans is the Global Director of Inward Investment at Morgan McKinley. She has 12 years’ recruitment experience, specialising in strategically supporting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) start-ups and expansions, building relationships with key clients and developing key strategic recruitment projects across the Group, as well as developing the FDI Strategy for their operations in Ireland, UK and Singapore. She currently oversees the Research Function for the Group.

Trayc has extensive prior experience recruiting senior qualified accountants across industry and financial services sectors before establishing the Group's Client Services Function. Prior to joining Morgan McKinley in 2005, Trayc worked in Financial Services for seven years in Ireland, US and Australia.

David Long: HR Director at Horizon Pharma plc

With over 20 years HR experience working in a variety of industries including pharmaceutical, technology and financial services, David Long is presently the HR Director supporting Horizon Pharma’s operations in Europe.  David is an experienced HR professional with a track record in multinational start- ups. He enjoys building an organisation, leadership development and creating the best environment for colleagues to come to work in.  David has a keen interest in Brexit and its long-term implication for Europe.”

Allison Watson: Head of EMEA Business & Operations staffing at Google

Allison Watson is the Head of Business & Operations Staffing for Google EMEA and is responsible for all EMEA hiring for Google covering over 36 countries and all sales, marketing and general and admin functions. She has worked with Google for over 9 years in Dublin, MountainView and London. She has been working for over thirteen years in recruitment both agency and in-house. She is a Board Member for Working Chance. Allison holds a BA (Hons) degree in History from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, Ireland. 

Marina Donohue: Director - UK & Northern Europe at Enterprise Ireland

Marina Donohoe is Director for UK and Northern Europe at Enterprise Ireland. Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. Enterprise Ireland works in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales; focusing on sustainable economic growth, regional development and secure employment. Their €500,000 “Competitive Start Fund”  targeted at experienced professionals is now open, with applications from international start-ups looking to relocate to Ireland welcome.

Moderated by

Ciara Kenny: Journalist with The Irish Times | Curator of Generation Emigration

Ciara Kenny runs Irish Times Abroad, the online section for and by Irish-connected people living around the world. She has been writing about Irish emigration and diaspora issues online and in print since developing the Generation Emigration blog on in 2011. The section grew into Irish Times Abroad in November 2016, to reflect the changing needs and interests of the Irish overseas as the Irish economy recovers. It still features first-person stories written by emigrants, as well as news, business, sports, opinion, culture and lifestyle content of special interest to the Irish diaspora, information on working abroad opportunities, and advice about moving back home to Ireland. Ciara has an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University, and a BA in English and History from Trinity College Dublin.

Event details

This event is taking place in the glamorous surrounds of The Ham Yard Hotel in Soho and is a full house.

Full event details and a registration link were issued to members by email on October 12th and, as always, tickets sold out very quickly.


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