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IMAGE networking breakfast: ‘Our lessons learned’


by IMAGE
03rd Oct 2018
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Join us for the next IMAGE Networking Breakfast on Friday, 19th October at the five-star Marker Hotel, where IMAGE contributing editor Melanie Morris will be talking to Executive Director of CBRE Ireland, Marie Hunt; Managing Director of Lolly and Cooks, Lolly Strahan, and Sales and Marketing Manager of the Galway Races, Sinead Cassidy. Our fabulous panel of speakers will reflect on all of the lessons that they have learned throughout their impressive careers, such as decisions made in the past, how they would have done things differently in hindsight and any words of wisdom that they can share with us.

Start off your day in the beautiful surroundings of The Marker Hotel enjoying a delicious breakfast spread of fresh fruit and pastries, and of course, plenty of coffee to fuel the morning. Get the opportunity to network with guests before taking your seats to welcome Melanie Morris on stage, alongside our esteemed panel of businesswomen. As always, there will be the opportunity to ask any of our speakers your questions at the end of the event. Everyone will leave with a fabulous luxury gift bag, as well as the chance to win some amazing prizes throughout the morning.

When: Friday 19th October
Breakfast treats from 7.30am

Where: The Marker Hotel

Tickets: €45*
Including luxury gift bag

Click HERE for tickets

Alternatively, email [email protected]

or phone  (01) 271 9615


About our speakers…

Marie Hunt, Executive Director, CBRE Ireland

Marie Hunt via Twitter

More than 20 years ago, Marie Hunt, who hails from Co. Mayo, established the research department at property consultants CBRE Ireland. The company is now regarded as one of the most authoritative sources of property information in the Irish market.

A well-respected businesswoman and regular commentator in the Irish media on business and property matters, Marie produces a range of property-focused publications. She also carries out specialist consultancy work on behalf of institutional, private and public sector clients. Over the last number of years, Marie has advised many international investors and occupiers who have established operations in Ireland or acquired Irish real estate assets, and she even represented the property industry at the Irish Banking Inquiry.

Marie is an Executive Director of CBRE in Ireland and is actively involved in the firm’s business in EMEA. Marie is a chartered surveyor and a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors, Ireland.  She also has a post-graduate diploma in public relations. Marie is a board member of the Irish charity To Children with Love and was also involved in the WOW (Women Empowering Women) mentoring initiative.

What’s more, she’s on the Brexit Committee of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and is also the current chairperson of the Russian Irish Adoption Group. In 2017, Marie was awarded Management Professional of the Year in the Image Businesswoman of the Year awards.

Lolly Strahan, Managing Director of Lolly and Cooks

Lolly Strahan is the founder and Managing Director of Dublin-based café chain Lolly and Cooks. She has worked in the food and hospitality sector all of her career, which started by working in Cavistons deli in Glasthule on her school holidays.

A two-year stint in London, from 2006 to 2008, prompted her to come home and open Lolly and Cooks. In London, she worked briefly for Irish restauranteur Oliver Peyton and was largely involved in the launch of his bakery chain Peyton & Byrne. She counts herself lucky to have been thrown in the deep end of this project, as it taught her about running a business. She was also inspired by the design elements involved in creating of a brand.

Lolly and Cooks food proved popular and earned itself a good reputation. Strahan created a sausage roll that remains a big hit and was dubbed ‘the savage roll’ by hungry customers. In 2012, her sister Churpy joined her as a business partner, and together they opened their second unit on Merrion Street. Since then, they have opened a further four cafes in Grand Canal Dock, Herbert Park, Holles Street and Windmill Lane. The sisters also operated The Dock Restaurant in the Law Library in Smithfield.

Sinéad Cassidy, Sales and Marketing Manager of Galway Races

A marketing and public relations graduate, Sinéad Cassidy has developed an extremely successful career over the years. Since 2016, Sinéad has been the sales and marketing manager of the Galway Racecourse.

Previously, Sinéad worked as a sales and PR manager at the five-star g Hotel & Spa, and before this, she held a number of high profile positions; including Press Officer for the National Ploughing Championships, as well as being Marketing Manager for Supermacs and Account Director at Spirit Retail Marketing.


Marie Hunt, Laragh Strahan and Sinead Cassidy will be sharing their biggest lessons in business at our IMAGE Networking Breakfast on Friday 19th October. To come along, meet like-minded women, and get a goodie bag, book your ticket here.

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