23rd October 2018 – The Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny

9.00am to 5.00pm with networking from 8.00am

Unleashing the innovative potential of people, ideas, and organizations to deliver better outcomes.

Our National Innovation Conference is IRDG’s flagship event of the year, and this year’s event is set to be the biggest yet with Leadership, Creativity in Business, and Innovation as core themes.  We will be welcoming over 300 of the country’s top business people to the Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny on 23rd October, for a fantastic opportunity to hear from a unique mix of national and international leaders of distinction whilst enjoying some valuable networking.

To inspire our guests, we are thrilled to welcome the very eminent Professor Gareth Jones, a renowned global thought-leader and business advisor, whose work focuses on organisations where creativity is a source of competitive strength.  His question ‘Why should anyone be led by you?’ will look at themes such as authentic leadership, the tight labour market and the need to build organisations which are beacons for talent, innovation and engagement.

Holly O’Driscoll, Former Global Design Thinking Leader & Innovation Strategist with Procter & Gamble USA, a lady with exceptional credentials, will also share her insights and international experience on the day.  Holly will talk about the importance of being shamelessly human-centred in all that we do, and leveraging a design thinking mindset to create conditions for innovators to thrive.

Case studies, growth stories and innovation experiences will bring innovation to real life, allowing us to learn from the wisdom (and scars!) of exemplary business leaders from a wide variety of organisations.

Finally, delegates are welcome to join us for an IRDG Meetup on the evening before the Conference, and also to consider the exclusive Executive Workshop with Gareth Jones taking place the day after.

Business professionals from all backgrounds are invited to attend this national event which will connect people from diverse industry sectors – all focused on growing their businesses through innovation. It’s a chance to experience great networking, and be inspired and challenged by the very best of expertise from Ireland and beyond.  It will be a great learning and personal development opportunity for leaders of all functions.


These are the people who will inspire & challenge us!

Gareth Jones

Expert in Business Culture & Creativity

Holly O’Driscoll

Former Global Design Thinking Leader & Innovation Strategist

at Procter & Gamble, USA

Paul Young

Co-founder and CEO

at Cartoon Saloon

Julie Sinnamon


at Enterprise Ireland

Brian McCabe

Global Client COO & Head of Innovation EMEA

at State Street

Donal Tierney

Chairperson IRDG & CEO

at Bimeda Holdings

Philip Moynagh


at Electrina Ltd

Margaret Morrissey

Country HR Director

at Abbott Ireland 

Patsy Carney


at EirGen Pharma

Louise Grubb

Founder & Chairman

at Q1 Scientific & TriviumVet

Cillian Leonowicz


at Deloitte’s EMEA Blockchain Lab

Barry Hoyne

Commercial Director

at Merlyn

Denis Hayes

Managing Director

at IRDG 

Exclusive Executive Workshop

Great Leaders Build Great Organisations

24th October, Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny

Highlights from Croke Park, National Innovation Conference 2017