‘Very challenging year for business’ – Chamber CEO
THE South Dublin Chamber annual Christmas lunch was held in the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley last week with over 150 guests attending.
Special guests on the day were Shamrock Rovers players Aine O’Gorman and Roberto Lopes who spoke about their careers on the international stage with RTE’s Marty Whelan.
Aine, who recently joined Shamrock Rovers will be heading to the World Cup next summer with her fellow Republic of Ireland teammates while defender Roberto Lopes represented Cape Verde national football team and played for them at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
Terence MacGoff, from Google Ireland addressed the guests while Chief of Air Staff Support, Mick Moran and Brigadier General Rory O’Connor from the Irish Air Corps received a presentation from Mairead Fleming, deputising for the Chamber President on celebrating their 100th year anniversary.
Brian Ó Gáibhín also received an award to celebrate Áras Chrónáin’s 50-year anniversary.
South Dublin Chamber Peter Byrne CEO said: “Our Christmas lunch comes at the end of a very challenging year for business, one that saw energy costs and inflation add pressure to business recovering from Covid lockdowns and Brexit.
“We put all that behind us and enjoyed a great lunch hearing from local football heroes who play on the international stage.
“A good time was had by all, as many people got to meet for the first time in a long time, friendships re-kindled and new ones made.
“South Dublin County’s Business Community can look to 2023 with confidence that we are located in the best part of Ireland to be successful.”