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Cratloe’s Caragh elected President of Limerick’s Network Ireland branch

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Cratloe’s Caragh O’Shea has been elected President of the Limerick branch of Network Ireland.

An organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women, Network Ireland was established in 1983. It has over 1,200 members nationwide in fifteen different branches. The membership is comprised of professionals including budding entrepreneurs, SME owners, professionals and leaders in indigenous and multinational organisations to non profits, charities, arts and the public sector.

Founder of COSEvents.ie, Caragh was elected as President for the Limerick branch for 2021. She was presented with the chain of office by outgoing President Petrina Hayes.

“It is a great honour for me to have been elected as President. I’m looking forward to continuing our efforts in supporting our members and providing opportunities for everyone to connect, learn and share ideas. After such a challenging year it’s important, now more than ever, to stay connected or to reconnect. During 2020 we brought all our events online and managed to reach a wider audience than we normally would. We still have a journey ahead before things return to the new norm, so we will continue to support our members virtually until such time as we can meet face to face again,” Caragh said.

As President of the Network Ireland Limerick, Caragh will be responsible for fostering the aims and objectives of Network Ireland, representing the Limerick branch at National Executive meetings and overseeing the smooth running of events locally. “For 2021 I’m looking forward to lining up some great speakers and putting extra virtual events in the calendar. I would like to invite new members who have recently moved to the area or returned home to work remotely to connect with us and realise the benefits of extending their network of contacts,” she continued.

Cliona’s Foundation has been chosen by Caragh as the networks charity partner for 2021. Certain events throughout the year will have a fundraising element and all monies raised will be sent directly to the charity.

Currently a project manager with Rugby Travel Ireland, O’Shea is a computer systems graduate from the University of Limerick. After experiencing 5 years in running the Limerick branch with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, she got the bug to run her own company.

Through COS Events, she has organised various events including the Live 95 Helping Limerick Children campaign raising over €95,000 for three charities, Liverpool Legends Family Fun Day with Aisling Annacotty and many more. She joined Network Ireland Limerick as a Committee Member in 2018 to expand her Network and learn from similar women in business while providing her event skills to Network Limerick.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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