Shannon Region Ambassador Awards 2019 celebrate the €12 million brought by ambassadors to the region

Pictured at the Shannon Region Ambassador Awards are Professor Eugene Wall, Mary Immaculate College and Professor Vincent Cunnane, LIT (back) with Tony Brazil Limerick Travel, Dr. Puneet Saidha, UL, Ciara Gallagher, Failte Ireland, Karen Brosnahan, Shannon Region Conference Sports Bureau, and Tony Brazil, Limerick Travel (front). Picture: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick.

MORE than 30 Ambassadors from Clare and Limerick were recognised at the Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau Conference Ambassador Awards, including representatives from UL, LIT, Mary Immaculate College and corporate companies in the Midwest.

The event, in partnership with Fáilte Ireland, which has become a bi-annual fixture in the Bureau’s calendar as it continues to recognise the value of local ambassadors in attracting large conferences and events to the region and was attended by more than 110 people. This year’s awardees contributed to an economic impact of €12 million.


Karen Brosnahan, Manager of Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau was the MC while Tony Brazil, Bureau Chairman and Paul Mockler Head of Commercial Development Failte Ireland bestowed the awards.

Some notable events recognised on the night include Tag Rugby World Cup 2021 (x 2000 participants ), IEEE oceans 2023 (x 1000 delegates) and Prader Willi Syndrome Association International Conference 2021 (600 delegates).  Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau works in partnership with the presidents and conference office in UL, MIC, and LIT and with the Meet in Ireland Team in Failte Ireland to support the regions, wonderful ambassadors.

Pictured at the Shannon Region Ambassador Awards 2019 in Dromoland Castle are Carol Fitz-Gough, Sister Helen and Katrina Morgan from the Children’s Grief Center. Picture: Kate Devaney/ilovelimerick.

The Children’s Grief Centre was also an award winner on the night. Recognised for the Children and Loss conference 2019, which was held in the Limerick Institute of Technology last June. The conference was held to support children and young people affected by loss, with the keynote speakers on the day being Dr. Elizabeth Nixon, an assistant professor at Trinity College, and Daniel McConnell, a political editor at the Irish Examiner. There were also workshops held throughout the day, along with an open panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Niamh Hourigan.

Speaking of the success of the event and the Shannon Regions relationship with Failte Ireland, General Manager of Shannon Region Conference and Sports Bureau, Karen Brosnahan, said, “We are delighted with the growing interest in the Ambassador programme due to its continued success in the region. This event is our way of recognising the extensive efforts of our Ambassadors who bid for and win lucrative business tourism for the region with our supports and that of Failte Ireland”.

Organisations that may view the Shannon Region as a potential event location can contact Karen Brosnahan [email protected].