2018 – Networking


ExpoBrewThe National Life Sciences and Engineering Expo offers unbeatable networking opportunities throughout the two-day event. Along with informal networking opportunities available throughout the day, the year’s event will feature an informal networking BBQ after the exhibition closes on Day 1 of the event.

Be sure to stop by the Courtyard Bar at 5pm in the Mullingar Park Hotel.

Following the BBQ, don’t miss the ExpoBrew in Mullingar Town Centre on Thursday 28th June at 7 pm.

This networking event will be run in conjunction with Irish Manufacturing Research. The theme of the event will be exploring practical steps that companies can take to prepare for Brexit.

ExpoBrew offers attendees unbeatable opportunities to network with potential customers, suppliers, and industry colleagues in an informal setting.

NB – There will be a minibus making several journeys from the Mullingar Park Hotel to The Fence between 6.00pm – 7.30pm. However if you are planning to make your own way there the address is The Fence, 51 Oliver Plunkett Street, Mullingar & their telephone number is (044) 9348 688.





Guest Speakers


Ciaran Murtagh

Ciaran Murtagh is Managing Director of Shay Murtagh Group, specialists in the design manufacture and installation of precast concrete products.

With over 20 years’ experience in the Civil Engineering industry he has been involved in the research and innovation of new products and technology within the company. In 2007 Ciaran opened the Company to the UK market and projects completed include Crossrail C310 Thames Tunnel, Mersey Gateway, Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and Deephams WWTW. Shay Murtagh Group is now seen as the leading provider of off-site value engineering solutions to the UK and Irish construction sector.

In May 2017 Ciaran became Chairman of ISME, an independent business representative body for SMEs in Ireland. He is Minis Co-Ordinator for Mullingar Rugby Club and coaches U’12s.

He is a graduate of Civil Engineering of Dublin Institute of Technology Bolton St. and Sligo Institute of Technology. He also completed a Post Grad Degree in International Selling in Dublin Institute of technology in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland.


Fergal O'Brien

Fergal O’Brien is Ibec’s Director of Policy and Public Affairs.

He leads and coordinates the organisation’s activity across a range of business policy issues and public affairs activity. He represents Irish business on a number of fora at both national and EU level and is currently the Chair of BusinessEurope’s Economic Policy Committee and a council member of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies. Fergal is a regular commentator on the economy and domestic and international policy issues.

Prior to joining Ibec in 2005, Fergal worked for 5 years as an Economic Consultant with Fitzpatrick Associates, where he delivered a large number of consultancy assignments for a range of public and private sector clients. He also worked as an economist with the Irish Dairy Board. Fergal holds his primary and masters degrees from the University of Limerick.


Stephen Malone


Stephen Malone is the chief executive officer of Malone Group.

Malone Group is a project delivery firm specialising in projects in the built environment with customers in the food, drink, pharma and commercial sectors among others.  A Chartered Engineer, Stephen held various positions in pharma, beverage and technology multi-nationals gaining extensive experience on customer side operations before setting up the business in 1999.  Since then he has led the growth of the company in Ireland, the UK and beyond, and in his current role is responsible for strategic direction.  He is a committee member of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce and a business mentor to early stage firms.



Julie Byrne

MC for the evening : Julie Byrne is the head of Nokia Bell Labs global programs with academic partners.

Julie graduated in 1995 from Trinity College Dublin with a Master in Science (Physics) degree and began a 20+ year career in the high-tech ICT industry. From her first engineering role at Intel Ireland Ltd., Julie joined Alcatel-Lucent in 1999. Julie’s senior management roles at Alcatel-Lucent included leadership of corporate quality program initiatives, as well as an assignment to Antwerp, Belgium in 2006 to program manage Alcatel-Lucent post-merger integration projects.  She returned to Dublin in 2008 to lead the Industrial Mathematics and Computer Science research department at Bell Labs Ireland. She was Location Leader of Nokia Bell Labs in Ireland (formerly Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent Ireland) from November 2011 until January 2018, and had responsibility for all aspects of Nokia Bell Labs operations in Ireland. In her current role, Julie is responsible for strategic collaboration programs with Bell Labs academic partners across the globe.