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Network Ireland Kerry spotlight series of events launches with Scaling your business from the Kingdom.

Network Ireland Kerry spotlight series of events launches with Scaling your business from the Kingdom.

Network Ireland Kerry’s September spotlight is being held on Wednesday the 13th of September in the Rose Hotel, Tralee from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and promises to be a fantastic evening, with an engaging line up of Kerry business leaders sharing their insights of scaling businesses from the Kingdom. The event will open from 6pm for pre-registration and networking opportunities.


The panellists include Emily Brick, Founder & Director of Athena Analytics. Emily founded Athena Analytics in 2017 after returning to Ireland from Victoria, Australia where she worked as a Senior Data Scientist for the Department of Education. The “Athena Tracker” software uses machine learning to identify a student’s potential. The student’s performance throughout school is then tracked against this for the purpose of highlighting when they dip below their own unique potential and may require some additional support. The software aims to ensure that every student gets bespoke attention based on their needs and no student gets missed in a busy school system. The Athena Tracker is currently used in over half of Ireland’s secondary schools and in a growing number of schools in both the UK and South Africa. Athena Analytics has also recently launched the Athena FitnessMark – a tool for PE teachers.


Kathleen Wall-Sheehy, Director of HR & Operations, ViClarity. Anchored in Tralee and with a base in Des Moines, Iowa, ViClarity is a global technology company who have been delivering GRC (governance, risk, and compliance) automation solution for fifteen years. A recent accolade is being listed in the Reg Tech Top 100 for 2023 and being shortlisted for the “Regtech Solution of The Year” at the National Fintech Awards coming up in September.


Ruth Mc Carthy, Head of Compliance & Risk, Fexco. Founded in 1981 Fexco provides world-class payments technology by powering global payables and receivables transactions for leading corporate clients in Ireland and the UK. In her role as a leader Ruth is active in the Irish fintech industry supporting innovative financial services start-ups. She is a council member of the Fintech and Payments Association and a member of the Industry Advisory Group advising the Department of Finance on the ‘Ireland for Finance’ jobs strategy.


Helen O Sullivan, Owner Manager, O Sullivans Bakery. Founded in 1952, O Sullivans Bakery, Killorglin, is now proudly led by third generation family member Helen O Sullivan.

With a strong brand identity, the business has now grown and expanded delivering fresh breads daily throughout the Kingdom. A team of 23 employees serve Kerry through a fleet of five vans and three distributors. With their attention to excellence in taste and quality O Sullivans have received many awards including Great Taste, Blas na hEireann awards and business awards like Best Family Business in Kerry in the Kerryman awards and Radio Kerry Business award also. Helen is a committee member of Network Ireland Kerry in her role as membership officer.


Justin Mc Carthy, Former CEO/Editor of the Irish Farmers Journal will be the event MC on the evening. This event is open to both members and non-members (members are free, fee for non-members is €25). You must pre-register to attend this event at and all are welcome.

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Our events are not just about networking; they’re about building meaningful connections and sharing valuable experiences. This time around, we have created a captivating lineup of speakers who will delve into their unique insights and experiences in scaling their businesses from Kerry. Their expertise promises to ignite fresh ideas and perspectives that could greatly benefit your professional journey.


Besides the enriching discussions, our events are also known for their warm atmosphere and friendly faces. It’s an excellent opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces and forge new connections within our vibrant community. The event is in partnership with AIB and the Kerry Local Enterprise Office.



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