Connecting Business – Growing Opportunities

The Impact of Lockdown on Sport and its Future Outlook for Ireland and Scotland



Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange and Donegal Diaspora are delighted to be partnering to host a networking event focused on business and sport, and how the sector is planning to spring back and bounce forward as we emerge from lockdown to a ‘new normal’.

This online event is being run in partnership with Donegal Diaspora and will have spotlight talks highlighting the Donegal links with Scotland and around the globe, and the growth ambitions of the network in promoting business and trade opportunities in Donegal.

This interactive networking session will be hosted by Causeway Ambassador John McClarey of Business Fives, and will welcome keynote guest speaker, Packie Bonner, former goalkeeper for the Republic of Ireland and Celtic FC, as well as Peter Mossey and Jenn Treacy of Scotland GAA, who will share their experiences of the impact of Covid pandemic on sport, their views and insights on the transferable skills that have been learnt in the last year, and plans looking forward as the sector emerges and recovers.

This event will be interactive, with guests having the opportunity to ask questions to our guest speakers, in addition to two breakout networking discussion sessions, to allow attendees the opportunity to network, connect and chat with professionals from both sides of the Irish Sea.

Guest speakers:

  • Packie Bonner, Former Goalkeeper of the Republic of Ireland and Celtic FC
  • Peter Mossey & Jennifer Treacy of Scotland GAA
  • John McClarey, Causeway Ambassador, Founder and MD of Business Fives
  • Joanne Kilmartin & Michael Tunney, Donegal Diaspora and Donegal Local Enterprise Office
  • Eileen Kelly, Enterprise Europe Network, based at Donegal Local Enterprise Office

Please register for this event and we will send you Zoom access details nearer the time. 

Please note this online event (omitting the breakout networking) will be recorded and shared at a later date. By joining the call, you consent to the recording and sharing of this online event. 

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Packie Bonner, Keynote Guest Speaker


Having gained considerable experience in the sports related industry throughout a long professional football career, Packie has successfully been able to transfer the learning from his journey through sport and personal experiences, into the world of business. He established his first business venture ‘Safehands Ltd’ at an early age. After retiring from playing, he spent a period coaching and managing teams, before taking up a key role in the Football Association of Ireland as their Technical Director. His work with the FAI was recognised by UEFA in 2005 when he became a member of UEFA’s education ‘Jira Panel’, which he is still actively involved in today. He continues to play an important role for UEFA as a technical advisor/observer at key club and international competitions. He is currently leading UEFA’s goalkeeper coach education programme and actively supporting and engaged in UEFA’s generic coach educator’s development programme throughout Europe, while assisting UEFA working groups relating to future rules and strategy. Over the last ten years Packie has developed his own personal consultancy business and is continuously sought after to share his considerable expertise and experience for numerous companies and organisations. He has taken up ambassadorial roles for a number of companies, organisations and government initiatives. Over the last number of years, he has had the privilege of being a member of Donegal County Council’s International Diaspora Committee, reaching out and supporting Donegal’s diverse diaspora worldwide and retains strong links with his beloved Donegal.

Peter Mossey, Scotland GAA


Peter Mossey is currently Chair of the GAA Scotland County Board and has also chaired Britain’s Universities Gaelic Games Championships for over 20 years. He is also Head of Orthodontics at the University of Dundee. Originally from the village of Gortin, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Peter first came to Scotland in 1978 as an undergraduate to study dentistry at the University of Dundee. After graduation, he returned to Northern Ireland for a year, before coming back to Scotland and in 1989 - 1994 studied a PhD in Orthodontics at the University of Glasgow while in a Lectureship post. Although the GAA had been established in Scotland since 1897, it had somewhat started to decline in Scotland during the 1970s, and when he arrived in Scotland in 1978 to study dentistry, there were no active GAA clubs, at any level in Scotland. In 1990 Peter chaired a meeting to set up a new club team on the east coast of Scotland, Dundee Dalriada, just six years after a GAA revival in Scotland in 1984. Simultaneously, a British University league was starting up and Dundee University established and entered a team. Over the last few decades, the GAA in Scotland has steadily grown. Today, there are currently six active adult clubs within Scotland – four in Glasgow, one in Edinburgh and one that represents Dundee and Aberdeen combined (Dálriada). All of them have developed opportunities for Ladies GAA and are at varying levels of development of youth GAA and there is also a thriving and active GAA scene throughout the leading universities in Scotland. Scotland GAA have an active and current interest in developing enhanced facilities to keep pace with the expanding interest and level of activity in Gaelic Sports and are partnering with other sports such as shinty to achieve this.

Jenn Treacy, Scotland GAA


Dr Jennifer Treacy is currently Secretary of Scotland GAA and plays for the Glasgow Gaels Gaelic Football Club. She is also on the Executive Board of Clydebank Community Sport Hub. She has a key role on the Redevelopment Committee for Pearse Park Centre for Culture and Sport, an ambitious project to redevelop Pearse Park in Glasgow as the home of the GAA in Scotland around the 125th anniversary of Scotland GAA and to incorporate an Irish cultural centre into the redevelopment. As part of the wider GAA in Britain, she is on the Provincial Council of Britain Management Committee and is Provincial Council of Britain COVID Officer. She holds a PhD University of Edinburgh (2017) Moray House School of Education.

John McClarey, Causeway & Business Fives


John McClarey is a Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange Ambassador and the founder of Business Fives, a corporate charity events management company. An experienced professional originally from Limavady, Co Derry, John moved to Edinburgh to study, achieving a Master in Economics before forging a successful career in business development covering various industry sectors. Setting up his own company in 2016 Business Fives, who specialise in the management of corporate charity golf, football and esports events. John has worked with over 1,000 companies throughout the country raising over £175,000 for charities in the process.

JoAnne Kilmartin, Donegal Diaspora


JoAnne Kilmartin has over 25 years experience in both the public and private sector. She is currently employed as the Donegal Diaspora Executive in Donegal County Council having responsibility for connecting with the global Diaspora. The objective of the project is to connect and engage with the Donegal diaspora to nurture and develop relationships, create links and networks that will create opportunities for social, cultural or economic activities for our diaspora and our county. Through her work with the Donegal diaspora relationships are being developed, deepened and enhanced resulting in tremendous benefits to the local community, economically, educationally and culturally. Prior to this appointment, JoAnne was the Programme Development Officer on a number of European projects delivering in excess of €20M of funding to a range of community projects in County Donegal.

Eileen Kelly, Enterprise Europe Network


Eileen Kelly, a Termon native has over 20 years' experience in Donegal County Council in various departments. This is Eileen’s 7th year as Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Coordinator within the Local Enterprise Office which sees her connecting on a daily basis, both nationally and internationally with colleagues and companies as she works on building connections to support Irish companies grow their business internationally. EEN provides access to a network of over 600 offices in almost 70 countries around the world while giving access to a database of over 5,500 opportunities for business, technology and research and development partnerships along with a variety of international brokerage events and company missions.

Michael Tunney, Donegal County Council


Michael is currently Head of Enterprise in the Local Enterprise Office, Donegal County Council – the first point of contact for all business start-ups and expansions in Donegal. He is also executive Secretary of Donegal County Enterprise Fund - a not-for-profit micro credit organisation for Donegal which owns and operates two enterprise centres in Donegal. As well having over 30 years of experience in working with and supporting small and micro businesses and in regional and local development, he has significant experience in cross-border and European projects and is currently on the Management Team for the €16.5M INTERREG Co-Innovate programme for the 12 Border counties and Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisers.

Date & Time

Thu, 01 July 2021

16:00 - 17:30

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