Roscommon People – supporting Roscommon GAA and local businesses!
Someone once said that you shouldn’t mix business and pleasure, but Club Rossie – Roscommon GAA’s innovative and hard-working fundraising wing – is making a success of mixing business and that great pleasure provider…sport.
The latest Club Rossie initiative for its business members attracted up to eighty people to the Abbey Hotel last Thursday night.
Stars of ‘The Apprentice’ and ‘Dragons’ Den’ were there to dispense pearls of business wisdom and Roscommon football manager Kevin McStay was there to reveal his team for the Cork match and to add his own positivity to an enjoyable occasion. The speakers were introduced by Master of Ceremonies Philip Martin, who also thanked Club Rossie members for their continued support, while advising that new members are very welcome.
The guest speakers on the business front were PR guru Brian Purcell (who starred alongside Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin in reality tv show ‘The Apprentice’), and the night’s big draw, Sean Gallagher, an entrepreneur and television personality who was arguably on the point of becoming President of Ireland in 2011 when a fake tweet dramatically derailed his campaign.
The event was a networking opportunity for Club Rossie business members with the benefit of expert advice from the night’s special guests.
Mr. Purcell, of Big Picture Communications, delivered an informal, entertaining and insightful overview of how businesses can enhance their media profiles through creative PR measures and indeed by simply being proactive and engaging with journalists and editors.
Sean Gallagher, in an hour-long speech, showed just why he is in such demand as a mentor and motivational speaker. The affable Mr. Gallagher is a successful entrepreneur, was one of the ‘Dragons’ on RTE’s popular Dragons’ Den programme, made an enormous impression when running for the Presidency in 2011, and is now a regular contributor to the Sunday Independent’s business section, where he champions SMEs.
After Sean Gallagher’s impressive speech – delivered off the cuff – the now suitably inspired audience welcomed Roscommon manager Kevin McStay, fresh from having just launched Roscommon Lamb Festival.
With customary and refreshing openness, Mr. McStay reflected on Roscommon’s league campaign to date and their hopes for promotion. He also announced the Roscommon team to play Cork (a match which Roscommon subsequently won, thus confirming promotion) and updated guests on injuries, returning players and the general status of the panel.
Due to a prior arrangement and the ticking clock, we had to leave at just after 10.30 pm – with questions from the floor ongoing and much of the night’s networking still to be done.
Mr. Gallagher had given some great tips on how to grow one’s business and Mr. McStay had spoken of the growth of the Roscommon team and its great potential going forward. We were suitably inspired by all the exciting talk (by both men) of turnovers and achievable goals, our thoughts turning to a future of growing profits and minimal losses on and off the field. It was a very enjoyable night and we look forward to more of the same from Club Rossie!