Today, the Federation of Irish Sport announced the International night panel members as part of the upcoming Irish Sport Industry Innovation Series. The panel, which will focus on bringing international sporting events to Irish shores, is the latest in the speaker announcements for what is set to be three days of engaging discussion and debate.

The Federation is delighted to present a panel of experts in the arenas of soccer, athletics, and rugby event hosting covering a Women’s World Cup, a mixed European Championship and a major International Men’s tournament. Garrett Tubridy, consultant project manager to the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 and Hamish Adams, CEO of Athletics Ireland will join Declan Conroy, Europa League Final 2011 and EURO2020 project manager, for an evening of discussion on what it takes to bring an international event to Ireland, what the challenges are once awarded and what the return on investment is for all those who support such activities. The panel will also bring a government perspective in the form of Donal Hannigan, Principle Officer at the Dept of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media who is heavily involved in the management of international tournament agenda as outlined in the programme for government.

The collective experience of the panel will bring to life the process of bidding and hosting international events at a range of levels and demonstrate the benefits of a shared knowledge and experience pool on the island. In a year that has seen many major events shaken by COVID-19, the Federation look forward to hearing the perspectives of the panel on what the future of international events will look like and where there may be opportunities for sporting organisations to dive into event hosting post pandemic.

The series takes place from 20th – 22nd April 2021, with the International night set for the 21st, and tickets are available at FIS members can avail of tickets free of charge using code FC934C (one ticket per transaction, unlimited transactions). Be sure to circulate within your organisation.

Two final speaker announcements to come next week! For more about the event visit



Contact: Sinead Conroy