To celebrate Australia Day, The Irish Australian Chamber IACC will be holding their annual Australia Day Corporate Lunch in Croke Park tomorrow, Friday 26th January. The event is back for its second year after a sold out success at its inaugural lunch in 2017.
Cpl are sponsors of the landmark event which will be addressed by Australia's Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Richard Andrews. The event recognises the contribution of Irish Australian business and how the partnership strengthens our joint success.
Guests will be treated to great insights on the Irish Australia business relationship from H.E Richard Andrews, who recently attended the Irish Australian Business Awards in Sydney.
Attendees will also get a rare insight from Blaine Callard, CEO of Harvey Norman (Ireland), on how the well-known Australian brand grew their Irish business in the teeth of economic turmoil to become Ireland's leading retailer of Technology, Home Appliances, Furniture, Bedding and Homewares.
The Irish Australian Chamber (IACC) established its Dublin chapter with the intention of facilitating similar success stories and shared prosperity. Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating once remarked that 'Australia without the Irish would be unthinkable . . . unimaginable . . . unspeakable.' This has been shown through the Irish diaspora's increasing presence and influence in Australia. At the height of the recession, 18,200 Irish emigrated in search of new opportunities. Since 2008, over 100,000 Irish people were granted visas to work in Australia.
However, we are now seeing a reversal. The movement of talent between these two nations has had an enormously positive impact on both economies. For one, it has strengthened the ties within the Irish-Australian business community. This partnership is an excellent platform for many businesses to thrive.
In the age of innovation, building relationships is still important. The Irish Australian business has made a considerable contribution to the economy of both countries and continues to power innovation and success.