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Tails wagging at Network Ireland

Thursday, 12th September, 2019 8:43am

Network Ireland is getting into paw-litics!

Cork’s four legged friends at the Irish Guide Dogs have been chosen as its charity partner for its 2019 conference and annual awards. The organisation is aiming to raise €5,000 to help the charity.

Tim O’Mahony, General Manager, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind said: “Many thanks to Network Ireland for sponsoring a year’s training for one of our pups who hopefully will go on to become a guide or assistance dog. It costs over €5 million annually to run our organisation and we rely on 85 per cent of our funding through sponsorship and fundraising to continue to deliver vital services throughout Ireland. Support like this enables us to change the lives of those who are vision impaired and families of children with autism.”

The theme of this year’s annual conference is Step Up and will feature a range of national and international business people, motivational speakers and influencers. It will be designed to ensure women in business have the resilience, motivation, insights and know-how to fulfil their potential and lead and inspire others.

More than 250 delegates will be attending the Network Ireland National Conference and Awards Ceremony on 27 September in at the Celtic Ross Hotel. The conference, which will be hosted by Sonya Lennon is one of the biggest of its kind in Ireland for professional women.

Network Ireland President, Helen Wycherley has decided to partner with the Irish Guide Dogs as she has a long association with the charity.

She said: “A partnership with Irish Guide Dogs is a commitment by us to make a tangible difference. We will aim to raise €5,000 which will allow us to sponsor a puppy on the start of their training journey and we will have the opportunity to name our puppy too!

“When I was 18 I was a puppy walker for the Irish Guide Dogs. Which meant my family and I undertook to raise Ellie, from when she was seven weeks old until she was nearly 15 months. She had an amazing impact on our family and I remember her fondly always. She successfully graduated from training and went on to become an assistance dog for a vision impaired woman. I have been a supporter of the charity since.”

Tickets for the conference can be purchased at

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