Irish rugby played its part on Ireland Day 2014 as leaders from the Irish and UK business communities opened trading at the London Stock Exchange (LSE) this morning, coinciding with the historic visit to the UK of President Michael D Higgins.
IRFU President Pat Fitzgerald and Ireland team manager Michael Kearney brought the RBS 6 Nations trophy to the London Stock Exchange as part of the celebrations.
The ceremony kicked off Ireland Day 2014, a programme run by Ireland INC to further business relations between Ireland and its trading partners in the rest of the world.
Global business leaders, tech innovators, financial thought-leaders, media notables, government officials and more gathered today for the one-day international business summit to engage on vital topics and to participate in a leading networking platform for business interests worldwide, discussing and debating business issues under the ‘Ireland INC’ brand.
The summit hosted more than 300 executives from leading international firms, including Fortune 500 companies, venture capital firms, entrepreneurial start-ups, market makers, policy makers and financial organisations from the UK, Ireland and around the world.
There was also a special presentation made to Pat Fitzgerald to honour the contribution of Irish Rugby to Irish society and the economy.
Commenting on the day, President and Founder Ireland INC, Ian Hyland, said: “In discussing the theme of Ireland Day 2014, we have brought together an influential group of business, political and cultural leaders to discuss and debate key global business issues and in their presence communicate the strongest possible message for Ireland to the international market.”