The annual Ireland Active Conference took place on Friday 25th of November at the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co. Cavan. The conference is a focal point for networking, discussion and debate amongst the leisure, healthand fitness community in Ireland. Trade suppliers, expert speakers and guests come together for a spectacular day of events.

Twenty-seven of the leading fitness and leisure industry companies were in attendance, with everything from CRM software to the latest in gym and fitness equipment on exhibit for delegates at the conference.

Speakers included:
Joe Cosgrove, Chairperson of Ireland Active
Karl Dunne, CEO of Ireland Active
John Quinlan, Lawler Consulting
Denis Neary – SEAI / Lorna Brady – SPORTSCO / Tina Dowling – The Watershed / Niall Cull – DLR Leisure
Peter Boland, Insurance Alliance
Ray Goggins, Coreskill Training & Chief Instructor RTÉ’s Ultimate Hell Week
David Nolan, PHD / Lecturing Assistant
Paolo Caserotti, Lead Researcher – University of Denmark
Kate McDaid, NutriKate

Ray Goggins’ keynote presentation was an interesting discussion of team building and leadership, along with how this can be applied to the leisure, health and fitness industry. As a former member of the Irish Special Forces, Ray spoke of his time in conflict areas in East Timor as well as private contracting in Afghanistan and what he had learned from these experiences.

As speeches came to a close,The NQS awards night took centre stage. This was a fantastic celebration of excellence within the leisure, health & fitness industry. A summary of award winners can be found in the link below:

NQS – Conference and Awards – Ireland Active