Irish Hospitality Global has confirmed the appointment of Sarah Murphy as its new Chief Executive Officer. Sarah joins the company after eight years with The Irish Post in London, where she was Director of Commercial Operations.
In her new role, Sarah will be responsible for the continued development of Irish Hospitality Global, both domestically in Ireland and internationally. Sarah takes over the role from outgoing CEO Colm O'Reilly.
Dublin native Sarah has now relocated back to Ireland from London. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Business Studies and French and an MA in Events, Marketing & Management from London Metropolitan University, Sarah has spent most of her working career in Britain. As Director of Commercial Operations for The Irish Post, she played the leading role in the re-establishment of the highly acclaimed and televised Irish Post Awards. She played a pivotal part in the establishment of the media organisation’s corporate network, business magazine series, events portfolio and lead the upward digital growth trajectory of the group. As of January 2019, Sarah has also taken over as the Chair of the Dublin Board of the British & Irish Trading Alliance.
"I'm excited to take on this new challenge at the helm of Irish Hospitality Global," said Sarah Murphy. "This is a unique organisation with a targeted global reach, and huge potential for growth."
2019 has proved to be a busy year so far for Irish Hospitality Global. In January, it was announced that Food for Thought - FFT.ie was to become its official trade media partner, giving Irish hospitality operators across the world access to the most relevant and up to date news and views from all sectors.
As part of the agreement, Irish Hospitality Global is distributing the Food for Thought e-zine to its member database on a weekly basis. Irish Hospitality Global will also be working closely with Food for Thought to create original, relevant content on a regular basis.
2018 was the most successful year yet for Irish Hospitality Global (formerly Irish Pubs Global), with a marked increase in membership and engagement with Irish pubs and hospitality outlets around the world, as well as their recent rebrand and four successful events held in Auckland, London, Galway and Virginia.
Irish pub operators from all over the world attended the 8th annual Irish Pubs Global Gathering, held in Galway on October 7th - 9th. The theme was “Famous for Food” and the awards held on October 9th were attended by over 400 international and domestic pub owners and staff. 50 awards were presented, and the Global Irish Pub of the Year award was given to Tír na nóg, Madison Square Garden. Closer to home, pubs in Dublin, Galway, Meath, and Limerick picked up gongs for being top of their game, with Toners Pub on Baggot Street in Dublin being crowned the Irish Pub of the Year.
Irish Hospitality Global is looking into 2019 with a strong focus on its members. Plans are underway for more regional events and a new programme for the Global Gathering in Ireland, which is set to take place this October 8th in Dublin.