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Frankfurt: Brexit talk with Gabriel Fagan

The Brexit vote presents Ireland with enormous political and economic challenges. A “hard” Brexit could significantly impede trade and have a detrimental effect on the Irish economy. Further issues include the effect Brexit could have on the Northern Ireland Peace Process or the EU.

In light of these issues, the Irish Business Network (IBN) Frankfurt shall be hosting a series of talks on Brexit, inviting various experts to speak on the topic throughout the remainder of this year.

We are happy to welcome Gabriel Fagan, Chief Economist, Central Bank of Ireland to speak on the possible effects of Brexit on the Irish economy for the first talk on the 16th of June.

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Gabriel Fagan is the Chief Economist at the Central bank of Ireland. Prior to this he was a senior advisor/ Head of Division at the ECB. He has a PhD in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin. His research publications cover a range of areas, including macroeconomics, monetary analysis and economic modelling.

If you are interested in joining this IBN talk, we would kindly ask you to register as soon as possible so that we can have an ideas of numbers.

To register: Please email us at frankfurt@irishbusinessnetwork.de .

General Information
Date: Friday June 16th 2017
Time: 6 pm, doors open at 17:30

Location: Adina Hotel Frankfurt (Neue Oper), Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 6, 60329 Frankfurt.

 

Frankfurt – Annual Golf Tournament

The 6th annual IBN golf tournament and beginners’ course will take place Friday, 19th May, 2017.

Lots of wonderful prizes including accommodation and rounds of golf in Ireland and Spain, Irish Whiskey, Le Creuset pots, umbrellas etc.

Date: Friday, 19th May, 2017

Location: Golf Park Winnerod, Parkstrasse 22, 35447 Reiskirchen (near Giessen)

Last Date for registration: Wednesday, 17th May, 18:00

Information for Golfers

*   First t-time: 10:00 / Last t-time will depend on numbers.

*   Try to be early. Then you have time to use the driving range and practice greens

*   If you have a preference for t-times, please let me know and I will try to accommodate you but again this will depend on the numbers.

*   Entry fees cover Green Fees, Water & Snacks, Halfway House, Post Event BBQ and prizes not covered by the sponsors

*   Entry Fee is €65  (if you are a member of Golfpark Winnerod then the fee will be €35).

*   Please book early to avoid disappointment & feel free to encourage your friends or business partners to come along!

Required Information from Golfers

Please send as soon as possible:

*   Mobile Number for each participant -> So the club can text you, your t-time.

*   Email address -> I will have the majority of e-mail addresses already but if you are booking for others please also give me their e-mail address.

*   Handicap

*   Home golf club

Information for Beginners (provided there is enough interest)

Please send as soon as possible:

*   Course will start at 14: 00 for 2 hours.

*   Try to arrive by 13:00 so that you can get a sandwich at the Halfway House.

*   Course will be given by the local professional.

*   Entry fee is €45.

*   Entry fees include Green Fees, Water & Snacks, Halfway House, Post Event BBQ

*   No previous golf experience required. Again encourage your friends to take part!

Required Information from Beginners

*   Mobile number for each participant

*   Email address -> I will have the majority of e-mail addresses already but if you are booking for others please also give me their e-mail address.

A Big Thank You to the Sponsors who make this Day possible

*   Sean Buckley of Marina Travel, specialists in travel to Ireland, Scotland & Wales, including golf trips:

*   Janosch Vena Steinkönig, the German Brand Ambassador for Tullamore Dew, producer of some of Ireland’s most popular whiskeys:

*   Alan Copley of Chase Buchanan Private Wealth Management, for investment, savings and retirement planning:

*   Kevin Keogh & Oliver Gerhardt of Dertour Golfclub e.V

*   Linnea Pettersson & Simon Büttner of Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board:

*   Denise Quinn  of Tourism Ireland

*  Clare O’Sullivan of Dauth Schneider’s in Frankfurt

If anyone would also like to sponsor a prize please feel free to contact me.

Payment

I would prefer if payment was made in advance. Please contact me for payment details at mark.snell@capgemini.com.

However if you cannot pay until the day that is ok but please confirm this in the email you send me with your required information.

Looking forward to meeting you all on the 19th May!

Mark Snell

Irish Business Network, Germany

 

Frankfurt – Fun Pub Quiz

Join us for our annual pub quiz event and another chance to pit your wits against fellow titans of trivia.

Date: Wednesday, 3rd May, 2017

Time: 19:30

Location: Dauth Schneider, Neuer Wall 5-7 / Klappergasse 39, D-60594 Frankfurt am Main (Sachsenhausen)

Contact:  Róisín on 0170 317 2798  (should anyone have difficulty finding the group)

Interested?

Please email us at frankfurt@irishbusinessnetwork.de to register so that we have an idea of numbers.

All are welcome whether you are based in the South West Area of Germany or just in Frankfurt on business. Come along and meet Irish people or people with an Irish connection living and working in the South West Region. Please feel free to pass this around to your own personal network.

Looking forward to seeing you.

IBN South West Region Committee

 

Frankfurt Annual Golf Tournament


Frankfurt 2015 Annual IBN Golf Tournament and Beginners Course

Save the Date: Friday, 29th May 2015
Last day for registration: Wednesday, 20th May, 12:00

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Lots of wonderful prizes, including accommodation & rounds of golf, murder mystery dinners, whiskey etc.

GENERAL INFORMATION

• Date: Friday, 29th May 2015
• Location: Golfpark Winnerod
• Directions: Off the A5 exit Reiskirchen, see http://www.golfpark.de/index.php/gaeste-info

GOLFERS

• First T-time 10:00 / Last T-time will depend on numbers
• Try to be early, you will have time to use the driving range and practice greens
• If you have a preference for t-times please let me know and we will try to accommodate you but again this will depend on the numbers
• Fees include Green Fees, Water & Snacks, Halfway House, Post Event Meal and to fund prizes not covered by the sponsors
• Entry Fee is €65 -> if you are a member of Golfpark Winnerod then the fee will be €35

There is still room for more participants so please encourage your friends to come along!

Information required from golfers, send asap to mark.snell@capgemini.com:
• Mobile Number for each participant: So the club can text you your t-time
• Email address: I will have the majority of email addresses already but if you are booking for others please also give me their email address
• Handicap
• Home golf club

BEGINNERS (Provided there is interest):

• Course will start at 14:00 for 2 hours
• Try to arrive by 13:00 so that you can get a sandwich at the Halfway House
• The course will be given by the local professional
• Fees include Green Fees, Water & Snacks, Halfway House, & Post Event Meal
• Entry Fee is €45

There is still room for more participants so please encourage your friends to come along!

Information required from beginners, send asap to mark.snell@capgemini.com:
• Mobile Number for each participant
• Email address

SPONSORS

A big thank you to the sponsors who make this day possible:
Marina Travel specialists in travel to Ireland, Scotland & Wales, including golf trips
Greene Entertainment who offer a wide range of options for private & corporate entertainment
• Alan Copley – Finsbury Private Wealth Management for investment, savings and retirement planning
• Janosch Vena Steinkönig, German Brand Ambassador, Tullamore Dew – producer of some of Ireland’s most popular whiskeys

Anyone interested in sponsoring a prize please feel free to contact mark.snell@capgemini.com

PAYMENT for golfers required in advance, but for other arrangements please contact mark.snell@capgemini.com.

Looking forward to meeting you all on the 29th May!

Mark Snell
Irish Business Network, Germany

 

IBN Interview with Mark Snell

Mark Snell is organising the IBN annual golf tournament on Friday May 16th, so we caught up with him to hear more about him and his experience in Germany.

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Mark, what brought you to Germany?

Like most Irish people of my generation and the generations before, I grew up in an Ireland where opportunities were limited. Particularly for anyone from small towns like Youghal, Co Cork, a lovely picturesque seaside town but not a hub of economic activity at least not in 1988. Job prospects locally were few and far between.   The Ireland of the 1980s was somewhat different to previous decades, in that it brought with it an opening of the education system.   I was lucky to be able to avail of this opportunity and to study at NIHE Limerick (now the University of Limerick).  This opened up many opportunities for me. My first summer vacation in 1985, during this time was spent in Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart working for Daimler Benz.   The following summer I spent a month in Frankfurt.  These stays in Germany had nothing to do with a love of Germany or being fluent in German.  I had as a child never really been fond of Germany, they were always portrayed as the bad guys.  Sadly also at that time my German was very limited as I had taken French in school.  However it improved greatly by the end of these 2 short stays.  Initially I had only chosen Germany a) because I had contacts there from a family camping trip in Scotland and b) because Germany had such good train connections which made exploring the rest of Europe so easy.   After 1986 I never dreamed I would be back.  Unfortunately what German I had picked up was quickly forgotten.   At the end of 1990 after having spent 2 years in London, I decided it was time to go home.  However this was not to be, the best job offer I got at the time happened to be in Germany but with an Irish company.  Apparently my previous time in Germany had not been wasted.  So it was a bit of a compromise, I didn’t get to move home but I was working for an Irish company.

Why have you stayed?

I initially only planned to stay for a few years as most people do and then go home.  It was a means to an end.  However over time living here has become very comfortable.  I initially stayed six and half years with the Irish company and then moved to a French consulting company and have been there ever since in various positions.  New opportunities made staying a more permanent option.   Ireland is just a plane ride away and with the advent of cheap carriers visiting home has become very much more affordable.  Dare I mention the weather, although not Mediterranean the summer in Germany is generally dry, warm and with an open air pool only one street away from where we live we want for almost nothing.

What you miss about Ireland?

I could go on about Sally O’Brien and eggs but Germany is not a desert.   I initially missed Barry’s Green Label, Clonakilty Black Pudding, my mother’s steak and kidney pie and of course Munster Rugby and the sea.  However we have solved most of these issues; Barry’s and Clonakilty we now bring back with us whenever we are home so this is no longer an issue, Wrights at Dublin Airport have often saved my bacon in this regard.  Munster’s away matches are often easier & cheaper to get to from Frankfurt  but nothing compares to Thomond Park and unfortunately I don’t get there as often as I would like.  Missing my mother’s cooking which is irreplaceable has forced me to be more adventurous with my own cooking but will never compare.   Living in Frankfurt the sea is unfortunately also irreplaceable but we do get our fill whenever we are in Youghal or Inis Mor.

Advantages of living in Germany

There are many advantages to living in Germany; the weather, being central, the high number of vacation days, a stable economy, the scenery (the Germans call Ireland the green island but take a trip up the Rhein river around Rüdesheim and you will be amazed how green it is, amazing castles and wonderful views) and the culture (despite commonly held view Germans do have culture and a sense of hummour).  The weather I have already mentioned above.  Germany is central and is an ideal location from which to explore the rest of continental Europe.

Advice for people moving to Germany

Get involved; there are many expat groups e.g. IBN who hold events (Don’t forget the IBN annual golf tournament on Friday May 16th, if interested please contact me at mark.snell@capgemini.com) and get involved in your local community, nobody does festivals better than the Germans and they will organize one for any reason and not just the Oktoberfest.

Lean the language ; if you want to integrate and increase your opportunities both from a social and career perspective learn to speak German you are after all in their country.  You don’t have to speak the language perfectly the Germans will make an effort to understand what you mean unlike some others I could mention.  There are various ways to lean German; both privately or through cheap courses provided by the VHS.  Regardless of which route you go the old saying still applies; ‘use it or lose it’.  A lot of Germans love to practice their English which makes learning and using German harder.  You have to be determined and answer them in German.  I have a basic rule I don’t speak English to Germans.

Explore your surroundings; there is so much to see in Germany itself and the surrounding countries, use your stay to explore your surroundings.

Finally don’t sit there complaining that things are not the same as in Ireland, it is different.  It is an opportunity to experience something different.  Embrace the experience

Did you have any knowledge of the German language before you arrived?

As mentioned above I came to Germany twice as a student long before moving here permanently.  I took two hours of German for three months prior to going to Germany the first time, so my initial German was very limited.  However being thrust in an environment where German was the common language I quickly improved my language skills.  I learned most of my German from watching the local news on ARD and ZDF.   Note in my opinion it is far more important to be able to communicate than to speak the language perfectly.  So I used what limited German I had on my return and built up my vocabulary and language skills by using it on the job

Your plans for the future

In the short term, I have to use this opportunity to plug the IBN annual golf tournament on Friday May 16th again, please contact me at mark.snell@capgemini.com if you are interested, all welcome. That will be followed by the annual pilgrimage to the Heineken Cup  Final, this year in Cardiff on the weekend of 23rd May, unfortunately without Munster -> so close and yet so far.   Otherwise after 24 years in Germany we are very settled and unless someone makes me an offer I can’t refuse we will be here for the next few years.

Interested in other IBN Germay events? More Information can be found here: Events 2014