Green Tie Gala features world-class speakers

Rugby legend Paul O'Connell leads an impressive lineup

Paul O'Connell
Paul O'Connell is a rugby legend. - Photo : ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The inaugural Green Tie Gala is keeping the spirit of Ireland alive with a dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, on 20 March, featuring international speakers and live entertainment. All are welcome – you don’t have to be from the Emerald Isle to appreciate a great night out.

The evening is a benefit for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and, in particular, the Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, with all raffle proceeds going toward this great charity.

There is a cocktail reception, starting at 6pm, a three-course Irish-inspired dinner with wine, a raffle, and music from The Neverines band, Irish musicians, and a DJ.
Guest speakers include rugby legend, Paul O’Connell; Marty Morrissey from RTE; and Dómhnal Slattery, aircraft leasing pioneer and CEO of Avolon.

Paul O’Connell

O’Connell is an iconic figure, respected in and beyond the rugby world and widely regarded as one of sport’s finest ambassadors.

His rugby achievements are too numerous to mention, but include being Ireland’s third-most capped player of all time (108 caps, 28 as Captain); Triple Crown wins in 2006, 2007 and 2009; Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009; back-to-back Championship honours in 2014 and 2015; British and Irish Lions tours to New Zealand (2005) and South Africa (2009) when he was honoured with the captaincy, and Australia (2013); participation in four Rugby World Cups; 13th most capped international in Rugby Union history; 178 appearances during his 15-year career at Munster, with European Heineken Cup and Celtic League/Pro 12 honours, as well as captaining the legendary side from 2007 to 2015.

Renowned as one of the best second rows and among the finest captains in world rugby, O’Connell’s inspirational leadership on the pitch has been mirrored by his dedication to public causes. He was awarded the Freedom of Limerick City in 2012 in recognition of his philanthropic work as a community leader in his native city, and in the service of many charitable and voluntary causes at home and abroad in areas such as Special Olympics, culture and education.
He regularly appears on television and radio and is actively followed on social media platforms.

Marty Morrissey

Morrissey is an Irish sports commentator and television presenter. He regularly presents high-profile sports events for RTÉ Sport, such as the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and Olympic Games. He entered the world of broadcasting in 1988 by joining the local TV channel, Cork Multi-Channel. Shortly after that, he moved to London to work for WH Smith’s Lifestyle Channel. In 1989, he joined the new Clare FM local radio station as news editor. In 1990, he returned to Cork to work on RTÉ’s local radio service in Cork. He left Cork in 1994 to join RTÉ’s TV Sports Department.

Morrissey has commentated on many sporting events, but his bailiwick is Gaelic games. He also has a job as sports reporter and reader on RTÉ News and presents Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1. He was a ring announcer and interviewer on Pro Box Live.

Dómhnal Slattery

Slattery is the chief executive officer of Avolon, an aircraft leasing company, with 30 years’ experience in the industry. He has built Avolon to be a global leader in aircraft leasing through a period of private equity ownership and a successful listing on the NYSE.

In 1989, he began his aviation-financing career, initially in marketing roles with Guinness Peat Aviation and GECAS. In 1994, he established his own aircraft advisory and investment banking services company, International Aviation Management Group. In 2001, The Royal Bank of Scotland Group acquired IAMG as the launch platform of RBS Aviation Capital. Slattery was chief executive of this business from 2001 to 2004 and went on to become managing director of the Structured Asset Finance business for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He continued as a non-executive director of RBS Aviation Capital until January 2008.

Tickets for the Green Tie Gala are $250 each or $2,500 for a table of 10. Dress is black tie/formal. A limited number of tickets are left.

Email [email protected] to reserve your seat.

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until further notice

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