Ireland's Premier SME Conference

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2024 Topic Discussions

Bringing together an audience of over 900 people on the day, our panel discussions will feature high-calibre speakers who have achieved significant success in their respective businesses and industries. Gain valuable insights into the world of private equity, mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategies for raising capital and achieving blockbuster exits.

This is an incredible opportunity to learn from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Ireland, as well as network with other like-minded individuals in the business community.

Join us for a truly inspiring and informative conference that is not to be missed.

Deal Of The Year Interview

Matt Cooper will have a one-on-one discussion to spotlight the extraordinary journey of our headline speaker, Niall Molloy. Niall recently saw his company receive investment from private investments firm Starwood Capital, in an investment reported to be €850m, valuing Echelon Data Centres at approximately €2.5bn. Delve into the strategic brilliance, bold decisions, and unparalleled vision that propelled this entrepreneur to the forefront of global commerce.

People & Deals

Explore the dynamics of team motivation with our featured speaker at The Real Deal Event’s panel discussion: ‘People & Deals’. Led by distinguished industry experts, this session offers an in-depth exploration of effective strategies for inspiring and driving peak performance within your team. From fostering a collaborative environment to leveraging individual strengths, our speakers will provide invaluable insights and practical tips to help you unlock your team’s full potential.

Speakers: Aisling Teillard, Jarlath Dooley

Growth, Succession & Exit

The “Growth Capital” panel provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights, engage in meaningful discussions, and uncover the nuances of MBO and Growth Strategy. Don’t miss your chance to participate in this enriching conversation that promises to deepen your understanding of MBOs and their impact on the business landscape. 

Speakers: John Purdy

The Journey To Exit

Join us to explore “Deals Of The Year”, where industry leaders delve into strategies, insights, and success stories of high-impact business exits. Gain invaluable knowledge ensuring your next move is nothing short of a blockbuster.

Speakers: David Maxwell & Sharon McCabe

Some Past Speakers

Featured Speakers

We are glad to share our confirmed speakers for The Real Deal 2023. More speakers will be announced in the lead-up to the event.

Niall Molloy
Niall Molloy Cheif Executive Officer, Echelon Data Centres
Niall is CEO and co-founder of Echelon Data Centres. He is also a principal of Aldgate Developments. Echelon Data Centres has grown organically since 2017 to be one of the largest data centre platforms in Europe and one of Ireland’s fastest-growing businesses. Echelon recently closed a major funding partnership with Starwood Capital which involved the investment of $850m in equity and involves an enterprise value of over €2.5bn on the business.
Matt Cooper MC
Matt Cooper
Matt Cooper MC
Matt Cooper is returning to host The Real Deal event in 2024, having previously hosted in 2018, 2019, 2020 & 2023.
John Purdy
John Purdy Non-Executive Chairman, Ex CEO Ergo
Since co-founding Ergo over 30 years ago, John Purdy has steered the company through extraordinary growth, creating a €200m business with 750 employees, spinning off two companies (Fenergo and FlowForma) and acquiring five others. John also boasts an extensive CV as both an investor and a non-executive.
Sharon McCabe
Sharon McCabe CEO, McCabes Pharmacy
Sharon McCabe leads as the CEO of McCabes Pharmacy, a renowned chain of community pharmacies across Ireland. Recently, the family-owned McCabes Pharmacy group became a part of PHX Ireland, the parent company of the Lloyds Pharmacy chain in Ireland. Beyond her role at McCabes, Sharon offers her expertise as a voluntary Non-Executive Director on the Boards of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Holding Company and Cancer Trials Ireland. Additionally, she serves as a Non-Executive Director for Eason PLC, Ireland's largest bookstore business, and contributes her insights to Dublin Zoo.
Aisling Teillard
Aisling Teillard Chief Customer Officer, beqom
Aisling’s HR career spans over 25 years, working across various industries as a senior HR professional prior to establishing Our Tandem in 2016. As a former HR Director of O2, Aisling led many global change initiatives that transformed performance management, talent management and led wider cultural change programmes. She also established and ran Telefonica’s first European HR shared service organisation. Before Telefonica, Aisling was a HR Director and Board member with SAP. She exited Our Tandem to Swedish HR tech company Beqom.
David Maxwell
David Maxwell Managing Director at Boojum Ltd
At the helm of Boojum’s success is the visionary leader, and current MD, David Maxwell, whose entrepreneurial acumen, coupled with a deep understanding of consumer preferences, has enabled Boojum to establish itself as one of the stand-out fast casual brands in Ireland. The business sold a controlling stake to the casual dining chain, the Azzurri Group in June 2023.
Jarlath Dooley
Jarlath Dooley Chairman & Board Adviser to scaling companies
Jarlath has extensive senior leadership experience in the Irish IT landscape specializing in People & Culture, Business Performance and M&A (Integrations), having worked with some of Ireland's most successful companies, including Iona Technologies, FINEOS and most recently, Version 1. He has operated at Board level for many years covering a broad range of responsibilities including People and Culture, M&A (Integration) IT, Business Systems, Marketing and Strategy.

Conference Countdown

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023


The Venue

Located in the very heart of the Irish racing and breeding industry in Kill, County Kildare, Goffs worldwide reputation is built on the success of the horses they sell and the quality of customer service given. For The Real Deal 2024, this historic venue is being transformed into a platform to learn from some of Ireland’s best entrepreneurs, while also enabling ample networking opportunities for all in attendance.

Ideally located outside of Dublin, Goff’s (W91 K197) is easily accessible from the M50, Limerick, Cork, Galway, Belfast & Waterford. There is free parking on-site.