Behind the Conference and Events Venue is a team of creative, hard-working and dedicated individuals who are absolutely passionate about what they do. Collectively, the team has over a century of combined event expertise. We pride ourselves on taking calculated risks, pushing the envelope and moving the skills of our team to a new level which in turn creates experiences that bring concepts to life for our thousands of clients.
Sharon HollywoodDirector of Operations
Sharon has worked in the industry for 30 years with her experience in the 5* Hospitality sector including; Dromoland Castle, Sheen Falls and Conrad Gallaher group before joining The Conference and Events team in 2005 as General Manager to oversee the opening of Fire Restaurant and the Launch of the Round Room. In 2011 Sharon was promoted to Director of Operations and took on the project Management of the new 2 million extension of the venue. Sharon now manages a team of almost 100 staff which under her direction, guarantee excellence and a standard of service that is unrivalled with any other venue. Sharon has successfully hosted over 1,500 events in the last 11 years.
If you can’t find Sharon hard at work in the Conference and Events Venue, you’ll most likely find her searching for her next pair of heels – as if 192 pairs wasn’t enough! Sharon loves a girl’s night out, good food and spending quality time with her daughter..
Cara McManamonDirector of Sales and Events
Cara has over 20 years’ experience within the 5* Hospitality sector including Cape Grace, Ashford Castle and The Shelbourne Hotel. Cara is passionate about the industry and believes that with teamwork, attention to detail and delivering high service standards, guests will return leading to company profitability and a stronger tourism industry within Ireland. Cara’s organizational and communication skills lead to a promotion within the company, to her current role, which has been beneficial to clients and the business alike. Cara’s natural leadership skills have helped develop and nurture the individual team members, motivated them to succeed and offer the best service the Conference and Events team can provide.
You’ll see Cara at her happiest having a pedicure or enjoying a filet steak! Another adrenaline junkie, there is no better gift for Cara than racing cars around Mondello Park.
Jan LeonardBusiness Development Management
Jan began her hospitality experience in her teenage years along the seaside in the west of Ireland working in a family owned hotel, which was established by her Grandparents, before moving to Dublin to study the industry. Jan graduated with honours from her BSC Hospitality Management degree before gaining experience in the luxury 5 star Howard Hotel in Edinburgh, the Cathal Brugha and the O’Callaghan Hotel group in Ireland. Jan joined the team at the Conference & Events Venue at The Mansion House in January 2015 as Business Development Manager. Jan’s main priority is attracting new business to the venue. through proactive sales and building long term client relationships.
Jan’s twitter tag is “red wine, music and wandering enthusiast” and this sums her up pretty well. She’s happiest when out and about checking out a new restaurant, wandering through markets or at a music gig or festival (having attended an impressive 11/12 Electric Picnics!)
Emer SpillaneFinancial Controller
Emer is an accomplished ACCA Accountant with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. Emer graduated from DIT with a Bachelor Degree in Business and Management. Emer then went on to continue her ACCA exams with DBS while gaining her practical accountancy knowledge through an array of roles within high profile organisations.
Emer has a proven record of sound financial acumen whilst displaying initiative, diplomacy and well-honed multitasking skills working in a highly dynamic environment.
Emer joined the team in 2012 and through her excellent organisational and interpersonal skills has overseen the finance team grow from two members to five members.
Emer’s expertise and strong understanding of the Conference & Events Venue has made her a valuable key member of the team.
Emer is an avid Dublin GAA supporter and during her time off can be found in Croke Park.
When she is not cheering on the Dubs Emer loves to try out new restaurants and bars.
Carolina KeeganEvent Manager
Carolina is the newest addition to the Conference and Events team. Having graduated with an honour’s degree in social care in 2013, Carolina decided to follow her passion and undertook a postgraduate diploma in Event Management and Public Relations. Carolina originally joined the team as part of her college internship, having successfully completed a 3-month placement with the venue, she was subsequently offered a permanent position. Over the following years, Carolina was promoted to Event Manager and has successfully oversaw numerous events from the conventional to the extraordinary and is on hand to help with the conceptualisation and coordination of exceptional events. Clients have chosen to host their event in the Conference and Events Venue due to Carolina’s exceptional creative ability.
A lover of all things outdoors, Carolina is at her happiest when camping, hiking and swimming in the sea! Downtime for Carolina involves music festivals, travelling and most importantly being out with good friends!
Dominika ZemberyovaEvent Manager
Dominika’s journey in Fire restaurant and the Conference and Events venue started in 2012 when she joined the establishment as a waitress and shortly moved on to a reservations team.
In 2014 she was promoted to a Head Receptionist and led the reservations team since the beginning of 2015, acting as a Reservations manager overlooking the reservations for the restaurant, daytime meetings, receptions etc. Dominika moved into the Business Development team in 2015 and was most recently promoted to Event manager. Dominkia’s extensive knowledge and experience of the Conference and Event Venue product makes her an invaluable asset to the team and clients alike.
Time off for Dominika includes exploring new cafes and restaurants and taking wine courses (Nero D’Avola and Riesling are currently her number 1’s). Dominika loves travelling and hopes to have a summer house in Rioja region one day. Music-wise, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Foster the People do the trick on a Friday night!
Sabrina EgertonHead of Marketing
With a decade of experience in the event and hospitality industries Sabrina has a proven track record in developing new value creating opportunities and sustaining existing successful brands and events for clients. Sabrina has worked previously with Event promoter MCD, leading hospitality firm FBD hotels and various event specialists in the North of Ireland. Through her experience Sabrina has developed an in-depth knowledge of traditional and digital marketing strategies, a network of key contacts and strong working relationships with a breadth of key industry leaders. Sabrina has helped clients events by providing personalised marketing support, branding tools and helps to bring their events into the digital age through social media management, e-marketing and videography.
Sabrina has a love for all things fashion and has a slight addiction to online shopping. Sabrina’s favourite past time is travelling and exploring new places, especially as it gives her an excuse to buy new clothes! When Sabrina’s not off gallivanting she enjoys a glass of Prosecco and reading comics!
Gillian NolanMarketing Executive
Gillian Nolan joined the team in 2016 as Marketing Executive, working closely with Sabrina on all things Digital Marketing! With almost a decade of experience in the Hospitality sector, including three years marketing experience working with EE Group before joining The Confernece and Events team. Throughout the years Gillian has managed many corporate and loyalty events, acquiring invaluable experience and a love for the industry.
Gillian has proven success in building a brands online presence and thrives off the creativity which digital marketing allows. The constantly evolving world of digital media keeps Gillian striving to constantly bring The Conference and Events Venue to the top of the game! Gillian is currently studying a BA Hons in Marketing with Digital Media in Dublin Business School in the evenings, keeping her busy…as she likes it!
Gillian has a passion for architecture, cinema and likes keeping active with Crossfit. A foodie at heart, Gillian enjoys eating out with friends and checking out the latest bars and restaurants Dublin has to offer!
Mark GailoneSenior Lighting Designer
Mark Trained at the Central School of speech and Drama in London. He was a technical manager at Sadler’s Wells Theatre for five years and went on to become a lighting designer mainly working in contemporary dance and ballet.
Since 2015 Mark has been the lead lighting designer for High Res Lighting in The Round Room. When he is not in The Round Room he also lights for events, theatre, television and exhibitions. Last year as well as having a great year in the round room he was particularly proud of lighting Inside The GPO for Fishamble Theatre Company, Hamlet for Second Age and Riot for This is Pop Baby.
Mark is an extremely bad cricketer but he does have all the gear so is occasionally seen trying to play the odd taverners match for Bells Academicals.
Marcus MiddletonFunction Manager
Marcus has worked in private banqueting and elite customer services environments in both UK and Ireland, Prior to working in Ireland, he spent four years on the Queen Elizabeth 2 Cunard Line cruise ship.
Marcus has two decades of experience in overseeing the delivery of corporate events for up to 1,500 guests and managing a service team of 70.
Marcus is obsessed with golf and loves Alsace wine (especially Gewurtztraminer)!
Mark CorlessAudio Visual manager
Mark has worked in the event industry for over 25 years, he joined the creative team in the Conference and Events venue in 2013. He has worked on every type of event here such as conferences, weddings, parties, award ceremonies all of which require a top class production, where attention to detail is paramount to the success of the event.
He takes a hands-on approach to every event, his priority is client satisfaction, and his team pride themselves on providing the highest standard of production.
When he is not organising some kind of event, you can find him relaxing with his wife & four kids, drinking coffee, doing some gardening, minding his bee hives or doing a spot of windsurfing.
Terry RiceLead Event Chef
Terry Rice started his career in the famous Royal Hibernian Hotel in 1972 which is now Royal Hibernian Way across the way on Dawson Street.
With over 40 years’ experience in the industry he met his wife Mary who is also still very active in the catering industry in the Regency Airport Hotel.
Over this remarkable career Terry has spent over 10 years at the Forte Crest Airport Hotel as Executive Chef, followed on then to The Stand House Hotel in The Curragh and moved closer to home and opened the Neptune Beach Hotel followed by City North Hotel in Germantown.
Terry joined With Taste in 2008 as Head Chef in The Round Room and during this time has also privately catered for Phil Collins and Ian Botham in the South Of France.
In 2011 Terry was part of the team that catered for the State Dinner for Queen Elizabeth ll in Dublin Castle led by Head of Culinary at With Taste, Garrett Duff and Chapter One chef patron, Ross Lewis.
When Terry is not in the kitchen, you will find him relaxing by walking his dog Gentle Ben out along Gormanstown beach, doing a spot of horse riding or cooking dinner for his wife Mary and his son Roger.
Terry also loves to travel and is an avid fan of Andre Rieu.
Dean McGarrigleHead of Security
Dean started his professional security career with building site security and doors on various pubs and clubs around the city. Dean has a decade of experience in working at a countless amount of music events, Jameson cult film festivals, golfing events and VIP events in most 5* hotels in Dublin.
He also worked in the presidential area and VIP areas in the Aviva stadium for rugby and soccer matches, and with various celebrities from TV, sport and politics including Conor McGregor, Graham Norton and Billy Ocean.
Dean is a big fan of Glasgow Celtic and gets to a match as often as he can, he trains in Krav Maga self-defence and id big into tattoos!!
He tries to get to the gym at least 3 times a week and enjoys going to new restaurants as often as he can.
The Conference and Events Venue Team are extremely proud to work in such a dynamic and ever-changing venue in Dublin. Each day for the team is different, and they are always delighted to accept new challenges and tasks. It is the positive, hard-working and creative attitude of the team that sets the Conference and Events Venue at the Mansion House apart from other establishments (not to mention the collective love of fine wine!)