Aisling Events Director – Connla McCann is a fluent Irish speaker with an MSc in Business and IT from Dublin City
University and a BA Hons in Celtic Studies, from Ulster University. She began her in career in event management in 2005 and specializes in awards ceremonies and conferences in Ireland and the United Sates. She is the current CEO of Irish Echo in New York as well as an active member of the Irish language, education and cultural spheres in the north of Ireland. She is a governor of the board of the Irish language school, Bunscoil Phobal Feirste and chair of the board of Brassneck Theatre Company.
Aisling Events Director – Máirtín Ó Muilleoir is also publisher of the Belfast Media Group in the north of Ireland and the Irish Echo in the US.
A former Finance Minister in the North of Ireland Executive, a Mayor of Belfast, and Sinn Féin MLA for South Belfast, Máirtín began his political career as a councillor in Belfast City Hall in the late ’80s, a period which he chronicled in his book, The Dome of Delight. An Irish speaker, he has also written several books in the Irish language and is the founder of the film company, Bóthar Ard. A fervent supporter of the arts, he sits on the board of the Arts Council in the north of Ireland. A graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, some of his other accolades include the Tolerntia Laureate Award for support of the LGBTQ+ community; Community Relations Council Award for Civic Leadership; the PRIDE Festival Award for Best Political Contribution to the LGBT Community, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians of America JFK Medal. He has also been named as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for “the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples” and has been awarded with an honorary doctorate by the University of Quinnipiac in Connecticut
Amy Dickinson is Events Coordinator with Aisling Events, a position she took up in 2018. She holds a BA Hons degree in Liberal Arts with Business Studies, gained at St Mary’s University, Belfast. She is a specialist in digital communications and events management including technology and business conferences, sporting events and awards ceremonies, which she has managed for corporations and communities on both sides of the Atlantic.
Aisling Events is Belfast-based events company which delivers unique, must-attend, first class events and conferences which help build a better Belfast. It was founded in 2014 by Connla McCann and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir with the mission of being leaders in physical and virtual events which deliver real value for our partners and attendees.
Our annual events are:
SPAR Craic 10k- St Patricks Day race that attracts up to 2000 runners and is the biggest stand-alone 10k in NI
BelTech – Two-day technology conference for technology practitioners and post-primary school students from across and NI. It attracts between 400-500 technologists and around 500 post-primary students every year.
New York New Belfast – Takes place in New York every June and promotes partnerships and connections between New York and Belfast. A Belfast delegation of between 30-50 travel to New York to attend each year with around 150 New York business and political leaders attending
Belfast International Homecoming – A three-day event showcasing the best of Belfast which welcomes back the Diaspora to NI. Across the three days around 700 people will attend some or all events, with around 40-70 international guests flying in to attend.
Golden Bridges Conference Awards – Takes place in Boston every November and promotes partnerships and connections between Northwest Ireland and Massachusetts. A delegation of 30 from Donegal and Derry fly to Boston to attend with around 100 local Boston business, community and politically leaders attending.
AI CON- Artificial Intelligence conference aimed at businesses, technology professionals and business leaders from across NI. This event attracted 450 attendees in its first year and around 800 last year when it was virtual.
EmTech Europe- Aisling Events secured the rights to host the prestigious EmTech Europe conference in 2021, 2022 and 2023. MIT Technology Review’s flagship conference ‘EmTech Europe’ was hosted digitally from Belfast on July 1 & 2 in 2021, bringing together Europe’s brightest and best technology leaders, researchers, and innovators for inspiration, insight, and connection. In 2022 and 2023 we will bring the conference back to its physical form at a central Belfast location.