UCD Group Innovative Food Mentor Evening

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Event Date:  5:00pm, 10th March 2016

Location:  UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science Centre, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Ticket Price: €10


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UCD Group Food Mentor Evening

Following the success of the recent Dublin Food Chain group mentor session, which ended up being Irelands largest food mentor event, we are delighted to be hosting another similar event with a new line up of great mentors as part of the LEO Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Enterprise week.  This event will take place on March 10th in UCD and will be facilitated by the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science and will focus on food innovation.

Key Note Speaker

In addition to this great line up DFC are delighted to welcome Larry Murrin CEO Dawn Farms as a key note speaker.  Larry is Co-founder and Chief Executive of Dawn Farms. Established in 1985 the company now employs over 900 people across its three production plants in Ireland and the UK. Dawn Farms is the preferred cooked meat ingredient partner to many of the world’s leading grocery and High Street Foodservice brands in over 40 countries worldwide.

A former President of IBEC, Larry is passionate about the potential of the food industry in Ireland and serves on the Consumer Foods Board of Bord Bia and is a member of the Governments Food Harvest 2025 strategy group.

Larry is also Chairman of his family business “With Taste” which employs 330 people.  With Taste is a wholly Irish owned SME operating in the culinary/hospitality sector in the Dublin/Leinster area. Larry lives in Clontarf, Dublin with his wife and family.

This event is being led by Local Enterprise Office, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.



  • 16.00 – 17.00 Optional tour of food facility – Participants will be taken on a tour of UCD’s state of the art facilities including the food science research laboratories and sensory labs used by the UCD Institute of Food and Health
  • 17.00 – 17.45 Registration/Allocation of mentor slot: Run by DFC/LEO team
  • 17.45 – 17.50 Opening by Eibhlin Curley Head of Enterprise DLR LEO
  • 17.50 – 18.00 Introduction and housekeeping from James Burke DFC Network Manager
  • 18.00 – 18.20  Prof Dolores O’Riordan UCD Working Title Innovation and Change in the Food Industry - The Role of the School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD
  • 18.20 – 18.40 Larry Murrin CEO Dawn Farms
  • 18.40 – 18.45 Proceed to mentor room
  • 18.45 – 19.20 Mentor Session One
  • 19.20 – 19.25 Mentor change over
  • 19.25 – 20.00 Mentor Session Two

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Dublin Food Chain is a collaborative initiative of Local Enterprise Offices in the Dublin area. The Dublin Food Chain is part of an ongoing effort to harness the power of the 'collective', in order to ensure that Co. Dublin's unique food heritage benefits from the attention it deserves.

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