Come to our Food Symposium and meet Sinéad.

Sinéad Hennessy is Failte Ireland’s Food Tourism Officer. Responsible for delivering Failte Ireland’s food and drink development strategy 2018-2023, her role includes implementation of a national food and drink activity plan. Working across all experience brand assets, including Taste the Island, Ireland’s newest food tourism proposition and informed by her experience in the hotel, restaurant and food service sector, she has a comprehensive perspective on Irish food and its contribution to tourism

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Originally from near Clonakilty in West Cork, Sinead is based in Limerick where she has lived for several years. She was appointed Food Tourism officer in April 2015. With a mother who cooked, a father from a farming background, and the experience of working in a family restaurant business growing up, Sinead has a comprehensive perspective on Irish food and hospitality.

Sinead gained experience in a variety of management roles in the hotel and restaurant sector before joining Fáilte Ireland in 2005, originally as a Restaurant Skills Instructor and then Business Development Advisor and Client Services officer in trade engagement roles.

Prior to joining the Food Tourism team she worked in International Leisure Sales, a role in which she continued to work closely with industry. Sinead studied Hospitality Management at CIT and Business Management at University of Limerick.