Future Sparks Festival Speakers Include Rising Stars in Music and Sports

by Quinn Kanner
23 January 2018; At the launch of the AIB Future Sparks Festival are, from left, Sinead Walsh from Alexandra College, Dublin, recording artist Soulé, Sprout & Co co-founder Jack Kirwan, Grace Dervan from Wesley College, Dublin, Leinster rugby player Gordon D’Arcy, Dublin hurler Donal Burke, Lara Gillespie from Wesley College, Dublin, FoodCloud co-founder Iseult Ward, Sean Bradshaw from St. Paul’s College, Dublin and Conor McCarthy from CBS James St., Kilkenny. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Recording artist Soulé and Dublin hurler Donal Burke will be amongst over 40 young entrepreneurs and leaders in business speaking at the AIB Future Sparks Festival.

On Thursday, March 22 at the RDS, the AIB Future Sparks Festival will feature hands-on workshops, inspirational talks and panel discussions about sports, music, food, entertainment, entrepreneurship and technology to get students thinking about their futures.

“We are proud to announce the details of the AIB Future Sparks Festival today with so many hardworking, inspiring young leaders,” AIB Group Brands Director Mark Doyle said.

“The youth of today are shaping how Ireland will look in years to come, and we look forwards to welcoming all of the schools from around the country at the RDS in March.”

Currently confirmed speakers include former Ireland rugby player Gordon D’Arcy, FoodCloud co-founder Iseult Ward, Sprout co-founder Jack Kirwan, Dublin hurler Donal Burke and musician Soulé.

“To be part of an event that is giving the students of today real and useful insights into a range of industries is a no-brainer,” Soulé said.

“If sharing my experience in the Irish music industry can help any young aspiring artists, I am 100% on board and look forward to meeting everyone in March.”

More information on the festival is available on AIB’s website.

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