Despite the torrential downpours there was a great turn out of young solicitors in Tullamore in November for the Annual SYS 2012. The four star Tullamore Court Hotel situated in the heart of the Midlands proved the perfect location for the weekend long Conference.

Bank of Ireland and Brightwater Recruitment were the key sponsors of the 2012 Conference. The Friday evening welcome drinks, courtesy of A&L Goodbody Solicitors, allowed delegates to unwind and to put their finely honed professional networking skills to good use.

Speaking on the theme of ‘Social Media and Its Influence on Society’ at the Saturday afternoon conference wereAlan Metcalfe (Creative Director,, David Casserly BL (specialising in international sports arbitration and commercial arbitration), Oisin Tobin (Mason Hayes & Curran, specialising intechnology, media and communications law) and John Maher BL (specialising in media law, author of “The Law of Defamation”).

The speakers were all very engaging, the complimentary brunch was delicious and there were CPD points for everyone in the audience!

The highlight of the Conference is always the glamorous Blacktie Gala Dinner on the Saturday evening and Tullamore did not disappoint. The evening kicked off with a drinks reception courtesy of Rochford Brady with many delegates taking the opportunity to mingle with friends, check out the style and strike a pose before traipsing into the Tullamore Court Hotel’s impressive ballroom.

The rest of the evening went by in a whirl with dinner, dancing and spot prizes.  The excellent Déja Boo, the fantastic DJ and the bar extension ensured the party continued well into the small hours!!

Chairperson Claire McLoughlin thanked all the sponsors and her Committee for ensuring that another successful Annual SYS Autumn Conference was enjoyed by all.