Who We Are

Irish Horizons is a dynamic Destination Management Company and Professional Conference Organiser based in Dublin. A division of the Irish Welcome Tours group, we have delivered highly successful Incentives, Events and Conferences for our worldwide clients since 1989.

We operate across the whole island of Ireland with all its diversity. Our trusted relationships with hoteliers and other suppliers ensure that we can create world class events for the demanding MICE sector. We have a multilingual team based at our Dublin headquarters, always up to date on what is new and exciting in Ireland and what makes Ireland a special destination.

All our services are aimed at bringing Ireland alive for you and your clients. We have a multi-lingual team in Dublin using their knowledge of this special island to ensure success for our MICE partners. Over 25 years investment in the best technology means that the operations of Irish Horizons are state-of-the-art. We offer you a wide range of services:


Christophe de Patoul

Christophe de Patoul, Head of Incentives & Conference

A Belgium native with a Degree in Law, Christophe has been living in Ireland for 20 years. He has a strong background in Incentives and Conferences and ran his own company for several years before serving as a Director in a leading Irish Incentive House. He is responsible for growing our incoming and outgoing corporate travel business.

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Tim McStay

Tim McStay, Director of Incentives

Tim has 20 years experience in the Travel & Tourism Industry. A SITE member, he is a former President of ITOA and served for 7 years on the Board of the St. Patricks Festival. Responsible for Irish Horizons -the Incentive division of Irish Welcome Tours - including overseas Sales, Business Development and Promotions. Tim has a Masters Degree in Business Studies and is a German speaker.

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Maeve O'Connor

Maeve O'Connor, Sales Director North America

Maeve's favourite colour is green, we think that's very appropriate considering her devotion to promoting Ireland's proverbial forty shades. Maeve brings over two decades of sales experience, at hotel and agency level, to her position and worked most recently as Director of Sales with a leading Incentive house and formerly with the prestigious Adare Manor.

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Camille Afchain

Camille Afchain, Senior Project Manager - Team Leader

Originally from the south of France, Camille now calls Ireland home. She is a hardworking, creative and energetic event operations manager with 8 years’ experience in the events industry. She is very attentive to detail and is a perfectionist. She takes pride in delivering everything she does to a high standard.

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Sharon McMeel

Sharon McMeel, Senior Project Manager

Sharon is an award winning wedding planner with over 14 years’ experience in the wedding industry, planning weddings and events all over Ireland. She will use her expertise and knowledge to help save you time and money, help relieve stress and confusion, ensuring a well-planned, unforgettable and exquisitely decorated event.

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Elise Leclere

Elise Leclere, Senior Project Manager

From Normandy, Elise joined the Irish Horizons's team in 2012. Graduated with a Masters in International Event Management, she is now in charge of organising conferences and incentives concentrating on the french speaking markets. With her background in event management she is hoping to make your business trips a memorable and unique experience for all of your participants.

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Domitille Garmy

Domitille Garmy, Project Manager

Originally from Auvergne in France, Domitille holds a double bachelor in Translation & International Relations and a Master’s degree in Events, Communication and Cross-Cultural Management. She is fluent in English and Spanish, with a passion for bringing people together and for travelling, Domitille quickly found that the MICE world was made for her. She used to work for the Sevilla Congress & Convention Bureau in Spain and has now been a valuable member of Irish Horizons for 2 years in the French Market. Dynamic and creative, Domitille likes challenges and will help you bring your event to a great success.

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Jil Pforr

Jil Pforr, Project Manager

Originally from Germany, Jil fell in love with the island of Ireland many years ago. She went to college in Dublin and holds a bachelor degree in Tourism Management. Following her studies, she returned to Germany and worked in quality management in corporate travel and public relations and social media for international tourism companies. She has a thorough knowledge of the Irish tourism industry and is very enthusiastic to share with clients what Ireland has to offer.

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Caroline Whitsell

Caroline Whitsell, Project Manager

Caroline holds a degree in Business with Event Management and from her first day working on the ground of events, has never looked back. Upon graduating, she moved to America where she worked in project management, marketing and social media before returning to Ireland. Caroline now works on the North American Market where her knowledge of the Irish event industry and America collides. She strives to constantly be on top of the latest trends and upcoming venues in Ireland while ensuring every event has the 'wow' factor. Caroline's attention to detail, creativity and organisation will ensure your events success.

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Jamie Donnelly

Jamie Donnelly, Incentive Executive

Growing up around Killarney, Co. Kerry, Jamie developed a deep appreciation for the natural and wonderful landscape of Ireland. Having completed a Masters in International Tourism, Jamie has worked with a number of communities in developing their tourism offering from a foundation level. He has also worked in the FIT industry and is now applying his skills and knowledge with Irish Horizons. An advocate of responsible tourism and development, Jamie loves finding new and different ways to spice up your event in a conscientious manner.

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