Irish eyes were smiling at the Stock Exchange’s Ireland Day

Gabriella Griffith
ANY ENGLISH rugby fans passing through 10 Paternoster Square yesterday might have got the hump for a moment. A green ribbon-adorned Six Nations Cup was sat proudly on stage, next to the Irish tricolour for the Stock Exchange’s Ireland Day celebrations.

The man behind the day, CEO of Ireland INC, Ian Hyland, had no idea Pat Fitzgerald, president of the Irish Rugby and Football Union, would bring it with him. “He rang me and said, ‘I’ve brought the cup, do you think it’ll be okay in the hotel room when I go out?’ and I thought ‘what cup?!’” he told The Capitalist.

Ireland Day brings together some of the top names from Irish business to celebrate trade between Ireland and the UK. Martin Naughton, president of Glen Dimplex (which owns brands such as Morphy Richards) was honoured by opening the market, fresh after his dinner with the Queen and Irish President Michael D Higgins earlier in the week. “She was very nice,” he told us.