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Ireland’s Top 30 Business Groups on LinkedIn

I’ve spoken about my admiration for Linkedin and how to use it as a development tool for business before. Linkedin groups are a wonderful way to market you and your business, make connections and have your questions about business answered. I am a member of many Linkedin groups and try to participate as much as possible. Here is a list of the top 30 Irish Linkedin groups by number of members.


Paddytech is a new group on that aims to connect Irish ICT executives within Ireland and those overseas interested in keeping abreast of the Irish marketplace

Owner: Frank Brown

Ireland Business and Professional Network

Ireland Business and Professional Network is the leading business and professional network in Ireland, bringing together experienced, sophisticated private investors and professionals with exciting, early-stage, high growth companies. You are invited to join our Group on LinkedIn.

Owner: Calin Rus

Irish Executives

Networking group for Irish business people. The aim of the group is to share business connections, ideas, job or consulting opportunities among Irish folks. It is also aimed at promoting Irish based business abroad and Irish owned companies overseas. HEADHUNTERS ARE VERY WELCOME

Owner: John G. Keogh

Irish American Business Network

The IABN is founded on the cultural and historical contributions of Irish descendents throughout North America. Using a light hearted, satirical approach, we seek to use our collective experiences and insights to further our social, professional, and individual pursuits.

Owner: John Richards

Ireland: Bio/Pharm & Medical Device

A group set up for the free echange of ideas for the Biotechnology, Pharma and Medical Device Community in the UK and Ireland. irish, pharmaceutical, biotech, med dev, qa, qc, quality assurance, validation, engineer, process, manufacture, production, regulatory, clinical, r&d, gmp, gcp, qp, iso

Owner: Neil Walker

121 Marketing Network Ireland (First Wednesday Club)

This is a group for Ireland-based Marketing professionals to discuss marketing ideas, industry trends and help people find other marketing experts. Connect with friends, colleagues, alumni, and develop new marketing contacts. You are invited to join the 121 Marketing Network Ireland!

Owner: Karina Rose Heavey

Regulatory Affairs Professionals

A group specifically for Regulatory Affairs personnel who are interested in discussing career opportunities, both contracting and permanent in Medical Device, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies. Regional Sub-Groups include a group specifically for those in the Irish marketplace.

Owner: Jenny Navan

OpenCoffee Ireland

Self-organising business meet-up group with members in major Irish cities such as Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford.

Owner: Bernard Goldbach

Irish Recruiters

This network was set up to try get the collective community of Irish recruiters to congregate in one area so we can from time to time learn from each other, debate and make better connections helping us get better at our day to day jobs!

Owner: Declan Fitzgerald

Freelance Ireland

Resource for any freelancer in Ireland.

Owner: Shane Devane

Chartered Accountants Ireland

Chartered Accountants (CAs) are members of Chartered Accountants Ireland, the premier body of accountants which promotes the highest professional services delivered with integrity. NB: Chartered Accountants Ireland LinkedIn Group is exclusive to members and staff only.

Owner: Stephen Molloy

Innovation Ireland

Innovation has never been more important for sustainable competitive advantage – for companies and countries. This group is for people interested in helping Ireland continue to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) by building the innovation island.

Owner: Richard Delevan

IT Ireland

Group of IT Irish professionals and people working in IT in Ireland.

Owner: Mariusz J. Handke [LION] [PGP:0x6098BC0F]

MBA Association of Ireland

This network is for members of the MBA Association of Ireland (MBAAI) and MBA’s in Ireland or with a strong connection to Ireland (including MBA students). For faster approval, please ensure your MBA appears on your profile (and connection to Ireland if you are not based in Ireland).

Owner: Andrew Harbourne-Thomas

Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Dublin Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of businesses, both large and small, in Ireland’s capital. This group is for members of the Chamber.

Owner: Patrick King


For anyone that is interested in learning about using social media tools to effectively and organically grow business – Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn etc Also on Facebook: Twitter:

Owner: Niall Devitt

Engineers Ireland Official Group

With over 23,000 members, Engineers Ireland is one of the country’s oldest and largest professional bodies. Our primary role is to be the representative voice of the engineering profession in Ireland.

Owner: Engineers Ireland

Irish Technology Leadership Group

The ITLG is a group of Irish & Irish American senior execs, based mainly in Silicon Valley, committed to ensuring Ireland remains a strategic area of investment & opportunity for US technology companies & committed to supporting the global growth & development of Irish based technology companies.

Owner: Cian Hughes

IT Recruitment & Jobs in Ireland

This is a group for IT Professionals and IT Recruiters who are based in Ireland or are considering relocating to Ireland and would like to know what is happening in the IT Jobs market through a network of people that share common affinities.

Owner: Fabien Peyaud

SME Links Ireland

This Group is for Owner-managers / Senior managers of Irish SMEs and specialist consultants working within the SME space. Its intention is to allow members to share ideas, gather information, express opinions and concerns, and to make contacts.

Owner: Jackie Prendergast

Digital Tonic

“Digital Tonic” is a free-to-attend monthly networking night in Dublin, for digital media professionals in Ireland. The night is modeled on a similar event that ran in the UK called “Boob Night”. Its aim is to give the digital media community a networking opportunity to meet up once a month.

Owner: John Dunne


Sales Leadership Ireland is a new group that aims to help Irish sales people network and discuss all things related to selling in and from Ireland.

Owner: Niall Devitt

Irish Business Association

The Irish Business Association is a group of professionals and business owners committed to promoting business relationships and personal interaction within the Irish-American business community based upon a shared heritage.

Owner: Al Nunan

Lean Enterprise Ireland

Lean Enterprise Ireland is a networking group for Irish practitioners (not consultants) and is run by Shingo Prize winner Professor Peter Hines of LERC, Cardiff University. It is for those interested in taking lean beyond the shop floor tool stage to full Lean Enterprise implementation.

Owner: Professor Peter Hines

121 Business Network Ireland

This group is for Ireland-based business professionals to discuss ideas, industry trends & help people find other experts. Connect with friends, colleagues, alumni & develop new business contacts. This is a platform to interact with your peers. You are invited to join, 121 Business Network Ireland.

Owner: Karina Rose Heavey

Online Marketing Ireland

Online Marketing Ireland is a group dedicated to the growth of the online marketing industry, particularly with regards to Digital Media channels; and we hope you’ll join our group. Sponsored by Radical, an Online Marketing Agency located in Dublin, Ireland.

Owner: InteractiveReturn Dublin

HR Ireland – 100+ Members – Ireland’s largest Human Resources Network

HR Ireland – 400+ Members – Ireland’s largest HR Network HR Ireland – HR Network Group run by HR Professionals for HR Professionals in Ireland and Europe. Network of HR Professionals in Ireland and Europe to share and discuss people topics.

Owner: Hugh O’Brien

Rebuilding Ireland Inc.

This group seeks to bring together Irelands “grey haired revolutionaries”, as Gary Hamel calls us, to use our combined expertise to help Ireland Inc regain its status as one of the most dynamic economies in Europe.

Owner: Alex McDonnell

Web & Creative Ireland

Welcome to the Web & Creative Ireland Group. This group is primarily dedicated to people who are responsible for designing, developing, or maintaining websites. Let’s connect so we can keep in touch and stay up-to-date with the latest web technologies.

Owner: Gus Laios

iGaming & Gambling Professionals Networking & Career Group

A specialist group for professionals from the iGaming & Gambling arena to network, share ideas and gain access to latest worldwide career opportunities in Gaming including London, Gibraltar, Malta, Isle of Man & the Republic of Ireland. Online Bingo, Casino, Poker, Sportsbook and much much more

Owner: Stuart Roe

If there is a group that you are a member of and believe deserves a mention, please let me know in the comments section below.

Digital expert, top 10% influencer with over 10 years’ senior management experience - including managing projects and teams, and growing companies in the Irish, international and online marketplaces. Co-founded one of the largest B2B blogs in the world, helped grow a B2B social media to over 1,000,000 members, created the strategy for one of the most effective SME Facebook pages in the world and have grown 3 business websites (, & to in excess of a 100,000 unique visitors per month. Have consulted and worked with both corporate and SME clients on leveraging digital to drive business KPIs. Speaker at industry events, have authored several industry reports on the Digital Economy and appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Business Insider and other leading online and offline business publications. Specialities include: Entrepreneurship Business Development, Start-ups, Business Planning, Management, Training, Leadership, Sales Management, Sales, Sales Process, Coaching, Online Advertising, Blogging, Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media Strategist, Digital Strategy, Social Media ROI, User Generated Content, Social Customer Care.

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  • Greg, great post.
    A nice mixture of practical and empowering ways to maintain the job search and even for business owners, the message is similar 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Elaine and Fred for your comments.Have heard some great things about “Crush It” by Gary Vaynerchuk. It is on my Santa wish list;)

  • You know Greg I was only thinking about it the other day, been more proactive during the christmas break
    so I would be able to hit the ground running in January and I must say I enjoyed your article it has given me that extra incentive, thank you, Happy Christmas to you and yours & heres to a positive 2010


  • Anonymous

    Thanks John. Glad you found the article of use. Have a great productive Christmas and wishing you a successful and happy 2010.

  • Nice selection Niall. Thanks for sharing man!

  • Hi Niall. What a comprehensive list! Not sure I’d have time to stay tuned into 30 channels, but am certainly going to look at more than a couple of them!.

  • Just a comment on the Open Coffee Ireland – although they were previously confined to the “cities” there are now over 23 Open Coffee Clubs on the island of Ireland

    check out this map for a comprehensive list (courtesy of @markcahill earlier today) –

  • Hi Niall,

    Good list – dont forget “Irish Software CEOs Group” –

  • Anonymous

    Nice list Niall and I am a member of a few of these alright.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t forget the “Good Question Why Did You Ask?” group. Almost 700 active members.
    “In the Mind of The Buyer” is also a good one

  • Thanks Niall, a gold mine list here, cheers…

  • @Fred Cheers!
    @Braney Good to hear that there are one or two of interest.
    @Elaine Cool map!, thanks for sharing 🙂
    @Donagh Irish Software CEOs is a great group, I am a member.
    @Paul, good to hear.
    @r28551 Thanks for letting me know.
    @Ryan glad you liked it.

  • Alana

    Thanks Niall – very helpful!

  • Mariusz

    I think some figures have changed since you posted this article, though its been few years so no surprise 🙂

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