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ST18 Dublin raises charity cash

The networking dinner the night before the latest event in the Security TWENTY series by Professional Security Magazine in Dublin raised 1450 euros for the Irish Hospice Foundation on Tuesday, September 4. Pictured are Roy Cooper, MD of Professional Security and Angela Shafer of the Foundation.

The evening had a slightly different feel as instead of the waitress-service three-course meal, as run since the ST series of events began in 2013, diners could take their pick of barbecued food – and even go back for seconds!? As ever they could enjoy free drinks, including free Guinness. The more informal format meant no heads and tails game – the end of an era? The fund-raising came from the raffle with prizes donated by exhibitors Veracity, SilverNet, Hikvision, Winsted, Pyronix, CSL and Hanwha Techwin.

The dinner and conference-exhibition proper on Wednesday were at the Red Cow Moran Hotel on the outskirts of the city. Besides the exhibition room with some 70 companies showing their products and services, and the industry bodies ASIS International, the Security Institute (staffed by chief exec Rick Mounfield and members), IPSA and the Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA), a conference heard from consultant Martin Stairs, Mike Gillespie and Ellie Hurst of Advent IM, Peter Murray and Paul Kellett of Stop the Burglar, and sponsors Hanwha Techwin, Hikvision, and Anixter. Other event sponsors were IFSEC, Seagate, CSL and NetVu.

For photos of the event visit the ‘gallery‘ part of this website.

ST returns to Ireland the same week next year but as a double header: on Tuesday, September 3 at the Europa Hotel in Belfast; then on the Thursday, September 5 at the Red Cow. For the 2019 dates and venues visit

The next ST event that rounds off 2018 is ST18 London, a return to the Park Inn Hotel across the road from Heathrow Airport, on Wednesday, November 7. All ST events are free to attend, whether you’re an installer, security manager, consultant or specifier, or just someone interested in staying up to date with private security. Organisers do ask that you register beforehand, to help gauge numbers for catering. There’s free bacon butties for the early arrivals – doors open around 8.30am – and mid-morning tea and coffee and biscuits; and a hot buffet lunch. The conference runs from 10am until lunchtime.


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