Perhaps best-known for his stardom in the Leinster Rugby arena, Eoin O'Malley raised the bar in Portugal's hospitality industry in 2022 with his new venue, the Bold Octopus proving a huge hit with locals and the D4 set alike. According to, Eoin is part of The Loyola Group along with his business partner and brother, Brian. Add group director Stephen Cooney to the mix and the trio are the toast of the coast, earning a reputation as serious pub players not just in Portugal but also back home.

Previous to that, reported that, the Loyola Group "acquired their first pub in Portugal, The Cheeky Pup, back in 2015. Other pubs in their Algarve portfolio include Tony's Pub and Botanico."

Join this fascinating conversation about Eoin's sporting career and what he has learned and taken to go into business. His transition from a successful Rugby career to a successful business career in hospitality with his Loyola Group. The conversation will run for 20 to 30 minutes, followed by a Q&A, moderated by IPBN member Mark McSorley, Hotel and Residences General Manager at Quinta do Lago.

This will be a great opportunity to hear a discussion between two experts in hospitality from Ireland who are doing business in the Algarve.

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The event is open to members and non-members and is free of charge. To register for this event click here.

Start Date: 9:30am, 21st November 2023

End Date: 11:00am, 21st November 2023

Location: The Cheeky Pup, Quinta Shopping, 8135-024 Almancil,