For the first time ever, the Nasdaq opening bell was rung in Ireland.
This was Taoiseach Enda Kenny doing the deed at the Web Summit in Dublin’s RDS this lunchtime. To the left (in blue t-shirt) is Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave, whose event has grown over the past four years to become Europe’s largest tech convention with 10,000 attendees.
Enda got a cool headset:
Bruce Aust from NASDAQ was happy to be there:
Paddy Cosgrave was happy that Bruce was there:
This lot are all very happy:
Images: Web Summit
The Taoiseach also made a stirring speech in which he said that the ringing of the bell was “symbolic of Ireland’s prime position as a hub of digital enterprise and innovation”. He said that the RDS was “full of the energy of Ireland’s young, skilled and passionate people” and that we are “the most open economy in the western world”.
If you wish to read the full text of his speech, click here.