Derek Mahon takes on Mount Kilimanjaro and The Panel will be there with him

In May 2014 Derek Mahon and his fellow climber Noel Hanna reached the summit of Mount Everest, a long time goal for both Irish men.

On July 27th 2017, Derek takes to his 3rd summit of “The 7 Summits” challenge – Mount Kilimanjaro and we here at The Panel are pleased to announce that we will be right there with him.


Facts about Mount Kilimanjaro (*MJ)

MJ is located in Tanzania and situated 200 miles and 3 degrees south of the equator and is Africa’s highest mountain standing at 5,895 meters / 19,341 feet.

The first recorded successful summit was by Hans Meyer in 1889. To date the summit success rate is 60% with less than 40 deaths recorder officially since 1996.

The climb itself covers a range of climates and terrain from rainforest, heath zone, moorland, alpine desert and glacier to the summit. So expect heat, humidity, rain and hail showers and snow.

About Derek Mahon

Derek has been involved with financial markets and currently works as a Financial Advisor at Tara Financial Partners. He is an avid sports man and a keen mountaineer having summited many local and international mountains which lead to an unbelievable achievement in the summiting of Mount Everest in 2014, especially since Derek only started climbing less than 3 years previous!

Since then he has been planning, in his own words “his next real challenge – summiting the 7 highest summits on the world’s 7 continents!!

On Thursday 27th July Derek departs to climb Kilimanjaro and all of us here at The Panel wish him every success and will continue our support and look forward seeing ‘’The Panel’’ flag fly high with Derek on one of the world’s highest peaks.

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If you wish to support Derek and donate to his chosen charity GROW, click here.

Article in the Independent Newspaper Wednesday 26th July 2017.


Join The Panel Fantasy Football League for 2017/2018

The Panel Fantasy Football competition for 2017/2018 is open for business! It’s a fun competition for those of you interested in Premiership football with monthly prizes and one Manager will be crowned The Panel Fantasy Football Manager of the Year.

If you are looking to join The Panel league for the first time, please follow instructions below.

To enter, please follow these simple steps:

Go to and set up your team.

> Click on The Leagues tab
> Click on Join a League
> Choose the Private League option
> Type this number 295816-73082​ into the free text box and click Join Private League.

Guideline for previous managers  who have played in our league:

> Login at

> If you have an existing account enter your email and password.

> You will then be asked to update your personal details, favourites & email preferences.

> Once you have completed this you will be brought to your account page.

> Click on Fantasy Premier League.

> You will then be asked to pick your team and enter your squad.

If you have previously entered a team into our league ( you will automatically join our league. You can see confirmation of this on the right hand side of the screen under Classic Leagues.

To qualify for the prizes you must email your team name in the subject line to [email protected]. If your team name isn’t on our records you will not be eligible for prizes.


Monthly prize of €100 All4One voucher for the monthly winner.

Overall winners: First prize – €500, second place – €250, third place €100. 

Some important information:

  1. We will remove teams from the league who haven’t confirmed their registration to [email protected].
  2. If more than one person is eligible for a prize, the prize will be shared pro rata.
  3. Feel free to pass on this mail to anyone who may have an interest in joining, just ensure they email us their team name to qualify for prizes.
  4. The league starts on Friday, August 11th.
  5. We will accept entries until Thursday August 31st at 9am. (NOW CLOSED)
  6. The monthly and overall winners will be dependent entirely on the drop down menus. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. Teams with offensive names will be removed.

NOTE: Entry deadline has now closed. We of course never turn anyone away that wish to register to our league, but please note that if we do not have your email address on file you may not be eligible for our monthly or overall prizes when announced.


The American Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Lunch 2017


The Panel is looking forward to attending the annual American Chamber of Commerce’s Independence Day Lunch on Tuesday 4th July 2017 at the Clayton Hotel, Dublin 4.

This annual event offers a great opportunity for senior representatives from the Irish business community to come together and network. This years’ event is sponsored by AIB.

Hosting a table at this event will be Anne Keys (Managing Partner, Funds & Finance), Paul McArdle (Managing Partner), Alan Bluett (Partner, Banking & Treasury) and Sarah Kelly (Partner, Legal & HR).

For more information on The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland click HERE.