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Dublin Web Summit - Ireland's Bright Spot In A Troubled Economy

Ireland's economy is retrenching from fast growth over the past decade when the "Celtic Tiger" produced one of the richest standards of living.

While there is a lot of doom and gloom in Dublin, the country's high tech sector is booming and the best representation of that health is the Dublin Web Summit, an annual conference held at the Dublin Royal Society (above).

From humble beginnings in a Dublin hotel conference room in 2009, the Web Summit now claims the title of Europe's largest technology conference thanks to the industrious activity of founder Paddy Cosgrave and his team, and the support of Ireland's development agencies.

The 2012 Dublin Web Summit boasts more than 200 speakers from top US and European tech companies, plus more than 3,000 attendees, and more than 150 startups drawn from all over Europe.

The main stage of the Dublin Web Sumitt getting ready for 3,000+ attendees.

Coming up: Ireland's serial entreprenuers - successful founders and flounders...