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Excitement building for women’s awards event

Wednesday, 29th May, 2019 10:10pm

Story by Emma Connolly
Excitement building for women’s awards event

Maeve Buckley, manager, AIB, Skibbereen, with Caroline Murphy of West Cork Eggs, and Ciara Lucy of Network West Cork, at Liss Ard Estate, the awards venue. (Photo: Dermot Sullivan)

NETWORK Ireland West Cork will hold its annual ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ awards event in Liss Ard Estate in Skibbereen this week.

Guest speaker for the event is Anne O’Leary, chief executive officer of Vodafone Ireland. 

The finalists are:

Small SME

Avril Allshire-Howe,
Caherbeg Free Range Pork; Kate Ryan, Flavour.ie; Maria O’Donovan, Maria O’ Donovan & Co; Noelle Madden, Rosscarbery Pharmacy; Sarah Leather, Her Signature Business;  Sheila Munro, Juice Plus.

Emerging New Business

Sharon Huggard, The Style Coach; Anna Groniecka, Anna Groniecka Photography; AnneMarie Kingston, White Sage Home Decluttering; Katy Ann Wareing, OMKO.

Social Enterprise 

Noreen Murphy, Lisheens House; Helen Collins, A Taste of West Cork food festival; Adrienne Harrington, The Ludgate Hub.

Shining Star 

Michelle Hayes, Jacobs Engineering; Katherine O’Sullivan, O’Donnell Design; Elma Connolly, The Ludgate Hub.

Stem                  

Michele Hayes, Jacobs Engineering; Noelle Madden, Rosscarbery Pharmacy; Katy Ann Wareing, OMKO.

In addition, the Rising Star entrants were Tina Darb, Spearline Risk & Compliance, and Katie Hawkins, Celtic Ross Hotel, with Tina winning the regional award overall.

Ciara Lucy, president of Network Ireland West Cork said: ‘My goal this year is to try and instil confidence in our members and what better way than hosting awards for them where they can showcase their talent and businesses on both a local and national level. It’s an added bonus that this year’s national awards final will be held in Rosscarbery in September.’

Both members and non-members are welcome on Friday May 31st  and tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite (NI West Cork - Businesswoman of the Year 2019).