The finalists of the Limerick businesswoman of the year awards have been announced. The 22 finalists of the Network Ireland Limerick Annual Businesswoman of the Year Awards will find out their fate at a special awards evening on 19th May. Sponsored by LEO Limerick and AIB, the awards celebrate the excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of its members. Similar to last year, the virtual ceremony will be broadcast from Hippo Sound & Lighting’s Virtual studio in Limerick.
The businesswomen contesting the awards represent a broad range of businesses and their entries are spread across seven categories: Emerging New Business, Solo Businesswoman, Established Business, Rising Star Employee, Creative Professional, Shining Star Employee and the ‘Power Within’ Champion.
The winners of each award category will go on to compete at the Network Ireland National Businesswoman of the Year Awards which will be announced on 8th October from the WIT Arena, Waterford. This event will also combine live, on-stage and streaming elements. Several Limerick branch members have been successful in the past and include Hannah Wrixon, Get the Shifts, who took home a national award in 2019 and Caroline Dunlea of Core Optimisation in 2018.
Speaking about the upcoming awards, Caragh O’Shea, President of Network Ireland Limerick said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to, not only celebrate our members’ vision and achievements, but to also acknowledge their strength, courage and leadership. They are an inspiration to us all in how they have stepped up, seized opportunities and pushed on despite an extremely challenging environment and tumultuous year. I wish they could all be winners!nWe’re looking forward to celebrating their success and making it a very special evening despite going virtual.”
Special guest speaker at the Limerick awards night will be Maria Walsh MEP, an active advocate and campaigner for diversity and social inclusion for many years.
The finalists of the Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards for 2021 are:
- Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre
- Judy Moloney, Brave Heart Therapy
- Fiona Brennan, Inspire Action Success
- Ciara McGuane, Rahoo
Emerging New Business (This category is being judged at a regional level)
- Lisa Moloney / Fiona Hayes, Thinkhackers.com
- Mary Keogh, Mimi+Martha
- Ber Collins, Crystal Clear Springs Enterprise
- Eimear McManus, Digital Works Agency
- Jacqui Murphy, Educogym
Rising Star (Employee)
- Aisling Finn, Jaguar
- Susan Peña, Villiers School
- Corina Hanrahan, Limerick City Council
- Ashling McGrory, Humanli
- Chloe Markham, Chloe Markham Stylist
- Nell Stritch, Pressed Flowers by Nell
- Charanjeet Marwha, Kaya Beauty & Brow Bar
- Jean Tierney, Millennium Business Solutions
- Lyndsey Hall, Piquant Media
- Danielle Devaney, Shannon Regional Conference & Sports Bureau
All of the above PLUS
- Lorna Horgan
- Olivia O’Sullivan, Olivia O’Sullivan ltd
- Irene Milton, Eventbrite
Members and family and friends of the finalists are invited to attend the awards ceremony via zoom. Pre-booking is required via eventbrite or by emailing Limerick@networkireland.ie.
Date: Wednesday 19 May
Time: 7.15pm for 7.30pm start
Fee: This event is free to members and guests, but donations are welcome which will go directly to charity partner Cliona’s Foundation.