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Evelyn O Toole EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 to Speak at Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards

Winner of the EY Industry Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Evelyn O  Toole of Complete Laboratory Solutions.

Evelyn O Toole, EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 to Speak at Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards

Award-winning entrepreneur Evelyn O Toole, Founder, and CEO of Complete Laboratory Solutions, is the keynote speaker for the Network Ireland Limerick Regional Businesswoman of the Year Awards taking place at the Savoy Hotel on Thursday, May 17. Last year Evelyn was named EY Industry Entrepreneur of the Year and Irish Tatler Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

During her talk, Evelyn will encourage businesswomen to put themselves forward more and share how she overcame the challenges that some might be associated with a rural-based business.



“Women can be very slow to put themselves forward for awards. So I’m delighted we have Evelyn O Toole as our guest speaker as she has also admitted to being reluctant to entering awards and getting the recognition she deserved but now, having done so, can appreciate the opportunities it has created for her and her business,” said Valerie Murphy, President of Network Ireland Limerick.

The Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards, sponsored by LEO Limerick and AIB, will be hotly contested by 18 businesswomen across 5 categories this year.  Representing a broad range of businesses, the contenders will find out their fate at a special awards evening at the Savoy Hotel, Limerick.

The winners of each award category will then go on to compete at the Network Ireland National Business Awards which will be announced at a black-tie gala ceremony in September in the Radisson Hotel, Galway.

The 5 categories include; Best Emerging Businesswoman, Best Employee, Best SME, Best Culture and Best Use of Digital – a new category which was added this year.

Speaking about the upcoming regional awards, Valerie Murphy said, “We are delighted with the response we’ve had to this year’s awards. We had the highest number of applications ever which reflects our increasing membership and how well businesses are doing right now. These awards offer a fantastic opportunity for Limerick women to gain recognition for their entrepreneurial and professional achievements. We’re looking forward to celebrating their many successes at the awards ceremony.”

The finalists of the Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards for 2018 are:

Emerging New Business

  1. Cori Calvert, Glas Eireann
  2. Andrea Moran, Andrea Moran Wig Clinic
  3. Dr. Margie Lynch, Aesthetic Physician
  4. Claire Bannon, Indigo Visual

Employee Category

  1. Emma Wilson, Azpiral
  2. Elaine Ryan, The Clayton
  3. Aoife O’Hanlon, Westrock
  4. Cate O’Connor, French Table


  1. Caroline Dunlea, Core Optimisation
  2. Marian Dineen, Think Retail
  3. Fiona Doyle, Glamour Agency
  4. Claire Bannon, Avokado & Co
  5. Catherine Fitzgerald, Complete Laser Care
  6. Moira Geary, The Recombobulator


  1. Roseanne McDonnell, Art Summit
  2. Una Heaton, Frank McCourt Museum
  3. Yvonne Locke, Artist

Best Digital Use

  1. Core Optimisation (Caroline Dunlea)
  2. Get West (Catriona O’Donoghue)
  3. Escape Rooms (Kaitlyn Cinnamond)


The event takes place on Thursday, May 17 at Savoy Hotel, Limerick and begins at 7 pm with a wine and canapé reception,  followed by guest speaker and awards presentation. The dress code is ‘dressy but not black tie. This event is free to Members & Guests. Pre-Booking via Eventbrite or is essential to secure your place.


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