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Finalists announced for Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018

The Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018 competition shall be held in the Savoy Hotel representing women across 5 categories of business.

Finalists announced for Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018

The Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018, 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 on Thursday 17 May 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.

The Finalists for the Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018 are:

Emerging/New Businesswoman: Cori Calvert, Glas Eireann, Andrea Moran, Andrea Moran Wig Clinic, Dr Margie Lynch, Aesthetic Physician and Claire Bannon, Indigo Visual.

Employee: Emma Wilson, Azpiral, Elaine Ryan, The Clayton, Aoife O’Hanlon, Westrock and Cate O’Connor, French Table.

SME: Caroline Dunlea, Core Optimisation, Marian Dineen, Think Retail, Fiona Doyle, Glamour Agency, Claire Bannon, Avokado & Co, Catherine Fitzgerald, Complete Laser Care and Moira Geary, The Recombobulaor.

Arts: Roseanne McDonnell, Art Summit, Una Heaton, Frank McCourt Museum and Yvonne Locke, Artist.

Best Digital Use: Caroline Dunlea, Core Optimisation, Catriona O’Donoghue, Get West and Kaitlyn Cinnamond, Escape Rooms.

Speaking about the upcoming regional awards, Valerie Murphy, President of Network Ireland Limerick 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.”

“Women can be very slow to put themselves forward for such awards. So, I’m delighted so many have this year as 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,” she continued.

Network Ireland Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018 celebrate the excellence, professionalism, vision and leadership of its members. Regional branch winners are put forward to compete at the Network Ireland National Business Awards.  The regional Network Ireland Branch Businesswoman of the Year Awards take place between May and early June at separate events throughout the country.  The Network Ireland National Businesswoman of the Year of the Year Awards will take place at a Gala Ceremony in September in Galway.

Network Ireland Limerick provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the Arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts. It encourages women to achieve more satisfying careers and promotes women as worthy contributors to the Irish economy. Network Ireland Limerick is a branch of Network Ireland, a national organisation driving the personal and professional development of women with over 900 members and 15 branches through the country. 

Network Ireland Limerick holds monthly networking meetings where a guest speaker is invited to educate, inform and entertain on topics of interest to women. Members can develop and pool their individual skills through interaction with other women in a supportive environment which offers, training, mentoring and an opportunity for women who call on other members with specialist expertise for help. It also provides a forum for established women to develop professional and social contacts.

Network Ireland Limerick is sponsored by the Local Enterprise Offices in Limerick.  The Local Enterprise Office is the First Stop Shop for anyone seeking information and support on starting or growing a business in Ireland. 

AIB and Vodafone are partners with Network Ireland and support the Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018 at both a national and regional level.


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