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Network Ireland Limerick celebrates success at Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023



Danielle Markham won the Employee Rising Star Award and Sinead O’Brien was highly commended in her category of Emerging Businesswoman at the Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023.

Network Ireland Limerick celebrates success at this year’s Network Ireland’s Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023

Network Ireland Limerick celebrates success at this year's Network Ireland’s Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023
Danielle Markham of EisnerAmper Ireland was named Employee Rising Star at Network Ireland’s Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023. Pic: Jill O’Meara

Limerick’s Danielle Markham, EisnerAmper and Sinead O’Brien, Vacious by Sinead had much to celebrate at Network Ireland’s Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023 on Friday night. They were both representing Network Ireland Limerick at the national awards.

Danielle won the Employee Rising Star Award and Sinead O’Brien was highly commended in her category of Emerging Businesswoman.

The results were announced at the organisation’s annual Businesswoman of the Year Awards at Lawlor’s Hotel, Nass, Co. Kildare on Friday night, 29th September.  350 guests attended the gala ceremony which was hosted by businessman and social entrepreneur Aubrey McCarthy.


The National Business Networking Group, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, received an overwhelming response to the awards this year with 370 applications from members of all its branches.

The winners of the eight categories were; Donna Reilly, Donna Reilly People & Wellness,     Dublin for Emerging Businesswoman; Katie Mugan, Nursing Mama, Kildare, for Solo Businesswoman; Róisín Leacy, Eikon Beauty, Wexford, Established Businesswoman; Heidi Higgins, Fashion Designer, Tipperary, for Creative Professional.

Susan Dunlea, DePuy Synthes, Cork, won the STEM Professional category; Danielle Markham, EisnerAmper Ireland, Limerick, for Employee Rising Star; and Aisling O’Connor, Dooley Insurances, Kildare won for Employee Shining Star.

Networker of the Year, a new award to mark the 40th anniversary of Network Ireland, was won by Helen Wycherley, Celtic Ross Hotel, Cork

The awards ceremony followed Network Ireland’s annual conference which was hosted by film producer, entrepreneur, human rights campaigner and former Dragon’s Den judge Norah Casey.  Norah was honoured with the Trisha Murphy Memorial Award on the night.

National President of Network Ireland Emma Early Murphy said; “I would like to congratulate the eight winners who are an inspiration to so many women around the country.  The competition this year was really strong and it was a difficult decision for the judges to make.  I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to all our members who took the time to apply for the Businesswoman of the Year Awards this year.  We were blown away by the response and it’s a great reflection on where the organisation is, 40 years after being established.  Our theme this year is about celebrating success and I have met some really great business women this year who are doing tremendous things and it has been a great opportunity to celebrate with them at our flagship event.  I’d also like to thank all our sponsors who helped to make the conference and awards ceremony such a memorable occasion.”

Network Ireland Limerick were delighted to see 7 candidates put forward for the National awards this year.

New members of Network Ireland Limerick are always welcome. Their next event is a Networking Masterclass on 10 October at the Absolute Hotel. Women in business from across the region are invited to attend.  

The masterclass will be delivered by Networking Architect Jean Evans, who will share her tips, ideas, strategies and tactics to help others increase their confidence, their self belief, their business prowess through learning the value, the benefits and the wins from networking. 

The Masterclass will conclude with a speed networking session for all members to get to know each other and find synergies and opportunities.  

Karen Ronan, President of Network Ireland Limerick, said, “Networking is an essential part of doing business, but for some it can be daunting, for others, ineffective.  Through this session, attendees will learn how to network more confidently and effectively while getting lots of practical experience on the night. It should be a win-win for everyone.”  

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