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Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2019 Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2019


UPDATE: Winners of Limerick Businesswoman of the Year to compete in National Business competition

Pictured at the Network Ireland Limerick 2019 Businesswoman of the Year Awards were winners Patricia Roberts, No. 1 Pery Square, Emma Langford, Singer-Songwriter, Hannah Wrixon, Get the Shifts, Petrina Hayes, The Savoy Collection & Olivia Buckley, Olivia Buckley International.
Picture: Brian Arthur.

Winners of Limerick Businesswoman of the Year to compete in National Business competition

Five women based in Limerick companies will compete in this year’s Network Ireland Business Woman of the Year Awards which take place in Cork on September 27.

Hannah Wrixon (Get the Shifts), Olivia Buckley (Olivia Buckley International), Patricia Roberts (No. 1 Pery Square), Emma Langford (Singer/Songwriter) and Petrina Hayes (The Savoy Collection) will be among the women competing for national recognition. Each of them won their respective category at the regional finals in May.


Last week, all finalists participated in interviews hosted at AIB in Molesworth Street, Dublin. The overall winners will be announced on September 27 at a Gala Ball in Celtic Ross Hotel, Cork.

Two Network Ireland Limerick branch members shone through at last year’s national awards with Caroline Dunlea, Core Optimisation winning the Best Use of Digital Award and Rosanne McDonnell, Art Business Summit, highly commended in the Arts category.

Catriona O’Donoghue, President of Network Ireland Limerick, said, “We wish all our finalists the very best of luck at the nationals. The awards provide a great opportunity to recognise their achievements, ambition and professionalism. They are already winners in our eyes for stepping up and putting themselves out there. Fingers crossed for another Limerick title.”

The Regional Awards night, which took place at No.1 Pery Square earlier this year, was opened by special guest speaker Lorraine Heskin, CEO of Gourmet Food Company. During her talk, she encouraged women in business to be brave and work hard.

Speaking at the Regional Awards ceremony, Catriona O’Donoghue, President of Network Ireland Limerick, said, “Network Ireland is all about encouraging each other to be the best we can be. Our awards are a way to highlight everyone’s potential and provide a great opportunity to recognise our member’s achievements, ambition and professionalism. We had 26 inspiring finalists this year which is fantastic. I would like to congratulate them all and wish our 5 regional award winners the very best of luck at the nationals.

“I would like to especially thank the support of our sponsors, LEO Limerick and AIB, and judges Joan O’Dell, Norma Purtill and Dr Michelle O’Dwyer who made this fantastic evening possible.”

Winners of Limerick Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2019:

Emerging Business Award – Hannah Wrixon, Get the Shifts 

Hannah Wrixon is a serial entrepreneur whose latest venture Get the Shifts is disrupting the Hospitality sector one shift at a time. With her eye firmly on innovative software, Hannah is committed to supporting clients through a groundbreaking app and excellence in customer service.

Employee Award – Petrina Hayes, The Savoy Collection

Petrina is Group Marketing Manager for The Savoy collection which includes the 5* Savoy Hotel, Hamptons Bar & Grill, Da Vincenzo, The George Hotel and Alex Findlater & Co. Playing a key role in the continued developments, partnerships and achievements of the Savoy Collection, Petrina is a people person where guests come first.

Arts Award – Emma Langford, Singer-Songwriter

Noted for her vibrant personality and a voice which dances playfully among the nuances of “folk”, Emma Langford’s voice is at once defiant and delicate; her lyrics insightful, yet loaded with wit and whimsy. An Irish, independent, inimitable artist whose star is steadily on the rise.

Small SME Award – Olivia Buckley, Olivia Buckley International

Olivia is founder and MD of Olivia Buckley International who produces and design specialist events in Ireland for a global clientele. Renowned for event production based on excellence, Olivia and her team are sought out to create one-of-a-kind experiences in exclusive venues from private islands, luxury castles and 5-star venues to historical sites and forest settings.

Large SME Award – Patricia Roberts, No.1 Pery Square

Patricia is owner and operator of a unique 20 bedroom townhouse hotel, restaurant and spa in Limerick’s Georgian Quarter. This year, while celebrating 10 years in business, she is overseeing the redevelopment of the ground floor business with a 400k investment in the physical product and service offering.

About the Awards:

Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year Awards celebrates 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 West Cork.

About Network Ireland Limerick:

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 1,000 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.

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