Finalists for the 2nd Irish Women’s Awards 2020 are revealed

The 2nd Irish Women’s Awards 2020 will recognise and celebrate female talent across the length of Ireland. The event will honour women power-houses and organisations with influential and hardworking women making a change in industries. The public have nominated worthy women and finalists have now been shortlisted.

The event is taking place at the Blanchardstown Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin on 29th January 2020.

The Irish Women’s Awards honour the amazing breadth of talent and the hard work of female professionals and entrepreneurs across the country. The Awards celebrate the achievements of female entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and many others that make Ireland a great and more equal place to live and work.

Creative Oceanic has delivered award ceremonies for nearly a decade in cities around the world, including Belfast, Dublin, Toronto, London, Glasgow, Cardiff, Manchester Leicester, Birmingham and recently in New York. Creative Oceanic campaigns have awarded people in the hospitality, food, hair & beauty, SME business, independent retail and women’s sectors.

Irfan Younis CEO of Creative Oceanic said: “We’re delighted to bring the Women’s Award campaign back to Ireland for the second time. The awards will celebrate the most dedicated, hard-working and successful women across Ireland and recognise those who are pushing boundaries and showing the world that there is no limit to the things women can achieve. We wish all finalists the best of luck.”

The finalists for the Irish Women’s Awards are:

Contribution to Arts & Culture

Maureen Kennelly (Poetry Ireland, Dublin)

Mary McCarthy (Crawford Art Gallery, Cork)

Helen Carroll (Business to Arts, Dublin)

Martina Moloney (The Arts Council Ireland, Dublin)

Niamh NicGhabhann (University of Limerick, Limerick)

Emily Mark-FitzGerald (University College Dublin, Dublin)

Catriona Crowe (Irish Theatre Institute, Dublin)

Aideen Howard (The Ark, Dublin)

Niamh O’Sullivan (Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Dublin)

Mary McCarthy (Crawford Art Gallery, Cork)

 

Services to Accounting & Finance

Olivia Lynch (KPMG, Dublin)

Marie Joyce (NTR, Dublin)

Roseann Heavy (Noone Casey, Dublin)

Gail Ellis (Roberts Nathan Accountants, Cork)

Jennifer Kelly (EisnerAmper Ireland , Dublin)

Kate Mullahy (Ormsby & Rhodes, Dublin)

Geraldine Corcaran (HLB Ryan, Dublin)

Catherine Corcoran (RSM, Dublin)

Mairéad Divilly (Mazars, Dublin)

Colette Nagle (Crowleys DFK , Dublin)

 

Business Woman of the Year

Marian O’Gorman (Kilkenny Group, Killarney)

Lisa & Vanessa Creaven (Spotlight Oral Care, Galway)

Leonora O’Brien (Pharmapod, Dublin)

Peaches and Domini Kemp (Alchemy Juice Co, Kildare)

Oonagh O’Hagan (Meaghers Pharmacy Group, Dublin)

Edel Doherty (Beyond Business Travel, Dublin)

Tracey O’Rourke (Vivid Edge, Dublin)

Linda Kiely (Voxpro, Cork)

Marissa Carter (Cocoa Brown Tanning, Dublin)

Lorraine Corcoran (Cosmetic Creations, Mayo)

 

Business of the Year

TestReach (Louella Morton and Sheena Bailey, Dublin)

Keelings (Caroline Keeling, Dublin)

Nuritas (Nora Khaldi, Dublin)

East Coast Bakehouse (Alison Cowzer, Drogheda)

Payslip (Fidelma McGuirk, Westport)

Madme Technologies (Triona Mullane, Dublin)

Cara Group (Ramona Nicholas, Dublin)

Critical Healthcare Limited (Anne Cusack, Kilbeggan)

MIAS Pharma (Ann McGee, Dublin)

TransferMate Global Payments (Sinead Fitzmaurice, Dublin)

Gourmet Food Parlour (Lorraine Heskin, Dublin)

 

Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year

Jo Browne (Jo Browne Ireland, Hacketstown)

Sonia Deasy (Pestle & Mortar, Dublin)

Nicola Connolly (Nunaïa, Dublin)

Nora Irwin (ARONA, Cork)

Thérèse O’Leary and Susan O’Neill (Blinks n Brows ID Brow Kit, Cork)
Peigín Crowley (Moss of the Isles, Cork)

Elaine Kennedy (Hawthorn Handmade Skincare,  Mayo)

Libby Murray (Elysian Brows, Dublin)

Claire Williams (Meadows Skincare, Wicklow)

 

Business Woman of the Year (less than 50 staff)

Fiona Heaney (Fee G fashion Brand, Dublin)

Sharon Griffin (Frog Prince and Griffin & Grey, Dublin)

Rowena Quinn (Hunters Estate Agents, Dublin)

Eimer Hannon (Hannon Travel, Navan)

Laurie Mannix (MKC Communications, Dublin)

Suzanne Moloney (HidraMed Solutions, Galway)

Joanne Costello (Xmedia, Delgany)

Emma Smith (FX Makeup Academy, Dublin)

Niamh Sterling (Recipe Guru, Dublin)

Siobhan Berry (Mummy Cooks, Dublin)

 

Business of the Year (less than 50 staff)

Emu Ink Publishing (Emer Cleary, Dublin)

Aquarius Productions (Kathryn Thomas, )

Conker (Orla Veale, Dublin)

Audrey Gaffney and Associates (Audrey Gaffney, Trim)

Shorla Pharma (Orlaith Ryan and Sharon Cunningham, Tipperary)

WellFest (Helena Ryan, Dublin)

McClure Consultants (Suzanne McClure and Laura Brock, Dublin)

Grafton Architects (Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Dublin)

The Pudding (Gillian Horan, Dublin)

Monroe Recruitment Ltd (Grace McGrane and Yvie O’Toole)

 

Corporate Leader of the Year

Fiona Gallagher (Wells Fargo, Dublin)

Áine Collins (EFM Ireland, Dublin)

Aisling Keegan (Dell Technologies Ireland, Dublin)

Aisling Dodgson (Investec Bank plc, Dublin)

Lorna Martyn (Fidelity Investments, Dublin)

Sinead McSweeney (Twitter Ireland, Dublin)

Jeanne Kelly (LK Shields, Dublin)

Sarah Ward (CBRE, Dublin)

Nella Goodarzi (Barclays Bank Ireland, Dublin)

Kate Butler (Bank of Ireland, Dublin)

 

Contribution to Civil Service

Claire Loftus (Director of Public Prosecutions, Dublin)

Berni Smyth (Irish Refugee Council, Dublin)

Frances Byrne (Early Childhood Ireland, Tallanght)

Elaine Cassidy (Ombudsman Ireland, Dublin)

Patricia Liddy (Cork County Council, Cork)

AnnMarie Farrelly (Fingal County Council, Dublin)

Eileen Ruane (Galway County Council, Galway)

Orla McPartlin (An Garda Síochána, Dublin)

 

Creative Industries Leader of the Year

Courtney Mcdonnell (Courtney McDonnell Studio, Dublin)

Áine Kerr (Kinzen, Dublin)

Lynn Lambe (Little Lambe Consultancy, Dublin)

Caroline Dunlea (Core Optimisation, Shannon)

Carol-Anne Leyden (CA Design, Portobello)

Gillian Blaney Shorte (Artzone, Rathfarnham)

Caroline Heywood (Walsh PR, Dublin)

Edel Regan (Edel Regan Architects, Cork)

Joanne Byrne and Sinead Ryan (Presence, Dublin)

Wilson Hartnell (Wilson Hartnell,  )

 

Services to Charity / Third Sector

Sharon O’ Halloran (Safe Ireland, Athlone)

Kerry Anthony (Inspire, Dundalk)

Barbara O’Connell (Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Dublin)

Caoimhe de Barra (Trócaire, Maynooth)

Sinead Price (Focus Ireland, Dublin)

Dee Ahearn (Barretstown, Kildare)

Anne Cleary (Aidlink, Dublin)

Lucy Masterson (Irish Youth Foundation, Dublin)

Liz Waters (An Cosán VCC, Dublin)

 

Food Entrepreneur of the Year

Krissy Gibson (Take the Cake, Dublin)

Darina Allen (Ballymaloe Cookery School, Cork)

Iseult Ward and Aoibheann O’Brien (FoodCloud, Dublin)

Norma Dinneen (Bó Rua Farm cheese, Cork)

Loretta Kennedy (MamaBear Foods, Cork)

Mary Corrigan (Noo Chocolates, Mayo)

Tara Zuluaga Dorgan (Gut.Instinct, Cork)

 

CEO of the Year

Mary Considine (Shannon Group, Shannon)

Sarah Benson (Women’s Aid, Dublin)

Désirée Finnegan (Screen Ireland, Galway)

Rosemary Keogh (Irish Wheelchair Association, Dublin)

Karen Hennessy ( Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Dublin)

Niamh Muldoon (Veterinary Council of Ireland, Dublin)

Sarah Jane O’Dwyer (AnyMan Ireland, Co. Meath)

Mary Cunningham (National Youth Council of Ireland, Dublin)

Geraldine King (National Recruitment Federation, Dublin)

Liz Hughes (Charities Institute Ireland, Dublin)

 

Entrepreneur of the Year

Jessica Conlon (Twigs, Dublin)

Patricia Scanlon (SoapBox Labs, Dublin)

Anita Finnegan (Nova Leah, Dundalk)

Sorcha O’Grady (TruckScience, Westport)

Chupi Sweetman-Durney (Chupi, Dublin)

Rosanne Longmore (Coroflo, Dublin)

Claire McHugh (Axonista, Dublin)

Brenda Romero (Romero Games, Galway)

Ciara Donlon (THEYA Healthcare, Dublin)

 

Services to Education

Ursula Kilkelly (Univercity College Cork, Cork)

Fiona Buckley (University College Cork, Cork)

Maura Conway (DCU’s School of Law and Government, Dublin)

Thérèse Fahy (Royal Irish Academy of Music, Dublin)

Orla Hegarty (University College Dublin, Dublin)

Kath Browne (University College Dublin, Dublin)

 

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Evelyn Garland (Simply Fit Food, County Louth)

Edel Browne (Free Feet Medical, Galway)

Irene Villafane (Calt Dynamics,  Wicklow)

Onagh O’Driscoll (Platinum Hair Extensions, Dublin)

Orla Stafford (Izmoo Gelato, Drogheda)

Carla Mooney (Cardel Entertainment , Offaly)

Diane Cooper (True Fitness, Laois)

Caroline Thompson (Riverside spa, Cavan)

Elizabeth McGloughlin (Tympany Medical , Galway)

Manal Mukhtar and Ellen Le Bas (MLN, Dublin)

 

Family Run Business of the Year

Jando (Julie and Owen McLoughlin, Dublin)

Harte Outdoor Lighting (Liz Harte, New Ross)

Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock (Anna Doyle, Kilcoole)

Éirim (Rebecca Good and Kate James, Dublin)

The Burren Perfumery (Sadie Chowen, Carron)

Hanna Hats of Donegal (Amanda Jane, John and Eleanor Hanna, Donegal)

Celtic Adventures (Nikki Reddy, Louth)

Juvi Designs (Julie Danz, Dublin)

The Celtic Ross Hotel (Claire, Cork)

P&G Cards Ltd (Pauline Naughton, Roscommon)

 

Services to Law

Aisling Gannon (Eversheds Sutherland, Dublin)

Tara O’Reilly (Arthur Cox, Dublin)

Anne-Marie Bohan (Matheson’s , Dublin)

Mary Brassil (McCann FitzGerald, Dublin)

Jennifer Cashman (Ronan Daly Jermyn, Cork)

Amelia O’Beirne (A&L Goodbody, Dublin)

Melanie Crowley (Mason Hayes & Curran, Dublin)

Barbara Kenny (William Fry, Dublin)

Susan Battye (Walkers Global, Dublin)

Jeanne Kelly (LK Shields, Dublin)

 

Services to Medicine

Cliona Loughnane (National Women’s Council of Ireland, Dublin)

Mary McCarron (Trinity College, Dublin)

Laoise McNamara (NUI Galway, Galway)

Hannah McGee (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences RCSI, Dublin)

Mary Favier (Start Ireland, Dublin)

 

 Digital Business of the Year

Henparty.ie.( Kate Hyde, Co. Waterford)

Abodoo (Vanessa Tierney, Dublin)

Go Digicard (Wendy Stunt, Dublin)

Clinishift (Aimée Madden, Dublin)

Wedding Dates (Ciara Crossan, Cork)

Get the Shifts (Hannah Wrixon, Shannon)

WarDucks (Nikki Lannen, Dublin)

TheHen.ie (Catherine Kiveney, Galway)

 

 

Best Professional in Business

Sonia Neary (physiolinked, Dublin)

Aisling Teillard (Tandem HR Solutions, Dublin)

Ciara Clancy (Beats Medical, Dublin)

Fiona Doohan (E-Seed Crop Technology Solutions, Dublin)

Michelle Lynch (Power of The Hearing Clinic, Dublin)

Sinead Bleiel (AnaBio Technologies, Dublin)

Liz McGloughlin (Tympany Medica, Galway)

 

Rising Star of the Year

Helen Coughlan (Meadows & Byrne, Cork)

Noelle Long (Maxi Zoo Ireland, Dublin)

Caroline McClafferty (AbbVie, Dublin)

Caitriona O’Kennedy (IDA Ireland, Dublin)

Aine O’Connor (Laya healthcare, Cork)

Simone Macleod-Nairn (Irish Life Group, Dublin)

Melanie Byrne (Expleo Ireland, Dublin)

Ciara Tobin (Mercer, Dublin)

Laura Devoy (Goodbody Stockbrokers, Dublin)

 

Independent Retail Business of the Year

Lilly’s Pharmacy and Health Store (Ola El Garawany and  Sally El Banna, Ratoath)

Fishers of Newtownmountkennedy (Becci Harrison, Wicklow)

Yourells Hair Group (Carol Joyce & Anna Hosty, Galway)

Margaret O’Rourke (MoMuse, Dublin)

The Squad Gym (Kate Parfrey and Josie McCarthy, Cork)

Sheena’s Boutique (Sheena McCarthy, Cork)

Auctioneera (Helen O’Keeffe, Dublin)

VanityX Makeup Academy (Robyn Corr, Dublin)

Cobwebs Galway (Phyllis McNamara, Galway)

Pretty Woman Boutique (Anne Tarpey McNally, Wicklow)

 

Services to Science & Technology

Norah Patten (Project Possum, Dublin)

Niamh Shaw (BlackRock Castle Observatory, Cork)

Jennifer McElwain (Trinity College Dublin, Dublin)

Orla Hardiman (University of Dublin, Dublin)

Deborah McNamara (RCSI Department of Surgery, Dublin)

Denise White (Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin)

 

Services to Sport

Stephanie Cotter (Athletics Ireland, Dublin)

Dee FitzGerald  (MMA Fighter, )

Sene Naoupu (Ireland women’s rugby union, Dublin)

Katie Mullan (Ireland women’s hockey team, Dublin)

Sanita Puspure (Professional Rower, Ballincollig)

Rhasidat Adeleke (Athlete, Dublin)

Niamh Fay (Boxer, Dublin)

Sarah Healy (Blackrock AC, Dublin)

Kate O’Connor (European Under-20 Athletics Championships, )

Nicole Turner (World Para Swimming Championships, Portarlington)

 

Small Business of the Year

Jo Harpur Jewellery (Jo Harpur, )

Springboard PR & Marketing (Susie Horgan,  )

Bean and Goose (Natalie and Karen Keane, Co. Wexford)

Black’s Brewery and Distillery (Maud and Sam Black, Cork)

Aviation Selection Consultants (Margie Burns , Dublin)

Wexford Home Preserves  (Laura Sinnott , Wexford)

KLD (Róisín Lafferty, Dublin)

Machado Men’s Grooming (Síle Headen, Laois)

Orla McAndrew Catering (Orla McAndrew, Cork)

Shirley’s Beauty Clinic (Shirley Feeney, Cork)

 

Woman of the Year

Rosemary Horgan (President of the District Court, Co. Kildare)

Sara Mc Fadden (National Council for the Blind in Ireland, Dublin)

Sinead Burke (Disability rights activist, )

Joanne O’Riordan (Irish Times, Cork)

Suzanne McClean (Rosabel’s Rooms, Dublin)

Sinead Kane (Guinness World Record Holder, Dublin)

Deirdre Featherstone (Strip and Dip, Wicklow)

Caroline Casey (The Valuable 500, Dublin)

Bobbie Hickey (WhoIsBobbie Blog, Dublin)

 

Social Leader of the Year

Sonya Lennon (Dress for Success Dublin, Dublin)

Vicky Brown (Cool Planet, Co. Wicklow)

Lisa Toner (Ettch, Dublin  )

Sophie Cafolla and Vicky O’dwyer  (The Stork Box,   )

Deepa Mann-Kler (Neon, Dublin)

Maeve Delargy (Arthur Cox, Dublin)

Talita Holzer (waytoB, Dublin)

Joanne Hession (The Entrepreneurs Academy, Dublin )

Alex Cooney (CyberSafeIreland, Dublin)

Tara Shine & Madeleine Murray (Change by Degrees, Cork)

 

Managing Director of the Year

Anne-Marie Curran (Drury Porter Novelli, Dublin)

Liz Harte (Harte Outdoor Lighting, Wexford)

Rhona Blake (FleishmanHillard, Dublin)

Nicola O’Neill (Harvest, Dublin)

Amanda Roche-Kelly (Just-Eat Ireland, Dublin)

Barbara McGrath (Brightwater, Dublin)

Hayley Rock (Construction Network Ireland, Dublin)

Louise Campbell (Robert Walters Plc, Dublin)

Catherine Lonergan (eir Ireland, Gallway)

Victoria Brown (Aberdeen Standard Investments Ireland, Dublin)

 

Woman of Influence

Niamh Bushnell (TechIreland, Dublin)

Paula Cogan (Cork Chamber, Cork)

Jenny Melia (Enterprise Ireland, Dublin)

Paula Fitzsimons (Fitzsimons Consulting (ACORNS initiative), Dublin)

Coral Movaselli (Girls in Tech, Dublin)

Helen Raftery (Junior Achievement Ireland, Dublin)

Cara Augustenborg (President of Ireland Council State, Dublin)

Caroline Spillane (Engineers Ireland, Dublin)

Caroline Shesgreen (Mediaworks Ltd, Dublin)

 

 

Women Support Group of the Year 

National Women’s Council of Ireland (Dublin)

Safe Ireland (Westmeath)

ADAPT Domestic Abuse Services (Limerick)

AIMS Ireland (Dublin)

American Women’s Club of Dublin (Dublin)

The Catherine McAuley Education & Research Centre (Dublin)

COPE Galway (Galway)

i-Smile Ireland (Adaku, Dublin)

Irish Countrywomen’s Association (Dublin)

Longford Women’s Link  (Longford)

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