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

Inspiring women were awarded at a glamorous event celebrating Irish female success. It took place at the Blanchardstown Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin on 29th January 2020.

The Awards honoured the talent and hard work of female professionals and entrepreneurs across the region. It celebrated the achievements of women entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and others that make Ireland a great and more equal place to live and work.

Creative Oceanic has delivered award ceremonies for a decade in cities across the world and launched recently in New York. Campaigns include the Irish Wedding Awards, the Food Awards Ireland and the Irish Hair and Beauty Awards. The Women’s Awards currently take place in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Dublin and Belfast.

CEO Irfan Younis said: “Congratulations to all winners and finalists at the 2nd Irish Women’s Awards 2020. We were delighted to host exceptional finalists who make brilliant role models and are leading a new generation of women and girls to greater success and more open doors. We look forward to growing this campaign and are excited to see it how it evolves over coming years.”

With 32 awards presented on the night, the winners are as follows:


Contribution to Arts & Culture: Niamh O’Sullivan – Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (Dublin)


Services to Accounting & Finance: Mairéad Divilly – Mazars (Dublin)


Business Woman of the Year: Leonora O’Brien – Pharmapod (Dublin)


Business of the Year: TestReach (Dublin)


Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year: Libby Murray – Elysian Brows (Dublin)


Business Woman of the Year (less than 50 staff): Fiona Heaney Fee G fashion Brand (Dublin)


Business of the Year (less than 50 staff):  Monroe Recruitment Ltd (Dublin)


Corporate Leader of the Year: Jeanne Kelly – LK Shields Solicitors (Dublin)


Contribution to Civil Service: Berni Smyth – Irish Refugee Council (Dublin)


Creative Industries Leader of the Year: Gillian Blaney Shorte – Artzone (Rathfarnham)


Services to Charity / Third Sector: Caoimhe de Barra – Trócaire (Maynooth)


Food Entrepreneur of the Year: Krissy Gibson – Take the Cake (Dublin)


CEO of the Year: Niamh Muldoon – Veterinary Council of Ireland (Dublin)


Entrepreneur of the Year: Ciara Donlon – THEYA Healthcare (Dublin)


Services to Education: Orla Hegarty – University College Dublin (Dublin)


Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Onagh O’Driscoll/Shane Somers – Platinum Human Hair Limited (Dublin)


Family Run Business of the Year: Éirim (Dublin)


Services to Law: Barbara Kenny – William Fry (Dublin)


Services to Medicine: Mary Favier – Start Ireland (Dublin)


Digital Business of the Year: Go Digicard (Dublin)


Best Professional in Business: Michelle Lynch Power – The Hearing Clinic (Wicklow)


Rising Star of the Year: Noelle Long – Maxi Zoo Ireland (Cork)


Independent Retail Business of the Year:  Lilly’s Pharmacy and Health Store (Ratoath)


Services to Science & Technology: Orla Hardiman – Trinity College of Dublin (Dublin)


Services to Sport: Stephanie Cotter – Athletics Ireland (Dublin)


Small Business of the Year: Jo Harpur Jewellery (Dublin)


Woman of the Year: Suzanne McClean – Rosabel’s Rooms (Galway)


Social Leader of the Year: Lisa Toner – Ettch (Dublin)


Managing Director of the Year: Catherine Lonergan – Eir Ireland – (Dublin)


Woman of Influence: Cara Augustenborg – President of Ireland Council State (Dublin)


Women Support Group of the Year: i-Smile Ireland (Dublin)


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