Three top business women from Galway, Cork and Dublin win Network Ireland Business Women of the Year Awards
Sunday 06 November, 2011
Friday, 21 October, 2011
The Galway founder of the successful travel pack for flyers, an internationally renowned hairdresser from Cork and the Head of Prudential Supervision at the Irish Banking Federation were presented with Network Ireland 2011 Business Women of the Year Awards, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises, today at Dublin Castle.
Ms Julia McAndrew, the founder of Compleat Travel Essentials Packs, the new Galway company that sells to over 4,000 retail and hotel customers, a range of specially prepared packs containing essential toiletries for those flying and travelling throughout the world, won the Network Businesswoman (New Business) of the Year. Ms Valerie Cahill, CEO Ikon Hair Design in Cork, the award winning hair styling company in Cork, won the Network Businesswoman (Self Employed) of the Year and Ms Mary Doyle, Head of Prudential Supervision at the Irish Banking Federation, Dublin won the Network Businesswoman (Employee) of the Year.
The “Trish Murphy Honorary Award” was presented by Network Ireland to the successful business woman, Ms Norma Smurfit, for her tireless commitment and work for a large number of charities. This is the inaugural year of this award in honour of Trish Murphy, a past Network Dublin President who contributed significantly to the organisation and also for charity. Sadly she passed away last year prematurely at the age of 53 from cancer.
Ms Mary Kershaw, President Network Ireland, an organisation representing over 3,000 women in business, said that the theme for this year’s awards was “Local Talent for Global Opportunities”.
“Our members aspire to successfully developing their businesses by providing high quality products and services and raising the profile of their company brands among their target markets. Today’s awards ceremony recognises their achievements. We also recognised the great charity work of Ms Norma Smurfit. She is an inspiration for business women throughout the country,” Mary said.
Celebrity Cruises (1800 932 619), www.celebritycruises.ie, the multi award-winning cruise company sponsored the Network Ireland 2011 Business Woman of the Year Awards ceremony. Jo Rzymowska, Associate Vice President and General Manager, UK and Ireland Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises presented the awards and commented: “Celebrity Cruises is known for enjoyable holidays built around innovation, the highest standards of quality of service and enthusiasm. The members of Network Ireland share these same values and so, Celebrity Cruises is delighted to sponsor this important event,” she said.
Network Ireland encourages women to do business, market their skills and expertise with the support of other members throughout the country. It represents over 3,000 women working in a wide range of industry sectors. Members are recognised as serious contributors to the Irish economy and decision-making bodies. Network Ireland also liaises with national and international organisations as well as key Government and State bodies throughout Europe.
The award winners each received a specially sculpted piece of crystal crafted by the Irish Glass Company, which was founded by glass blowers from the former Waterford Glass company.
If you wish to purchase photos from the Business Awards ceremony, you can purchase them online from photographer Susan Kennedy here.
Celebrity cruises recent awards in Ireland include:
“Best Luxury Cruise Company” - Irish Travel Trade Awards (ITTA)
“Best Luxury Cruise Line” - Irish Travel Agents Association Awards (ITAA)
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NETWORK BUSINESSWOMAN (New Business) OF THE YEAR
Julia McAndrew – Network Galway
Julia McAndrew is a mother and an established business woman which involves a lot of travel. She saw at first hand the need for Compleat Travel Essentials Packs – specially prepared packs that contain essential toiletries for those flying and travelling a lot.
She spent a lot of time sourcing and trying out products before she found the quality of the products she was looking for, for example the wipes are organic & bio-degradable, the deodorant is natural and endorsed by the cancer treatment centre and the shaving cream is for the most sensitive skin, 3 in 1, pre, post and shave, needing no water for the best shave ever. Due to customer feedback she’s now launching a unisex pack and a pack for children.
Now over 4,000 customers worldwide choose Compleat Travel Essential packs to feel fresh and clean no matter where they are. Compleat Travel Essentials Packs are now selling in Hotels, Pharmacies, Hospital Shops, WH Smith and Airport shops. She is already in talks with companies in the UK and the European Airports.
NETWORK BUSINESSWOMAN (Self Employed) OF THE YEAR
Valerie Cahill – Ikon Hair Design in Cork
In 1997 Valerie opened Ikon Hair Design in Cork, on the first floor of 10 Princes Street with three team members. Ikon is now a multi awarding winning salon and the team has grown to thirteen.
Valerie and her husband Decky are looking forward to opening their new salon in Cork in November 2011. She has been involved in the Irish Hairdressing Industry for the last 27 years. She started as an apprentice in Victor Franks in 1984 where she qualified and took up the role as trainer and manager till 1997.
Valerie believes that in an industry that is known for its creativity and flair, it is important to get the balance right between the creative and the business side of things. It is something Valerie and the team have been working on over the past few years.
In 2008/ 2009 Ikon embarked on a 2 year program in London with Alan Austin Smith, The Ambassador / Salon Programme focusing on the team and the business and developing both.
In 2011, Valerie took up the position as The Munster Educator for Joico, doing what she loves most and is incredibly passionate about, teaching the JCut and Colour System. In 2011 she became a member of the Irish Hairdressing Executive Committee.
Valerie Finnegan Cahill juggles motherhood (Finn 11 years & Jack 6 years) and business every day. Valerie is also involved in The Niall Mellon Township Trust Charity; this year (November) will be her third trip to South Africa where she helps to build houses in the townships of Capetown.
NETWORK BUSINESSWOMAN (Employee) OF THE YEAR
Mary Doyle – Irish Banking Federation, Dublin
As Head of Prudential Supervision at the Irish Banking Federation, Mary is responsible for liaising with the industry and relevant parties, to determine policies for the evolving range of Risk and Corporate Governance regulations now impacting on banking. She manages the overall technical work programme for Risk and Governance, both key aspects of current bank regulation, and assists in the development of related sector policy positions.
Her career path on the technical side has always involved being ahead of and part of future developments. Initially as an economist, Mary was always looking for examples of future growth sectors for investment. It also included strategic matters; corporate planning and marketing rules.
She regularly attends local and international conferences, seminars, as well as networking events on such matters. Her most recent positions relate to banking regulations, again a rapidly evolving area, where she is now involved in planning such training events for the banking industry with local and overseas speakers. She interacts with the banking industry on evolving regulations, to achieve a practical, workable regulatory framework within the Irish and EU framework.
Mary is an experienced economist with a broad understanding of business and banking as well as being a media commentator on financial markets. Having been a founding member of Network Dublin she has made a long standing contribution to Network Dublin for over 25 years and believes strongly in the networking concept. She has adapted well to new experiences and challenges, working in the UK, EU, Africa, and primarily Ireland. Throughout all this she uses her networking skills in all aspects of her life. She is Economic Consultant to Nigerian Development Bank for World Bank and was nominated by Network to the Minister for Health for the Board of Health Insurance Authority, a position she held for 10 years.
Ten Network Ireland Branches represent 500 firms nationwide in Dublin, Louth/Meath, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary North, Kildare, Waterford, Galway, Mayo and Clare. The businesswomen nominated for the Network Ireland 2011 Business Woman of the Year Awards include:
Candidates for the Employee Award
- Ms Lynda Murphy, My Waterford
- Ms Eithne Cosgrave, Sales & Marketing Director, Hotel Westport, Mayo
- Ms Mairead O’Brien, Accounts Manager, Nash 19, Cork
- Ms Lorraine Scully, Sherry FitzGerald Kavanagh, Galway
- Ms Maura McMahon, Limerick Chamber of Commerce
- Ms Mary Doyle, Irish Banking Federation, Dublin
Candidates for the Existing Business Award
- Ms Foinagh Ryan, Ryan’s Jewellers, Limerick
- Ms Kathleen Delahan, Patient School of Motoring, Kildare
- Dr Eithne Brenner, The Brenner Clinic and Faceworks, Waterford
- Ms Caroline Gordon, Accountant & Registered Auditor, Mayo
- Ms AnnMarie Walsh, The Tipperary Kitchen, North Tipperary
- Ms Valerie Cahill, MD, IKON Hair Design Cork
- Ms Jenny Beale, Brigit’s Garden, Galway
- Ms Pat Reda, PJ Reda Executive Search & HR Consulting, Dublin
- Ms Ann Marie Horgan, Allpets Veterinery Hospital, Louth
Candidates for the New Business Award
- Ms Martina Ginty, MD Glitz & Glam Ltd, Kildare
- Ms Jennifer Cody Murphy, Beautilicious, Waterford
- Ms Jenny Brennan, Virtual Office Worx, Mayo
- Ms Louisa Condon, The Ant Team, North Tipperary
- Ms Joan Walsh, MD, Partnership Europe, Cork
- Ms Julie McAndrew, Compleat Travel Essentials, Galway
- Ms Juliet O’Connor, The Zip Yard, Dublin
- Ms Dorothy Walsh, Dorothy J Walsh, & Co Solicitors, Co. Louth
- Ms Anne Maria Moore, Beech Lodge Care Facility & Retirement Village, Limerick
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