Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

THE king of the dragons, Gavin Duffy, was left more than a lit­tle shocked and sur­prised when he was called for­ward to ac­cept the Life­time Achieve­ment award at last Satur­day’s Busi­ness Awards.

Best known for his role as one of the busi­ness men­tors and in­vestors on all seven sea­sons of RTE’s Dragons’ Den, Gavin Duffy’s true vo­ca­tion is train­ing and coach­ing. Through his core busi­ness, Me­di­a­train­, based at the Kil­shar­van Lead­er­ship Cen­tre near Ju­lianstown, Gavin has men­tored and de­vel­oped thou­sands of se­nior ex­ec­u­tives to achieve ex­cel­lence. There have been one or two Taoisigh and Pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates in the mix there too!

Gavin started his en­tre­pre­neur­ial ca­reer in me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the young age of 18, when he set up Boy­ne­side Ra­dio, em­ploy­ing 16 peo­ple. There were times when the trans­mit­ter was hid­den above the fam­ily pub, The Gem on West Street, which later be­came The Weavers.

Gavin pre­sented RTE’s first ever tele­vi­sion busi­ness pro­gramme, Mar­ket­place, and be­came a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor on the Morn­ing Ire­land ra­dio pro­gramme. He also worked at Carr Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at this time.

In 1989 he re­turned to his home town to lead the con­sor­tium which won the fran­chise and founded LMFM, which has be­come one of the most con­sis­tently per­form­ing lo­cal ra­dio sta­tions in the coun­try.

Thanks to that vi­sion, many cur­rent no­ta­bles in me­dia got their broad­cast­ing start at LMFM, among them RTE’s Paul Maguire; TV3’s Ian Noc­tor; UTV’s Ali­son Comyn; To­day FM’s Philip Caw­ley; Brian Furey of the Broad­cast­ing Author­ity, and many more. In­cluded in that list is Gavin’s own wife and busi­ness part­ner, au­thor and broad­caster Or­laith Car­mody.

Gavin has con­tin­ued through­out his ca­reer to put the North East on the map at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, and has qui­etly sup­ported and men­tored hun­dreds of start-ups in the re­gion, shar­ing gen­er­ously with them his en­tre­pre­neur­ial flair.

He is an ac­tive sup­porter of En­ter­prise Towns, So­cial En­trepreneurs Ire­land and the Drink Aware­ness Group; and he is Chair­per­son of the Biz Ac­tion Group. He also carves out time each month to sup­port schools, lo­cal char­i­ties and causes, among them Able­vi­sion Ire­land, the Louth Age Friendly ini­tia­tive and the High­lanes Gallery. He has been the main pa­tron and sup­porter of the Drogheda Clas­si­cal Mu­sic Se­ries since its foun­da­tion three years ago.

His main pas­sion, out­side of work, is his fam­ily, Lor­can, Cor­mac, Cathal and Ais­linn, aw­ith whom he spends as much of his spare time as pos­si­ble.

He has also been ac­tive for many years in the world of the sport horse, and lead the very suc­cess­ful RISE cam­paign (Ru­ral Ire­land Says Enough) a num­ber of years ago.

Louisa Ma­her Re­ceives the Em­pow­er­ing Women Award for MOR So­lu­tions from Gerry Ley­don of Coca Cola. Right: Ais­ling Hef­fer­nan of the Bat­tle Of The Boyne re­ceives the Award for Best Tourism Of­fer­ing from Mayor Oliver Tully Below: Pres­i­dent Ed­die Phe­lan...

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