GAVIN GETS HIS LIFETIME HONOUR
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, Mediatraining.ie, 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.
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