19 short­listed en­ter­prises have been an­nounced


THE short list for six cat­e­gories of the 2018 IRD Duhallow Busi­ness Awards has been de­cided and there is ev­ery­thing from long es­tab­lished fam­ily run busi­nesses to women putting their mark in the eco­nomic world in the line up for a po­ten­tial award.

This is the sixth year of the awards which are again be­ing held in con­junc­tion with The Cork­man.

The awards cer­e­mony will be held on the grounds of IRD Duhallow on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 22.

In the Cre­ative In­dus­try cat­e­gory, the three short-listed fi­nal­ists are Caro­line Bell of Cake Art, and Duhallow Re­vamp along with pho­tog­ra­pher Janusz Tren­zis­cki.

In the Best Es­tab­lished Busi­ness cat­e­gory, Mulc­ahy In­sur­ance, Water­power En­gi­neer­ing, Hor­gan’s Phar­macy and Niall O’Con­nor Ground­works have been se­lected.

In the Best Start Up cat­e­gory, Kate­lynn’s Hair De­sign, Kan­turk Nu­tri­tion Club and DT Mar­ket­ing have been short-listed.

For the Com­mu­nity En­ter­prise Award, Bal­ly­hass Com­mu­nity Child­care, the Lee Val­ley En­ter­prise Board – Mac­room Food Fes­ti­val and Kan­turk Mart have been short-listed.

In the Best Fam­ily Run Busi­ness cat­e­gory, Kelly’s of Bal­ly­desmond has been short-listed as has Alu Cast and In­fin­ity English Col­lege. And, fi­nally, in the Best Women Led Busi­ness cat­e­gory, Cather­ine Pomeroy of Mill­street, and Cherry Blos­soms pre-school and An­i­mal Road Show are the short-listed en­ter­prises.

On the night, there will also be an over­all win­ner, the pres­ti­gious ‘IRD Duhallow Busi­ness of the Year.

In the edi­tion of The Cork­man of Novem­ber 15 there will be a full pro­file and pho­to­graphs of each busi­ness which has been short-listed.

As this year’s short­list was an­nounced, the CEO of IRD Duhallow, Maura Walsh, said: “IRD Duhallow are de­lighted to be once again in­volved in the IRD Duhallow / Cork­man Busi­ness Awards. I know the stan­dard of en­tries was ex­tremely high this year and is a tes­ta­ment to the top qual­ity busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs we have in the re­gion.”

Ed­ward, Ned, and Ni­amh English, and Stiana O’Donoghue of Castlecor Pota­toes which won the Duhallow Busi­ness of the Year Award 2017 at the IRD Duhallow Busi­ness Awards in New­mar­ket. Photo: Sheila Fitzger­ald

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