Tralee Business People Awards Presented To Six Recipients

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The six recipients of the Tralee Business People Awards for July to December; Peter Harty (Nov), Dr Mary McCaffrey (Sep), Anthony O’Gara (Aug), Mary Stapleton on behalf of Caroline McEnery (Oct), Kevin McCarthy (Dec), Pádraig McGillicuddy (July).

PÁDRAIG McGillicuddy, Anthony O’Gara, Dr Mary McCaffrey, Caroline McEnery, Peter Harty and Kevin McCarthy have been announced as the recipients of Tralee Business People Awards for the months of July to December.

Each of the individuals was recognised for their extraordinary commitment to their customers and the town of Tralee through their business and working lives.

The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Aidan Kelly, said: “Our latest monthly winners deserves to be recognised for the work they do to improve and enhance life the lives of those around them every day. We are delighted to shine a light on them for contributing to the economic and community development of the town over the course of their careers.”

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Pádraig McGillicuddy (July), is the proprietor of Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa. He took over the family-run hotel in 2002. He has more than 20 years’ experience in various management roles both internationally and in Ireland.

Ballygarry is considered one of Munster’s most successful hotels, and employs 140 staff, 95 of which are full time. He was Chairperson of Holiday Tralee from 2006 to 2012, and was a founding member & President of Tralee Chamber Alliance.

Anthony O’Gara (August), is the Managing Director of the Rose of Tralee International Festival. A Roscommon-native, he moved to Tralee in the early 1980s.

Anthony, together with some investors, took over the running of the Festival from 2004. Since then, he has developed the Festival from 28 Rose Centres in Ireland and abroad to 70 in 2017 with up to 64 taking part in the event each year.

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Dr Mary McCaffrey (September), a graduate of University College Cork, was appointed to Kerry as Consultant Obstetrician / Gynaecologist in 1998.

In 2002 The Scotia Clinic opened its doors as a private clinic providing maternity, paediatric and women’s health care. Over the years the Clinic has evolved and developed to now provide a wide range of healthcare services including Ireland’s first Satellite IVF service.

Caroline McEnery (October), Managing Director of The HR Suite and HR and Employment Law Expert, is a member on the Low Pay Commission and is also an adjudicator in the Work Place Relations Commission.

She had worked across various areas of HR for over 20 years in Kerry Group and in the retail and hospitality sector where she was the Operations and HR Director of the Garvey Group prior to setting up the HR Suite in 2009. Caroline’s colleague, Mary Stapleton, accepted the award on her behalf.

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Peter Harty (November). CH Tralee was founded by Patricia Chute and Fionán Harty in 1967. The business developed over the years with the addition of their daughter Claire, an ophthalmic optician and their son Peter, a pharmacist.

Today Peter and Claire continue their parents’ ethos along with a talented team of people – at Christmas, the team swells to 94 to help look after our customers!

C.H. is committed to working with and supporting the local community through sponsorship, employment and events and initiatives such as “The CH Annual Santa Parade” and the CH Santa Grotto each year – Christmas begins at C.H! On his own and his sister Claire’s behalf, he dedicated this award to the memory of their parents who founded C.H. and whose memory inspires them to keep progressing.

Kevin McCarthy (December), was born in Riverstick, Co Cork and went to school in Kinsale.

Kevin joined Tomás Garvey in 1990 as store manager in Castleisland, opened the new Garveys store in Tralee in 1992, went on to become regional manager in 1996, joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and became a shareholder in the business. He was appointed Managing Director in 2006.

The Garvey Group ethos has always been on having the best customer experience with the best quality fresh foods sourced locally where possible, supporting the local communities with employment, but also supporting local voluntary organisations – donating over 100,000 euros every year to local organisations/festivals /charities).

Pádraig, Anthony, Mary, Caroline, Peter and Kevin were presented with specially commissioned handmade glass pieces and wooden bowls from local craft makers, Terence MacSweeney and David Condon, while Tralee-based photographer, Pauline Dennigen, will photograph each of the 12 monthly winners and their portraits will be featured in an exhibition and 2018 Tralee calendar.

The calendar will be available to buy in December and the profits from the sale of the calendar will be donated to Tralee charities.

The 12 monthly winners are: Breeda Hurley (January), Dan Horan (February), Billy Nolan (March), Fiona Kirby/Cotter (April), Don Nolan (May), Mike McDonnell (June), Pádraig McGillicuddy (July), Anthony O’Gara (August), Dr Mary McCaffrey (September), Caroline McEnery (October), Peter Harty (November) and Kevin McCarthy (December).

For more information, please contact Tralee Chamber Alliance on 066 7121472 or email

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