Kerry Businesswomen Honoured At Connect Kerry Awards

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Marie Baker (second from right) of Ballybeg Retail Centre accepting the Contribution to Women in Business award in Association with Kellihers Toyota from Theresa Kelliher of Kelliher’s Toyota with MCs for the evening Orlagh Winters and Brendan Fuller, at the Connect Kerry Women in Business Awards at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Friday. Photo by John Walsh

THE second Connect Kerry Women in Business Awards took place at a Black Tie Gala Ceremony last Friday at Ballyroe Heights Hotel.

Organised by Margaret Brick, Publisher and Editor of Connect Magazine, the awards celebrated and recognized the enormous entrepreneurial talent and success of women who both own and manage businesses in Kerry.

Margaret Kissane, Editor, Publisher at Connect Magazine said; “The Connect Kerry Women in Business Awards was a vision we had to honour all ladies who have established a business, or who may be running a business in a managerial role. It was a great night to celebrate such a wonderful county of hard working ladies and all in the room were winners really.”

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Orlagh Winters, Margaret Kissane, Aoife O Mahony, winner of the Rising Star Award and Brendan Fuller.

Orlagh Winters, Margaret Kissane of Connect Kerry with , Aoife O’Mahony, winner of the Rising Star Award and Brendan Fuller.

The judging panel for the awards were; Breda O’Dwyer, Manager Ceed at IT Tralee; John Canty, Accountant and Orla Diffily PR and Events Management.

There were 14 Overall Award Categories and the winners of these categories were;


Business Woman in Health and Wellness in Association with The Scotia Clinic –  Alexandra Rowan Muscle Therapy

Business Woman in the Business of Beauty in Association with Spin South West –  Karina O Connor, Beauty by the Beach Ballybunion

Business Woman in the Business of Hair- in Association with Ballybeg Hair –  Louise Kelliher Hair Haven Camp

Business Woman in Business Services – in Association with Irish Drain Services – Adrienne Dowd Bookkeeping Services Kerry

Business Woman in Education and Childcare- in association with Kingdom Printers – Clodagh Moynihan Oakview Childcare

Business Woman in Fashion Retail- in Association with Hannons Fashions – Sarah Blake East 73RD Boutique Ballybunion and Castleisland

Business woman in Technology in Association with Action Coach – Ciara O’Donnell Photography

Business Woman in Retail or Consumer Business in Association with Kellihers Toyota – Joanne O’Regan JLT Tiles

Business Woman in Design in association with Expose Design – Rebekah Wall Designer

Business Woman in Food Production in Association with O’Sullivan’s Bakery – Melanie Harty Harty Foods

New Business Award in Association with Radio Kerry – Kate Cremin White Willow Kenmare

Hospitality Award in association with Irish TV – Geraldine Cassidy Cassidy’s Restaurant Tralee

Craft Award in Association with John Canty and Co Accountants – Maura Sheehy Maura’s Cottage Flowers

Medical Professional award in association with Nutri Fit for Women Kerry – Brid Brown Aquatic Therapist Kerry

There were also number of special awards on the night to recognize women who have excelled in the industry.


International Business Woman of the year in Association with Ballyroe Heights – Antoinette Butler, Irish Host Family

Contribution to Women in business award in Association with Kellihers  Toyota – Marie Baker, Ballybeg Retail Centre.

One to Watch in association with Kerry Business Women’s Network – Sheena Donnelly, Cafesiveen Cahersiveen

Media Support to Women in Business in association with Radio Kerry – Mary Lucey, Tralee IT.

Outstanding Customer Focus Award – Leona Fitzmaurice, Every Occasion Florist, Tralee

Business Development award – Kate Kavanagh, Expose Beauty

Young Female Entrepreneur award in association with Spin Southwest – Emer Tobin, Yummy Café, Tralee

Family Business of the year award – Mags and Liz Horgan, Finesse Bridal, Listowel

Editor’s Choice Award – Marie Keary, The Olde Glenbeigh Hotel

Reader’s Choice Award in association with Kingdom Printers – Carmel Russell, That’s Perfect, Tralee

Social Media Award in Association with Video DJ Kerry – Paula Brennan, Final Dimensions Salon, Portmagee

Customer Service Award – Grainne Ryle, Lloyds Pharmacy

Service to her chosen Industry Award – Liz Lawlor, Cutting Edge Hair Tralee

The Rising Star Award – Aoife O Mahony, Make up by Aoife

Lifetime Achievement Award in Association with Ballyseedy Garden Centre – Breeda Hurley ABC Cleaning.

Orlagh Winters, Margaret Kissane, Breeda Hurley (Winner of Lifetime Achievement), Bernie Falvey and Brendan Fuller.

Orlagh Winters, Margaret Kissane, Breeda Hurley (Winner of Lifetime Achievement), Bernie Falvey and Brendan Fuller.


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