Kildare women shine at Network Ireland National Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018: well done, Laura Maher and Laura Jayne Halton!

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Kildare women shine at Network Ireland National Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018: well done, Laura Maher and Laura Jayne Halton!
By Rose Barrett 16:34 Saturday 15th of September 2018

Last night saw Network Ireland announce the winners of the Network Ireland Business Award Winners at a gala dinner in The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway.

And there amongst the national winners were Laura Maher of Reilly’s Supervalu Sallins who was awarded Employee of the Year sponsored by Peter Mark and Laura Jayne Halton, Couture Designer, who won the Arts Award sponsored by Blink Design.

Network Ireland Kildare Branch and now National Business Woman of the Year Award for the Arts Category:  Laura Jayne Halton (Laura Jayne Halton Design) with husband Ronan O'Brien (Maynooth) at the Network Ireland Kildare Awards in May at Cliff at Lyons, Celbridge. Photo:Michael Donnelly.  

Well done ladies! The Kildare Post and Kildare Now are delighted to be media partners with Network Ireland Kildare, along with sponsors - the Local Enterprise Office and AIB.

Irene Twohig, owner of Educogym, Cork won the award for Large SME, sponsored by AIB while the Emerging New Business Award, sponsored by KPMG, went to Caroline Murphy of West Cork Eggs. Best Use of Digital Award, sponsored by Facebook was presented to Caroline Dunlea, Core Optimisation Ltd. Geraldine Jones of Mediskin took home the award for Best Small SME, sponsored by Alastair Purdy & Co Solicitors.

This year saw a record number of entries for the awards. Winners were selected at a regional level in the Buisnesswoman of the Year Awards before being put forward as finalists in the overall national awards in their respective categories. Over 200 women from the 15 branches attended the awards ceremony which was preceded by the Annual Conference earlier that day.

Speaking about the Awards, Roseann Heavey, President of Network Ireland 2018 and Partner with Noone Casey said: “It was an honour to host the 11th Annual Network Ireland Businesswomen of the Year Awards in Galway this year. Our membership is growing which was reflected in the record number of awards entries this year. The independent panel of judges all agreed that there were some phenomenal submissions and the competition was very tough. It’s great to see our members being rewarded for their extraordinary achievements.”

Also awarded on the night was the Network Ireland 2018 Trish Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution, traditionally conferred by the President of Network Ireland to an Irish Woman of their choosing for an outstanding contribution to society. This year’s nominee was Limerick woman Vicky Phelan.

Speaking about the nomination, Roseann said “When it came to a decision about who to award the Outstanding Contribution Award to, I didn't have to think too long. Vicky Phelan is an inspiration to us all. Despite everything she has had to face, she has never given up, she is incredibly resilient. She has empowered other women, she continues to support other women and is an articulate voice for women who don’t have a voice. She is the embodiment of what Network Ireland stands for.”

But for now, let's celebrate the national win of two Kildare business women: Laura Jayne Halton and Laura Maher of Reilly's Supervalu, Sallins.

NB featured image shows Margaret-Mary McGrath(Kerry Group), Michelle Darlington (Lucozade Ribena Suntory Ireland) and Laura Maher (Reilly's Supervalu Sallins) at the Network Ireland Kildare Business Woman of the Year Awards 2018 at Cliff at Lyons earlier this year. Laura, right was awarded the National Award at last night's event in Galway. Photo Michael Donnelly

Established in 1983, Network Ireland has 1,000 members, with thirteen branches across Ireland. A volunteer-run network, an excess of 200 events are organised annually for like-minded people to come together to collaborate, share ideas, knowledge and support - most of which are free to members.

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