Network Cork celebrates Cork's businesswomen

Network Cork celebrates Cork's businesswomen
Pictured L-R: Winner of Emerging New Business Karen O'Reilly from Employmum, Arts Winner Fiona Kennedy, Fiona Kennedy Music, Winner of Employee Maria Desmond, Enable Ireland, Winner of Large SME and Over All Winner irene Twohig, Edcuogym, Winner of Best Use of Digital Joan Walsh, Partnership International and Winner of Small SME Shirley Feeney, Shirley's Beauty Clinic at the Network Cork Business Women of the Year Awards in the Fota Resort. Picture: Darragh Kane

IRENE Twohig of Educogym has been crowned the overall Cork Businesswoman of the Year at the Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year awards.

A gala ceremony held last night in the Fota Island Resort saw six individual awards presented to outstanding business leaders, with judges commending Ms Twohig's entrepreneurial spirit, passion for business and her willingness to take risks.

Irene also took the award for the SME with more than 10 employees.

Karen O'Reilly of Employmum scooped the Emerging New Business of the Year awards, with judges commending her business plan and effective use of social media.

Maria Desmond of Enable Ireland was commended in the Employee of the Year Category for her distinguished contribution to the charity.

The Arts award went to Fiona Kennedy, while Shirley Feeney of Shirley's Beauty Clinic took the Best Small Business Award.

Joan Walsh of Partnership was recognised for her use of digital, while there was also a special recognition award for Maureen Forrest of Hope Foundation in recognition of her dedication over the last 20 years.

Speaking on the announcement of the winners, Network Cork President Karen Fleming said: “The Cork Businesswoman of the Year Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of women in business across Cork city and county. Both winners and finalists deserved to be recognised for outstanding contributions to their respective industries and companies.

“The calibre of entries for this year’s awards was extremely high and it was great to see a record number of submissions in 2018.”

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