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The creator of a weighted pillow designed to reduce people’s addiction to sleeping pills, a company that helps improve the efficiency of GP practices, and the co-founder of a breakthrough technology that automates video analysis for sports are among the winners of Network Ireland’s Businesswoman of the award. Award of the year 2021.

The results were announced at the business organization’s annual conference and Businesswoman of the Year awards at the Salthill Hotel in Galway on Friday 7 October. An audience of 300 attended the gala hosted by Irish journalist and writer Mary Kennedy.

A total of 350 candidates submitted their names for this year’s awards through 14 regional branches of Network Ireland. A hectic season of judging events across the country over the past few months has resulted in 71 finalists being selected for today’s event.

The winners of the eight categories are:

Solo businesswoman Asumpta Gallagher, best practice, Galway

Emerging businesswoman Sine Dunne, Siest Sleep Ltd, Dublin

Established business woman Sandra Looney, To Have and To Hold, Cork

Employee Rising Star Aoife Behan, the Montenotte Hotel, Cork

Employee Shining Star Lorraine Burnell, Joseph Murphy Ballina Ltd, mayo

creative professional Tanya Ryan, Fiadh and Finn, Kildare

STEM Yvonne Comer, RugbySmarts, Galway

Champion of Inner Power Ellen Tuffy, Limerick Down Syndrome, Limerick

This year ‘Trisha Murphy Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution’ was awarded to Siobhan Carroll of ACT for Meningitis and Dr. Suzanne McClean of Rosabel’s Rooms. Galway women have set up national charities following the unexpected loss of their daughters. ACT for Meningitis provides free support services to anyone affected by meningitis in Ireland. It also works to save lives through greater awareness of the disease. Rosabel’s Rooms works in partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation and provides direct financial and therapeutic support to families in Ireland who lose a stillborn child up to the age of 21.

Network Ireland National Chair Noreen McKenzie paid tribute to Siobhan, Suzanne and all the winners. She said: “Siobhan and Suzanne have been a huge inspiration to me and Network Ireland members across the country. Their charities provide vital support to families going through the toughest times imaginable. They are truly worthy winners of the Trisha Murphy Memorial Award.

“I would like to congratulate all of our winners, finalists and participants. It takes courage and conviction to put yourself forward to be judged and it is not easy. I had the pleasure of meeting so many participants at the Local Awards and National Interviews. Their resilience, tenacity and passion are uplifting and I look forward to seeing their plans for their future businesses and careers come to fruition.

AIB is the official partner of Network Ireland. AIB’s SME Market Engagement Manager, Lorraine Greene, was a judge in the Solo Business Woman category, she said: “Today is about honoring the incredible achievements of women in business across Ireland. Once again the caliber of entries was outstanding and the power of Network Ireland was evident throughout. one after another have described how Network Ireland’s support has helped them overcome the challenges they have faced with creativity and resilience. AIB is proud to support Network Ireland and I congratulate the applicants, finalists and winners as well as the organizers of these awards, Noreen and her team have done a fantastic job.

Enterprise Ireland is the official award and national conference partner. Sheelagh Daly, Head of Entrepreneurship, said: “Enterprise Ireland recognizes that the talent and expertise that women entrepreneurs bring to bear every day translates into better business and faster economic growth. Network Ireland is a place where businesswomen can make valuable contacts, support each other and celebrate their achievements.

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