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05 October 2015

Network Ireland National Conference & Awards 2015

Posted By: AIB Business
Network Ireland National Conference & Awards 2015

Over 200 businesswomen from all over Ireland attended Network Ireland’s National Conference and Awards at Knockranny House Hotel in Westport, Co. Mayo on Friday 25th September.

The event afforded a great opportunity for attendees to discuss, network and learn from one another and from a powerful line-up of speakers whose expertise and knowledge was shared with a theme of “Harnessing Opportunity for Women in Changing Times”. As proud partner of Network Ireland, AIB was delighted to sponsor this event along with co-sponsors Mayo LEO and Newstalk.

The day culminated with a gala dinner and the Network Ireland Businesswomen of the Year Awards, which recognise the wealth of talent that abounds within the Network Ireland membership of new businesses, established businesses and professional businesswomen. The Awards are the final part of a six-month process where all of the Network branches host a regional Awards, and then three finalists from each branch are chosen to represent the three categories: Best Established Business, New Business and Employee.

Ken Burke (Head of Business Banking, AIB), Mags Brennan (Head of Sector Strategies & Specialists, AIB) and Catherine Moroney (Regional Director, Dublin, AIB) were amongst the judges for the Awards. Speaking afterwards, Ken was full of praise for the winners: “These Awards have, in a few short years, become a pivotal event for businesswomen in Ireland. At AIB, we are privileged to see first-hand the innovation, hard work and determination that has taken these businesswomen to the top of their respective fields. Congratulations to the winners, and I have no doubt we’ll be hearing plenty more about them in the years ahead.”


Network Ireland Businesswomen of the Year Award Winners 2015


Established Business Award Winner: Paula Egan – Comprehensive Business Services, Kildare

Paula is the founder of and The judges were particularly impressed that she had developed a business and then sold it for a substantial amount before starting the process again with her current business, which looks set to be just as successful. The judges felt that she was a true entrepreneur and had self-educated herself in a number of different areas and just knows what makes a business successful.

Established Business Award Winner: Paula Egan


New Business Award Winner: Naomi Fein – Think Visual, Cork

Naomi was born in Israel to a long line (nine generations) of powerful Israeli women. The judges were blown away by what Naomi has achieved in her business in such a short space of time and the calibre of large multinationals she has as clients. Innovation and global potential was the big differentiator in setting her apart.

New Business Award Winner: Naomi Fein


Employee Award Winner: Louise McClean – Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley, Dublin

All of the judges commented on Louise’s “owner” mentality that she brings to her role in the Clarion Hotel Dublin Liffey Valley. The judges were also impressed with her understanding of the difficulties in the market and also her success in finding new markets and the proactive role she takes in increasing turnover for the hotel.  

Employee Award Winner: Louise McClean


For further information on the Network Ireland Conference and Business Awards, visit


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