I'm taking a moment to share some exciting news. Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending the Carlow Powerhouse Women in Business Awards. To my immense surprise and delight, I was nominated for both "Best Newcomer/Start-up of the Year" and "Entrepreneur of the Year" – and even more surprising, I walked away with both awards.
The Powerhouse Women in Business Awards, hosted by Carlow County Council's Local Enterprise Office, is an event that recognises and celebrates the achievements of female entrepreneurs in County Carlow. The Woodford Dolmen Hotel in Carlow provided a beautiful setting for an evening dedicated to acknowledging the hard work and success of women in business.
Councillor Andrea Dalton, Cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council, opened the awards ceremony by emphasizing the significant economic impact of women-owned businesses. She highlighted how these businesses create jobs, generate income, and foster innovation, contributing significantly to the local economy.
Out of a remarkable 70 applications, 32 finalists were shortlisted, leading to the announcement of eight deserving winners across various categories. To my surprise and gratitude, I secured the titles of "Best Newcomer/Start-up of the Year" and "Female Entrepreneur of the Year."
I want to take a moment to express my appreciation to everyone who has been part of this journey. From the inspiring individuals, especially the remarkable women within the Powerhouse Network in Carlow, to the encouraging network around me, your belief in what I do has been the driving force behind these achievements.
Thank you, Carlow Powerhouse Women in Business, for this incredible honour. This double win is not just a personal victory but a reflection of the entire network that has been part of my journey.
Being crowned "Female Entrepreneur of the Year" is a humbling experience for me and is one that will continue to feed my motivation. To have grown and developed not just one but three businesses – Ballybar Ireland, Ardattin Embroidery, and Coppenagh House Farm – is truly a testament to the support of my customers and the wider community.
Stay tuned as we continue to grow, innovate, and bring you the very best from Ballybar Ireland.
A heartfelt congratulations to the other fantastic winners:
Powerhouse - Creativity Award: Emma Butler – White Meadow Interiors
Powerhouse - Excellence in Personal Services - Retail: Jane Byrne – Studio Dancewear
Powerhouse - Excellence in Personal Services for Business - Consumer: Caroline Davis – Caroline's Breast Care
Powerhouse - Digital Marketing Award: Lucy Gernon – 3Sixty Leaders Club
Powerhouse - Employee of the Year Award: Alison Lyons – ARC Construction Solutions Ireland
Powerhouse – Special Recognition Award: Maria Byrne - MarieSue Lingerie Limited