Business women 'connect' at Awards Celebration

Munster’s most prestigious business awards celebrate Kerry women in business

The second annual Connect Kerry Women in Business Awards took place on Friday night (10th of June) in the main ballroom of Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee, County Kerry. Organised by Margaret Kissane, Editor of Kerry’s top lifestyle magazine, Connect, and mc’ed by fashion blogger Orlagh Winters and Radio Kerry presenter, Brendan Fuller, the sold out event was a huge success and a worthy celebration of Kerry’s best women entrepreneurial talents. 


The judges were Breda O Dwyer, Manager CEED - Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Tralee; John Canty, owner of Canty & Co Accountants and Orla Diffily, PR & Events Consultant. The night was produced in association with Kingdom Printers,  John Walsh Photography and Expose Design and supported by category sponsors all listed below. 


Guests enjoyed a red carpet arrival with champagne, Dingle Gin and Cronin’s Craft Beer, followed by a beautiful 4 course meal with complimentary wines. Michael Healy Rea TD was the guest speaker at the opening of the evening and entertainment post awards was by Sean Crowley and Celebrations Band. 


Breeda Hurley of ABC Cleaning Tralee won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. Other Awards included Kate Cremin of White Willow Bridal, Kenmare who was named as the New Business Award winner; Carmel Russell of That’s Perfect Tralee who won the Reader’s Choice Award; Kate Kavanagh who won the Business Development award and Aoife O’Mahony of Make-Up by Aoife was named as the Rising Star.  Full list of all Awards winners below. 


Margaret Kissane, Awards Organiser and Editor of Connect Magazine

“Friday night was an enormous success and I wish to congratulate all the winners and all the nominees. We have received very positive feedback and have already put the date in the diary for next year’s awards. I want to especially thank all our valued sponsors and Jonathan and his superb team at Ballyroe Heights Hotel for their professionalism. Huge thanks also to the generosity of our guests as our Raffle at the Awards raised over €2,500 for supporting the services of Muscular Dystrophy. There will be full coverage of the Awards in the next edition of Connect Kerry”

Connect Kerry was established by Margaret Kissane in March 2014 and has grown into Kerry’s leading lifestyle and business magazine. For more visit 



The full list of winners in each category is listed below.


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For press queries, please contact event organiser and editor of Connect Magazine, Margaret Kissane, or mobile 086 2408237


For images please contact John Walsh Photography. Mobile : 087 8067788



Business Woman in Health and Wellness in Association with The Scotia Clinic.
Alexandra Rowan Muscle Therapy

Business Woman in the Business of Beauty in Association with Spin South West
Karina O Connor, Beauty by the Beach Ballybunion

Business Woman in the Business of Hair- in Association with Ballybeg Hair.
Louise Kelliher Hair Haven Camp

Business Woman in Business Services – in Association with Irish Drain Services.
Adrienne Dowd Bookkeeping Services Kerry

Business Woman in Education and Childcare- in association with Kingdom Printers –
Clodagh Moynihan Oakview Childcare

Business Woman in Fashion Retail- in Association with Hannons Fashions –
Sarah Blake East 73RD Boutique Ballybunion and Castleisland

Business woman in Technology in Association with Action Coach
Ciara O Donnell Photography

Business Woman in Retail or Consumer Business in Association with Kellihers Toyota
Joanne O Regan JLT Tiles

Business Woman in Design in association with Expose Design
Rebekah Wall Designer

Business Woman in Food Production in Association with O Sullivan’s Bakery
Melanie Harty, Harty Foods

New Business Award in Association with Radio Kerry
Kate Cremin White Willow Kenmare

Hospitality Award in association with Irish TV.
Geraldine Cassidy Cassidy’s Restaurant Tralee

Craft Award in Association with John Canty and Co Accountants.
Maura Sheehy Maura’s Cottage Flowers

Medical Professional award in association with Nutri Fit for Women Kerry
Brid Brown Aquatic Therapist Kerry



International Business Woman of the year in Association with Ballyroe Heights.
Antoinette Butler Irish Host Family

Contribution to Women in business award in Association with KellihersToyota.
Marie Baker Ballybeg Retail Centre.

One to Watch in association with Kerry Business Women’s Network
Sheena Donnelley Cafesiveen, Cahersiveen

Media Support to Women in Business in association with Radio Kerry
Mary Lucey Tralee IT.

Outstanding Customer Focus Award
Leona Fitzmaurice Every Occasion florist Tralee

Business Development Award
Kate Kavanagh Expose beauty

Young Female Entrepreneur award in association with Spin Southwest.
Emer Tobin Yummy Café Tralee

Family Business of the year award
Mags and Liz Horgan Finesse Bridal Listowel

Editor’s Choice Award
Marie Keary The olde Glenbeigh Hotel

Reader’s Choice Award in association with Kingdom Printers
Carmel Russell That’s Perfect Tralee

Social Media Award in Association with Video DJ Kerry
Paula Brennan Final Dimensions Salon Portmagee

Customer Service Award
Grainne Ryle Lloyds Pharmacy

Service to her chosen Industry Award
Liz Lawlor Cutting Edge Hair Tralee

The Rising Star Award
Aoife O Mahony Make up by Aoife

Lifetime Achievement Award in Association with Ballyseedy Garden Centre.
Breeda Hurley ABC Cleaning.