Finalists announced for Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2018

Posted on: 03/05/2018

Network Ireland Cork branch has announced the shortlist of finalists for the annual Network Cork Businesswomen of the Year Awards. Winners of the six categories will be revealed at a gala dinner on 11 May. The event will take place at Fota Island Resort & Spa.

Cork Business Women of the Year awards honour women in Cork who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in business, arts and social enterprise. For the first time, an extra category has been added that will recognise Cork businesses who have excelled in ‘Best Use of Digital’.

Network Ireland Cork Branch President Karen Fleming stated: “We have had a record number of entries this year. The calibre of submissions was excellent, we wanted to recognise that by introducing a shortlist of finalists for the awards. It is clear from the entries that Cork women in business exhibit extraordinary talent and skill across their industries and we are looking forward to a fantastic awards evening on 11 May.”

The shortlist is as follows:


Best use of Digital 

  • Lisa Jordan, Luna by Lisa
  • Genevieve Sheehan, Sheenco travel
  • Joan Walsh, Partnership International
  • Joelle Coade, ACET Ireland
  • Kathy O’Dwyer, Vocation Relocation
  • Sian Horn, Elite Pilates

Large SME – greater than 10 employees

  • Irene Twohig, Edcuogym
  • Joelle Coade, Acet Ireland
  • Valerie Finnegan, Ikon Hairdesign


  • Elaine Higgins, DePuy Synthes
  • Elaine Wilson, Arachas Corporate Brokers
  • Emily Reen, Partnership International
  • Michelle Collins, CIT
  • Sinead O’Dea, Griffith College
  • Maria Desmond, Enable Ireland

Small SME – 10 employees or less      

  • Adrianna Hegarty, Hegarty properties
  • Barbara Nugent, Transilient Coaching
  • Caroline Cermak, Alliance Packaging
  • Genevieve Sheehan, Sheenco Travel
  • Kathy O’Dwyer, Vocation Relocation
  • Shirley Feeney, Shirley Feeney

Emerging New Business

  • Catherine Hassett, Health and Wellbeing Magazine
  • Gillian McGrath, Change, Grow, Succeed
  • Karen Casey, Mobile Device Management
  • Karen O’Reilly, Employmum
  • Louise Bunyan, Smart Fox
  • Michelle A. Hardwick, Release Peace


  • Fiona Kennedy, Fiona Kennedy Music
  • Itle Nganta Domgo, Mosikopictures
  • Nina Lowe, The Floral Fish

The overall Network Cork Businesswomen of the Year 2018 will also be announced on the evening. Guest speakers on the evening will be Louise Kennedy, internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s most successful fashion designers and Caroline Kennedy, of Kennedy PR.

Tickets for the black tie gala dinner on 11 May are priced from €89, and can be purchased on Eventbrite HERE. There will be spot prizes on the evening from EducoGym, Hayfield Manor, Amplify Digital Conference, Triskel Arts Centre and more. Music will be provided by Pat Fitz Corporate group bookings can also be purchased by emailing