Network Galway awards to be presented this weekend

Patricia Lohan has been confirmed as the key note speaker at the 2019 Network Galway Business Women of the Year Awards, being held this Saturday May 18 in the Hotel Meyrick, Galway. Patricia, originally from Salthill but now based in Bali, is a feng shui expert, speaker, serial entrepreneur and author of The Happy Home, your guide to creating a happy, healthy wealthy life.

A couple of years ago Patricia was cycling around Dublin on a borrowed bicycle, teaching yoga classes for €5, now she is living her dream life in Bali, having grown a successful global online business helping thousands of women around the world create their dream lives through harnessing the power of feng shui and the law of attraction.

Patricia Lohan has been featured in international media such as CNN, Fox, Forbes, The New York Post, She Knows, Essence, Mind Body Green, USA Today and Elephant Journal.

The Business Woman of the Year Awards evening is always one of the pinnacle events in the Network Galway diary. Network Galway is one of 15 Branches of Network Ireland, which is a progressive, dynamic organisation supporting the professional and personal development of women across all sectors in business.

This year’s finalists shortlisted for the seven categories of the awards are:

Emerging Business : Joanna Zalech Irish Socksciety; Sarah Petersen-Dan-Éire Designs; Carrie Budds-Quokka Wellness; Dorothy Scarry - Workplace Health & Wellbeing; Alma Mc Grath-Med Aesthetics

Mary Finn-Connnect4work; Assumpta Gallagher-Best Practice; Julia Mc Andrew -ISHKA.Life; Aoife Keady -What’s Where; Sarah Mason - Sarah Mason Professional

Small SME <10 Employees : Olivia Collins - Food PR; Jessica Cooke - Inspire Fitness; Helen Mc Gourty - Strand Medical Devices Ltd; Denise Christie - Health & Harmony

Rising Star: Caroline Spollen- Salthill Hotel; Ciara Geraghty - Proactive Design & Marketing; Leanne O’Driscoll - Supermacs

Shining Star : Clare Desbonnet -Roche; Brenda Cormican -Oranmore lodge Hotel; Anne O’Donnell-CLS

Arts : Rachel Dubber - Rachel Dubber Design Ltd; Margaretha Diskin -Blue Antler Interiors;

Mercy Kudakwashe - Miss Mercy Makeup

Pat Flannery - Artwork by Pat

STEM -Clare Desbonnet – Roche; Deirdre O DwyerVeerasingam - Cardio-tech Healthcare Ltd;

Helen Mc Gourty - Strand Medical Devices Ltd ; Lorna Smyth - SmartBear

Social Enterprise - Suzanne McClean - Rosabel’s Rooms; Maura Lennon - HOPE Foundation

Large SME > 10 Employees — Orla Mc Fadden and Greenes Shoes

The regional branch winners in each category will then go forward to compete and represent the Galway Branch at the Network Ireland National Business Awards in The Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co Cork on Friday September 27, 2019.

Speaking of the awards, Maura Glynn, President of Network Galway 2019 said the awards are always a highlight event for the organisation and are a great opportunity to recognise the professional success of our members.

“This year has seen a huge increase in the number of applications for the awards and it is fantastic to see so many women setting up their own businesses in Galway”

“We would also like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors for ensuring the success of the event including; AIB, LEO, Sherry Fitzgerald & Sherry FitzGerald Financial Services, Faller Jewellers and The Galway Advertiser.”

Tickets are priced at €75 per person or €650 for a table of 10 and can be purchased through Eventbrite. The evening begins with a prosecco reception, a three-course meal, awards presentation and insightful talk from the guest speaker, finishing up with music by Pyramid and dancing until late.

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