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2021 Network Ireland West Cork Business Women of the Year Awards

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Virtual unveiling the 2021 winners of the NIWC Business Women of the Year Awards, featuring Guest Speaker, Author Louise O'Neill

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All ticket revenue will be for the benefit of our branch president Katherine O'Sullivan's chosen charity, Embrace Farm, a not for profit organisation who's aim is to provide a support network for farm families who have lost a loved one or suffered serious injury in a farming accident.

You are welcome to make a further donation to Embrace Farm here.

Awards sponsors, AIB have been the official national partner of Network Ireland since 2013 and continue this longstanding partnership with an organisation dedicated to supporting and empowering women to succeed in their business and personal lives.

Ireland is full of talented and dedicated female professionals. They have successful careers, run successful businesses, but in many cases also juggle the needs of their families plus are involved in the community and carry out voluntary work.

Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year awards are designed to recognise the achievement of these women. Awards are divided into 8 categories, see listed below, so there is a category suitable for every professional woman.

1. Solo Businesswoman

2. Emerging New Business

3. Established Business

4. Employee – Rising Star

5. Employee – Shining Star

6. Creative Professional



Our Guest Speaker on the evening is Author & Columnist, Louise O'Neill.

Louise O’Neill grew up in Clonakilty, a small town in West Cork, Ireland. Her first novel, Only Ever Yours, was released in 2014. Only Ever Yours went on to win the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards; the Children’s Books Ireland Eilís Dillon Award for a First Children’s Book; and The Bookseller‘s inaugural YA Book Prize 2015. Louise’s second novel, Asking For It, was published in September 2015 to widespread critical acclaim. She went on to win the Specsaver’s Senior Children’s Book of the Year at the 2015 Irish Book Awards, the Literature Prize at Irish Tatler’s Women of the Year Awards, and the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz award. Asking For It was voted Book of the Year at the Irish Books Awards 2015 and spent 52 consecutive weeks in the Irish top 10 bestseller list. The New York Times called it “riveting and essential” and The Guardian named Louise “the best YA fiction writer alive today.” Both novels have been optioned for screen. Louise’s first novel for adults, Almost Love, was published in March 2018, followed shortly by The Surface Breaks, her feminist re-imagining of The Little Mermaid which was released in May 2018. Her second novel for adults, After the Silence, was published in September 2020 and won the Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It has been optioned for screen by Tiger Aspect.

Each regional category winner will go forward for the national interviews and will represent the West Cork branch at the national awards which will be held in October.

Dress code: Glitz and Glam. Here is your opportunity to sparkle ladies, from the shoulders up anyway! Be aware that there will be a fabulous spot prize for the most fabulous dresser on the night.

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Network Ireland West Cork is the newest brand of a national group whcih has over 1,000 members, with fifteen very dynamic branches across Ireland.  We organise an inspirational monthly event for like minded people to come together to collaborate, share ideas, knowledge and support - held across West Cork and most of which are free to our members.

The organisation currently has almost 100 members and welcomes new members from across West Cork.  We are always looking for new members to join our fantastic group. For full details on how to become a member, for further detail and to stay up-to-date with the latest news and events, subscribe to our montly newsletter by emailing westcork@networkireland.ie.

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