INNOVATION minister and guest of honour Sean Sherlock said he was "humbled" to see so many businesses in the Duhallow region who were clearly showing their innovation to surge forward.
Speaking at the James O'Keeffe Institute on Friday night, Minister Sherlock said, with a smile, that any time he attended IRD Duhallow he was always treated to the best hospitality and finest quality produce of the region.
He noted that at his table on the night was Jerry Sheehan, who was IRD Duhallow's first chairman over two decades ago, and who went on to set up the very successful Avonmore Electrical, which gave great employment to the Duhallow region. Continuing the local connections, he noted how Mr Sheehan had wired up Kilguilkey House, which ended up on the night winning the Best Agri Business award.
Minister Sherlock said he was bowled over by the number of businesses in the Duhallow region and their variety, with everything from non ferrous recycling to a top quality food enterprise.
Minister Sherlock said that he would certainly be letting the Government know of the excellent work IRD Duhallow has undertaken in the region - while acknowledging the government's current plans for a realignment of enterprise support services across the country.