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Thursday 31 July 2014

Night of celebration for local businesses

BILL BROWNE

Published 05/12/2013|05:26

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IT was a night of glitz, glamour and black ties as almost 200 people descended on the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow last Saturday night for the annual Chamber Ball.

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IT was a night of glitz, glamour and black ties as almost 200 people descended on the Hibernian Hotel in Mallow last Saturday night for the annual Chamber Ball.

Arguably one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Mallow social calendar, the ball affords members of the local business community the chance to cast all thoughts of the recession aside for one night and celebrate the triumphs of the past 12 months.

The change in venue for the ball also coincided with a change in the format compared to previous years, with the Mallow Business Awards now being held every second year.

This did nothing to take the gloss from was a hugely enjoyable night, with host for the evening, Munster and Ireland rugby star Alan Quinlan, on hand to add an extra bit of sparkle to the evening.

It was also an opportunity to herald a changing of the guard as outgoing president Mary Kelly handed over the reigns to new incumbent Kevin O'Keeffe after two years in office.

Thanking members for their support during her time in office, Ms Kelly expressed her hope that the sense of community within local business circles was something that would be further enhanced in the future.

In his speech, Mr O'Keeffe said he looked forward to the challenges that lay ahead.

He also paid a poignant tribute to two former Chamber presidents, John Sheahan, who passed away this year, and founding president Pat Owens.

One of the undoubted highlights of the night was the presentation of the Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award to Celeste O'Flynn for her outstanding contribution to the Mallow business community over a period of decades.

A collection was also taken on the night for the Anchor Treatment Centre, the proceeds from which will be presented to Sr Miriam over the coming weeks.

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