THE naturalist Charles Darwin had a simple phrase that he used when referring to the world of business and economics. He said: 'Industry is the soul of business and the keystone of prosperity.'
Last Friday night at the Duhallow Busines Awards - a joint venture between IRD Duhallow and The Corkman - there was an entire marquee full of in excess of 200 people who were brimming with industry, soul and indeed prosperity.
These are three vital ingredients to have in an economy which is trying to steady itself to sturdier footing.
For the 18 finalists who were joined by family, colleagues and friends, the awards night was equally about recognising exactly what Duhallow has to offer as well as rewarding the businesses for being nominated and providing steady employment.
The marquee was lit up as everyone sat down and lapped up the atmosphere. Everyone were treated to an amazing buffet which featured a pig on a spit as well as a host of different meats from the region as well as a variety of salads and breads, which was all produced by Duhallow Community Food Services.
It was a night of joy and celebration of local entrepreneurship, from national brands to social enterprises to local start-up firms.
After the awards ceremony itself the guests were treated to the talent of the Rockchapel Comhaltas who dished out traditional Sliabh Luachra music, which went down a storm in the marquee.