Denis O'Brien wins lifetime award for technology
Businessman Denis O'Brien received a lifetime achievement award at the Tech Excellence Awards in Dublin last night.
Mr O'Brien, who is the largest shareholder in the owner of this newspaper, was the founder of Esat Digifone which was the first operator of a privately owned mobile phone network in Ireland. The awards were attended by almost 500 leaders from the technology sector.
Also recognised on the night were fibre network operator Viatel for company of the year, Justin Keating of Version 1 for person of the year, and Prospr in the rising star category.
A special presentation was made to Microsoft Ireland managing director Cathriona Hallahan to celebrate the company's 30 years in Ireland.
The award for multinational of the year went to Intel and was collected by country manager for Ireland Colin MacHale.
The judges included industry experts Eoin O'Driscoll of Forfas, Jim Mountjoy of Euristix, Tom McCarthy of HelmAG, Peter McManamon of Parthus, Seán Baker of Iona and Karl Flannery of Storm Technology.
"The evidence of top-class talented individuals and companies that can compete on any world stage is so encouraging," said judge Eoin O'Driscoll.
"The Tech Excellence Awards has shown yet again that Ireland is investing in its talent and in its IT Infrastructure," he added.