Little Museum wins big award
THE Little Museum of Dublin aims to get better, not bigger, after scooping an award worth €100,000.
Trevor White and Simon O'Connor were named winners of the 2014 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Award.
The €10,000 cash prize is given along with €100,000 worth of mentoring and consultancy services from a range of top finance, law, IT, media and marketing firms.
The pair (pictured with Sarah Costigan, the museum's director of development) aim to be the best small museum in Europe. "We are more interested in getting better and better, rather than bigger and bigger," said Mr O'Connor. "It's very different than other museums. It's not really a static experience, there's a huge emphasis placed on personal interaction with staff."
The museum, on St Stephen's Green, was founded in 2011, and visitor numbers have soared 114pc from 26,000 in 2012 to more than 50,000 last year. Mr White said the win was a tribute to Dubliners who donated all 5,000 artifacts on display.
The awards are sponsored by Ulster Bank and Dublin Chamber of Commerce. Ar-nuaTec scooped the business section award, and Bizworld Ireland won in the social category. SARAH sTACK