Tralee business people awards
Padraig McGillicuddy, Anthony O'Gara, Dr Mary McCaffrey, Caroline McEnery, Peter Harty and Kevin McCarthy have been announced as the recipients of Tralee Business People Awards for the months of July to December.
The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, Aidan Kelly prised the six winners for their contribution to the life of the town.
"Our latest monthly winners deserves to be recognised for the work they do to improve and enhance life the lives of those around them every day. We are delighted to shine a light on them for contributing to the economic and community development of the town over," he said
Pádraig McGillicuddy is the proprietor of Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa. He took over the family-run hotel in 2002. He has more than 20 years' experience in various management roles both internationally and in Ireland. His international hotel management experiences include roles in Lausanne, Switzerland and Sydney, Australia.
After an investment of over six million euro, Ballygarry is now considered one of Munster's most successful hotels, and employs 140 staff, 95 of which are full time.
In 2017 the hotel undertook a further €4.5 million refurbishment. Pádraig was Chairperson of Holiday Tralee from 2006 to 2012, and was a founding member & President of Tralee Chamber Alliance. Pádraig has also served as a voluntary Chairperson of Fatima home for five years.
Anthony O'Gara is Managing Director of the Rose of Tralee International Festival. A Roscommon-native, he moved to Tralee in the early 1980s. He is married to Oonagh and they have four adult children. Anthony previously worked in the food industry for 25 years before moving to Tralee to take up a position in Kerry Group.
He went on to become the Group Personnel Director before leaving to start his own consultancy business in 1996. In the 2000s, the Rose of Tralee International Festival, Ireland's flagship family festival, fell on hard times and its future was under serious threat. Anthony, together with some investors, took over the event in 2004.
Since then, he has developed the Festival from 28 Rose Centres in Ireland and abroad to 70 in 2017 with up to 64 taking part in the event each year.
Dr Mary McCaffrey was appointed to Kerry as Consultant Obstetrician / Gynaecologist in 1998. Prior to coming to Kerry, she worked as Assistant Master at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin; Europe's oldest maternity hospital and as Lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
In developing the Maternity Services in Kerry, she worked diligently to bring modern standards of care to women, such as developing the epidural service, family focussed care in labour and fertility services.
In 2002 The Scotia Clinic opened its doors as a private clinic providing maternity, paediatric and women's health care. Over the years the Clinic has evolved and developed to now provide a wide range of healthcare services including Ireland's first Satellite IVF service.
The Scotia Clinic has also developed a series of links with highly specialist medical services in Ireland and Europe so that patients can be fast tracked to more specialist services without protracted waiting times. She is married to Senator Colm Burke and in her spare time she looks after her Saint Bernards and this leads to lots of long walks. Over the years her areas of support for voluntary services tended to centre around women's health - CURA which supports women with unplanned pregnancy, Kerry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre.
Caroline McEnery Managing Director of The HR Suite and HR and Employment Law Expert, is a member on the Low Pay Commission and is also an adjudicator in the Work Place Relations Commission.
She had worked across various areas of HR for over 20 years in Kerry Group and in the retail and hospitality sector where she was the Operations and HR Director of the Garvey Group prior to setting up the HR Suite in 2009.
Caroline is also the author of "The Art of Asking the Right Questions" a tool kit for people managers to ensure they maximise the talent of their people.
She is also a lead mentor on the ACORNS programme which is promoting entrepreneurship for women and is a member of the going for growth entrepreneurship programme and continuing the momentum programme. Caroline's colleague, Mary Stapleton, accepted the award on her behalf.
CH Tralee was founded by Patricia Chute and Fionán Harty in 1967. Chute Harty Chemists subsequently became CH Chemists. Patricia was the Tralee Rose in the International Rose of Tralee Festival and she caught the eye of a young Fionàn Harty who operated a pharmacy in Rock Street.
After the couple married they began to develop Patricia's own family business Chute's Chemists (in The Mall). Patricia, a qualified beautician developed the beauty side of the business while Fionán concentrated on the pharmacy side.
The business developed over the years with the addition of their daughter Claire, an ophthalmic optician and their son Peter, a pharmacist.
Today Peter and Claire continue their parents' ethos along with a talented team of people which at Christmas, swells to 94. CH is committed to working with and supporting the local community through sponsorship, employment and events such as "The CH Annual Santa Parade" each year.
On his own and his sister Claire's behalf Peter dedicated this award to the memory of their parents who founded CH and whose memory, he said, inspires them to keep progressing.
Kevin McCarthy, was born in Riverstick, Co Cork and went to school in Kinsale. He joined Quinnsworth in 1982 as a retail trainee manager and worked with them for eight years which included stints as Assistant manager in Kilarney, Tralee.
Kevin joined Tomás Garvey in 1990 as store manager in Castleisland, opened the new Garveys store in Tralee in 1992, went on to become regional manager in 1996, joined the Board of Directors in 1998 and became a shareholder in the business. He was appointed Managing Director in 2006.
When he joined the Garvey Group in 1990 the Company had two stores (Castleisland & Dingle) and four butchers shops in Tralee. It had a retail turnover of seven million Euro and employed about 80 people. Today, Garveys are one of the largest independent retailers in the country with a retail turnover in excess of 100 million euro, employing over 800 people in nine stores throughout Munster and two hotels in Dingle.
Pádraig, Anthony, Mary, Caroline, Peter and Kevin were presented with specially commissioned handmade glass pieces and wooden bowls from local craft makers, Terence MacSweeney and David Condon, while Tralee-based photographer, Pauline Dennigen, will photograph each of the 12 monthly winners and their portraits will be featured in an exhibition and a 2018 Tralee charity calendar.
The 12 monthly winners are: Breeda Hurley (January), Dan Horan (February), Billy Nolan (March), Fiona Kirby/Cotter (April), Don Nolan (May), Mike McDonnell (June), Pádraig McGillicuddy (July), Anthony O'Gara (August), Dr Mary McCaffrey (September), Caroline McEnery (October), Peter Harty (November) and Kevin McCarthy (December).