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Sunday 21 October 2018

Mary named person of the year on magical night

New Ross & District Business and Community Awards

Willie Fitzharris, Cathaoirleach; Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council district manager; David Looby, New Ross Standard, sponsor; Mary Browne, winner, Person of the Year; Anita Furlong, New Ross Standard and John McSweeney, Chamber president.
Willie Fitzharris, Cathaoirleach; Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council district manager; David Looby, New Ross Standard, sponsor; Mary Browne, winner, Person of the Year; Anita Furlong, New Ross Standard and John McSweeney, Chamber president.
Front: Aidan Quigley, Loftus Hall, sponsor; Sean Connick, JFK Trust, winner, best in retail experience award and Carol Tubritt, Loftus Hall, sponsor. BACK: Willie Fitzharris, cathaoirleach; Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council district manager and John McSweeney, Chamber president.
Willie Fitzharris, Cathaoirleach; Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council district manager; Jonathan Keenan, business manager Creacon Wellness Retreat, winner Best in Tourism; Ann O'Connor, Secret Valley Farm, sponsor; Salvo Rizzo, Creacon Wellness Centre general manager and John McSweeney, Chamber president.
Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council district manager; Anne Marie Finn, Lady Melia Fashions, winner, business woman of the year award; Fred Curtis, sponsor and John McSweeney, chamber president.
Jonathan Keenan, business manager, Creacon Wellness Retreat, winner overall business of the year award; Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council district manager; Salvo Rizzo, Creacon Wellness Centre general manager and John McSweeney, Chamber president.
FRONT: Sean Connick, JFK Trust, sponsor and Philip Doyle from Doyle & Partners, winner, professional services award. Back: Willie Fitzharris, cathaoirleach; Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council district manager and John McSweeney, Chamber president.
Willie Fitzharris, Cathaoirleach; Sinead Casey, Wexford County Council district manager; Geraldine Morey and Sonya Nolan, New Ross Boat Club, winner, sports club of the year; Jonathan Keenan, Creacon Wellness Centre, sponsor; Janet Walsh, New Ross Boat Club and John McSweeney, Chamber president.
All the award winners and sponsors.

David Looby

Mary Browne was recognised for her contribution to the town over many years by being named New Ross Person of the Year at the chamber of commerce business awards on Saturday night.

Mary, who is a well-known photographer working for the New Ross Standard and for Browne's Photography on Bridge Street, said she was honoured to receive the award, a custom made trophy piece of cut glass by world renowned crystal glass sculptor Fred Curis from Bannow Bay, who made all the trophies. The prize for Overall Business of the Year went to Creacon Lodge Wellness Centre, which also won the Best in Tourism award.

The public were asked to submit nominations for someone whom they felt deserved to win the New Ross District Person of the Year Award and the winner was selected by an independent panel. The judges said: 'Mary is dedicated to the promotion and betterment of New Ross and the surrounding district; from her longstanding involvement with the Chamber of Commerce and promotion of business throughout the town to her musical involvement with the folk choir; from her involvement with St. Michael's Theatre to her work with the New Ross Lions Club - and now Chair of that wonderful organisation; from her charitable works to her involvement in the school's parent council and Board of Management; Mary's commitment to the town and district, its people and its promotion is outstanding and all goes to make her a most worthy recipient.'

This year the award was once again sponsored by awards media partners, the New Ross Standard.

174 business and community people from across the district attended the night, enjoying a fantastic meal and entertainment.

MC Alan Corcoran welcome everyone to the event and Alan Ennis, one of the awards judges, said the standard of entries was so high this year it made it extremely difficult to choose winners across the 12 categories.

New Ross Boat Club won the Best Sports Club award to great cheers. Ann Marie Finn was cheered to the awards podium twice, winning Best Social Media award and Business Woman of the Year for 2017. The Dunbrody Visitor Centre won the Best in Retail award.

Colette O'Donoghue won the Employee of the Year trophy. The Small Business of the Year award went to Loftus Hall and the Professional services award was presented to Doyle & Partners Integrated Design Ltd.

The Community & Social Enterprise award was presented to New Ross Credit Union and the Best New Start-Up award was awarded to The Clothesline Boutique. Chamber President John McSweeney thanked the main sponsors Wexford County Council. He said the awards give the chamber the opportunity to celebrate what is good about business and community in New Ross. Mr McSweeney spoke of the positive role the new ring road will have on the town and district and of positive signs in the local economy.

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