Rugby hero picks up business prize

Mick Galwey the representative for Netwatch

Colm Lambert

Former international rugby star and All-Ireland football winner with his native Kerry, Mick Galwey, picked up many accolades on the field of play during his sporting career, but last week he collected one from the business world.

'Gallimh' was among the representatives of his employers, Carlow-based security surveillance company Netwatch, at the Ulster Bank Business Achiever Awards 2015, where they were announced as winners of the 'International Business' award.

The ceremony was held in the Mansion House in Dublin and it toasted the cream of the crop in Irish business, with winners coming from all four provinces.

Netwatch was one of two winners from Leinster, with the other being the Rye River Brewing Company from Kilcock in Co. Kildare, which won the 'Business Start Up' award.

This year's awards scheme, which was run in association with the Irish Independent, Enterprise Ireland, and InterTradeIreland, attracted a record 676 entries in all, across eight different categories.

Netwatch were honoured with the International Business award in recognition of the company's wide reach from its base at Cúram House on the Athy Road.

Established in Carlow in 2003, Netwatch deploys the most advanced video processing technologies to proactively monitor and protect their client's properties and assets. Netwatch's technology and service is unique as it proactively protects properties using live audio warnings to ward off intruders.

Intervention Specialists direct the operations remotely from the Netwatch Communication Hub in Carlow, visually verifying the intruders, and intervene as soon as security is breached by verbally alerting the intruders they are being watched. Netwatch have over 160 staff members across Irish, UK and USA offices.