Packed attendance for Wicklow business awards
Over 180 guests packed Tinakilly Country House Hotel last Friday night for the annual Business Awards organised by Wicklow Town and District Chamber.
Master of Ceremonies for the night was Rosie Cooney of AIB Bank. Chamber President, Robin Bradley, spoke about the progress the chamber and Town Team have achieved over the past year, such as funding for a new website, funding for a feasibility study for a Greenway between Wicklow town and Greystones, a public Realm funding to backlight major town sites, reviewing proposals for a Park and Ride facility in Wicklow town to alleviate traffic congestion on the N11 and securing of a bus route between Wicklow town and Glendalough to attract extra visitors to the town.
This year the Taste of Wicklow expanded to become a two day event and it now the largest food event in Leinster after the Taste of Dublin.
A very special presentation was awarded to Mervyn Morrison who passed away in 2017. Mr Morrison was known and respected throughout Wicklow.
'He was a great supporter and a very active member of Wicklow Rugby Club, Wicklow Rotary, Wicklow Cancer Support, and was for many years a key member of our Chamber,' said Mr Bradley. 'With Mervyn's passing Wicklow lost a real hero who worked steadfastly to create a more caring, stronger, dynamic and successful community. Our town and the community of Wicklow owe a great debt of gratitude to Mervyn'.
A memento to mark the occasion was presented to his wife Marie and their son Robbie.
This year's event also marked the 70th Anniversary of Wicklow Town and District Chamber of Commerce and to mark such a special occasion, eleven past Presidents were in attendance.
The big winners on the night were Best Retail Award - Compuworld; Best Eating/Pub/Hospitality Establishment Award- The Lighthouse Restaurant; Best New Business Award - Vital Health Cafe; Best Small and Medium Enterprise - Augustus Cullen Law; Special Recognition Award: Wicklow Hospice; Honouring Innovation & Entrepreneurship: KWETB; Honouring Excellence in the Community: Wicklow Tennis Club.
A special Anniversary Presentation was made to TJ Gelletlie and SV Delahunt who are celebrating 200 and 148 years respectively in business in Wicklow town.
€1,300 was donated to the Chamber's charity of choice for 2018 Wicklow RNLI from a collection held on the night.