Tuesday 23 January 2018

10 Irish women who owned 2016

(L to R) Ruth Negga, Vogue Williams and Elaine Crowley
(L to R) Ruth Negga, Vogue Williams and Elaine Crowley
Irish actress Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga attends an official Academy Screening of LOVING hosted by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on October 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences )
Workaholic: Model Vogue Williams Photo: Kip Carroll
Actress Ruth Negga attends the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Warcraft at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 6, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
Oonagh O'Hagan, founder and MD of Meaghers Pharmacy group, who was named entrepreneur of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Tara O’Farrell & Charlotte Tilbury at the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Event at Brown Thomas. Picture: Anthony Woods
Elaine Crowley arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA Gala Television Awards at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Michael Chester
Elaine Crowley will be going on a health kick
Tara O'Farrell at Bridal Bootcamp hosted by Independent.ie Style at the gibson Hotel Dublin. Picture: Justin Farrelly
Pippa O'Connor at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
Simple tips to love beautifully by Pippa O'Connor
Intriguing: Cork's Ann Marie Corbett.
Ruth Negga on the cover of Vogue
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Ruth Negga

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Red carpet: Ruth Negga poses during a photocall for the film Loving in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

It's Ruth Negga's world and we're all just living it. This Ethiopian-Irish actress had the most successful year of her career to date and if that much-hyped Best Actress Oscar nod comes in early 2017,  it's only going to get better.

The Limerick native (35) is earning rave reviews for her performance as Mildred Loving in Loving and she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her troubles. Oh, and she appeared on the January cover of US Vogue - one of only a handful of Irish women to have ever done so.

Pippa O'Connor

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Pippa O'Connor at the RHA last week. Photo: Brian McEvoy
 

With a best-selling lifestyle book, the launch of her denim range POCO by Pippa and the successful expansion of her lifestyle empire, Pippa had her busiest year yet. Not to mention she gave birth to her second child Louis in May.

The mother-of-two has come a long way from her days posing with inflatable mobile phones at Stephen's Green in the early days of her modelling career. Pippa has the midas touch and we can't wait to see what 2017 holds.

Vogue Williams

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Workaholic: Model Vogue Williams Photo: Kip Carroll
 

Say what you want about Vogue Williams, but she was a powerhouse on Irish screens this year. Her latest series Vogue Williams: On The Edge earned rave reviews and she confirmed in December she would be appearing in Channel 4's The Jump in January.

And thanks to a short-lived romance with Laurence Fox, she is finally shaking her tag as 'Brian McFadden's ex' and being recognised for her own talents.

Joanne Hynes

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Renowned fashion designer Joanne Hynes unveiled her first collection for Irish retailer Dunnes Stores. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
 

This Irish designer's unique pieces have long been a cult favourite among celebrities here and abroad, but she got mainstream recognition when her collection was picked up in Dunnes Stores.

Joining Paul Costelloe, Paul Galvin and Lennon Courtney among its roster of homegrown designers, the collection marked an important, not to mention lucrative, shift in her career.

"It is such an important part of Irish society; the brand is going through a major transformation currently, embracing newness and innovation so it is perfect timing for me as a designer to be welcomed into the company and to be given the autonomy to bring the quintessential Joanne Hynes look and DNA to the store and to the customer."

Lisa Hannigan

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Lisa Hannigan is an extraordinary artist and woman who doesn’t do shallow
 

Lisa Hannigan is no stranger to the rigours of gigging, but 2016 marked a turning point in her career. She announced her US tour dates for February and will be joining Bon Ivor on stage at Forbidden Fruit next summer after finally cracking the UK this year.

We're prepared for an international invasion next year.

Tara Anderson (nee O'Farrell)

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Tara O’Farrell at the exclusive Boots Christmas preview event in the RHA Gallery in Dublin. Picture: Anthony Woods
 

This model/makeup artist/influencer is one of the hardest working women around. Earlier this year, she announced she was entirely booked out for weddings until 2018 and has successfully toured the country as part of Pippa O'Connor's Fashion Factories as well as soft-launching her own workshop.

Her down-to-earth nature makes her a favourite among her 80,000 Instagram followers, all of whom are still consuming pictures from her August wedding with gusto. Tara exchanged vows with long-term Daniel in one of the celebrity weddings of the year.

Elaine Crowley

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Elaine Crowley will be going on a health kick
 

After another successful year at the helm of TV3's Midday, Crowley ended her year with the news she was taking on a new show, with a new format - simply titled Elaine - which would appear at 3pm.

Not only did she survive the UTV Ireland/TV3 merger, she thrived. Details of the new programme are under wraps, but it's no secret we're fans of tv presenter's quick wit and we're excited for January.

Oonagh O'Hagan

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Oonagh O'Hagan, founder and MD of Meaghers Pharmacy group, who was named entrepreneur of the year at the 2016 IMAGE Businesswoman of the Year Awards in Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers
 

Meagher's Pharmacy entrepreneur has been one of Ireland's most successful businesswomen since purchasing her first store in 2001. With the launch of its website and a Image Businesswoman of the Year award nod, it's been a year of wins for the Tyrone native.

Ann Marie Corbett

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Intriguing: Cork's Ann Marie Corbett.
 

Cork's Ann Marie Corbett made every '90s girl's dreams a reality when she launched her successful tech-enabled dressing room, aptly titled Ann Marie's Dressing Room, earlier this year.

On visiting the site, users can choose their skin tone, hair style and colour, and can upload a picture of their own face or use the model provided.

At the moment, the site is still in its early stages, and the options for skin tone are quite limited, as well as offering just one option for the mannequin’s body, but Ann Marie says they may look into the possibility of allowing users to enter their height, weight and bra sizes in future.

Cher Horowitz would be well jel.

Wallis Bird

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Wallis Bird

Wallis is still revelling in the success of her album Home and riding high after sold-out gigs at Vicar Street in Dublin and the Roisin Dubh in Galway. Next year, she's touring Europe with her fifth album. Not too shabby at all.

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