EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme passionately believes in promoting entrepreneurship across the island of Ireland and empowering entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in Ireland, Northern Ireland and around the world.

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Representing the best of entrepreneurship

Starting at the regional and country level, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year honors leaders who demonstrate excellence in areas such as innovation, financial performance, social responsibility, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. ​​

Each annual program concludes with a competition and announcement of category winners — such as industry and innovation winners — and an overall winner. Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges who are successful, innovative entrepreneurs themselves. ​

Overall program winners go on to represent their country or territory in the ultimate global competition for entrepreneurs: EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland programme not only ensures national and international recognition for successful finalists and Alumni but also provides invaluable networking and business opportunities within a growing, 600+ strong EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Ireland Alumni community.

Recognising the best and brightest

Now in its 27th year, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year ™ Ireland programme operates across all 32 counties on the island of Ireland.

By participating in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme, entrepreneurs can connect with their peers, access relevant insights to help navigate their growth journey and raise the profile of their companies and teams. Each programme culminates in the announcement of an overall winner who the competes for the prestigious EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award.

Winner testimonials

Sam Moffett EOY awards

2023 Overall Winner, Sam Moffett, Moffett Automated Storage

"Being selected as a finalist was an honour and winning was a dream come true, but the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme is so much more than an awards ceremony. It connects an incredible group of entrepreneurs from so many different sectors. Everyone in the alumni group understands the highs and lows of running a business and we all support each other. Being part of this community is invaluable."

Martin McKay

2022 Overall Winner - Martin McKay, Texthelp

“Entrepreneurship is a challenging and exciting thing to have in your life. It is not for everybody. The EOY program brings 24 like-minded people together for an incredible year of learning. I was hugely honoured to win in 2022, and have made friends for life with an outstanding group of people.”

Brian O'Sullivan

2021 Overall Winner – Brian O’Sullivan, Zeus Packaging 

“Entrepreneurs tend to be obsessive and when we set our sights on a goal, we put all our energies into reaching it. Being named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career, validating years of hard work and ambition, and opening up a whole new business network for Zeus.”

Aimee Connolly

2021 Emerging Winner – Aimee Connolly, Sculpted By Aimee 

“The EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme was such a scary thought to me at first but has turned out to be one of best things I have ever done. Not only do you meet brilliant people along the way, you push yourself from a business leader sense and most importantly there is a real sense of community that I think is very rare and special.”

2020 Overall Winner – Nicola Mitchell, Life Scientific 

“Entrepreneurs are never satisfied, never feel good enough; so even though I’ve dreamed of winning all my life, it’s not about winning, it’s about the (at times difficult) journey (who likes being judged!) and all the courageous entrepreneurs I’ve met along the way – all of whom inspire me to do better, and especially those unable to do what they do and be who they are, because of COVID.”

2019 Overall Winner – Richard Kennedy, Devenish

“EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ is the most valuable and enjoyable business network I have ever been part of. To anyone considering getting involved, I would say – go for it! The people you meet, friends you make and experiences you have are truly enriching - it is a unique opportunity to grow, both professionally and personally.”

Meet Our Previous EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Finalists

  • 2023



    Sam Moffett Moffett Automated Storage
    Ray Nangle & Geraldine Killian The Lunch Bag
    Deirdre & Helen O'Neill Hertility
    Chris Kelly EasyGo
    Declan Wynne Skanstec Engineering
    Rosie Connolly & Paul Quinn 4TH ARQ
    Fiona Parfrey, Lauren Duggan & Aine Kilkenny Riley
    Charles Cosgrave Village Vets
    John Desmond & John O'Callaghan Cygnum Timber Frame
    Douglas Adams Connected Health
    Ciaran Marron Activ8 Solar Energies
    Sheena Bailey & Louella Morton TestReach
    David Beggs Pure Pharmacy
    Lorraine Heskin Gourmet Food Parlour
    Michael McCambridge McCambridges
    Tom Walsh Staycity
    Tom Keogh Keogh's Crisps
    Abhilash Borana Failte Solar
    Ted Wright Writech Industrial Services Ltd
    Neil Skeffington Novelplast 
    Brian Fahey MyComplianceOffice 
    Nick Keegan Mail Metrics
    Andrew Woods Catagen
  • 2022



    John Harkin

    Alchemy Technology Services Ltd

    Alan Carson


    Caroline Dunlea

    Core Optimisation

    Helen Cahill


    Stephen Nolan


    Fionn Lahart & Christoph Hennersperger


    Evelyn Kelly

    Orphan Drug Consulting Ltd

    Tom O’Connor & Kieran Cusack

    Conack Construction Ltd

    Harriet Dunne

    ICE Comfort Slat Mats Ltd

    Louis Copeland

    Louis Copeland & Sons Ltd

    Andrew Lynas

    Lynas Foodservice

    Michelle Daly

    P&G Cards Ltd

    Alan Browne


    Cathal Fay

    PrePay Power

    Paul Stewart


    Justin Lawless


    John T. O’Sullivan


    Gregory Bradley


    Michael Dixon

    Dixon International Logistics Ltd

    Jacqueline O’Reilly


    Mick G. Slein

    LED Group ROBUS

    Jamie O’Rourke


    Martin McKay

    Texthelp Ltd

    Jack Pierse & Aidan Corbett


  • 2021



    Aimee Connolly  Sculpted By Aimee
    Chupi Sweetman  Chupi
    Conor & James McCarthy  Flipdish
    John Browne  Kastus
    Lisa & Vanessa Creaven  Spotlight Oral Care
    Niall Horgan & Diarmuid McSweeney  Gym+Coffee
    Roisin Molloy  TriMedika Ltd
    Xuemei Germaine  MicroGen BioTech  
    Brody Sweeney  Camile Thai
    David Henderson  Tobermore Concrete Ltd
    Dominic Walsh   Hospital Services Ltd (HSL)
    Fergus Naughton  ROSS Engineering Services
    Jim Darragh  Total Mobile
    Joseph Doherty  Regen Waste
    Michael McKinney  Inishowen Engineering Manufacturing Ltd
    Oonagh O'Hagan  Meaghers Pharmacy
    Brian & Jackie Reid  Deli Lites (Ireland) Ltd
    Brian O' Sullivan  Zeus Packaging
    Colin Lynch  Electronic Product Services Ltd (EPS)
    Karl McHugh  Atlantic Dawn Unlimited Company
    Kevin Brennan  Modubuild Ltd
    Michael Burke  Chanelle Pharma Unlimited Company
    Peter Foley  LetsGetChecked
  • 2020



    Brendan McDowell

    BPerfect Cosmetics

    Devan Hughes


    Gary Wickham


    John Goulding; Joe Lennon


    Leonora O’Brien


    Matt Cooper


    Ríona Ní Ghriallais; Conor Harkin


    Dr. Sinéad B. Bleiel

    AnaBio Technologies Ltd

    Antonia Hendron

    M50 Truck and Van Centre

    Cormac McCloskey

    Errigal Contracts Ltd

    Ed Donovan

    Advanced Medical Services

    Frank & Dolores Kiernan

    Kiernan Structural Steel Ltd

    John O’Connell

    West Cork Distillers

    Kevin O’Connor

    General Paints Group

    Paul & Neil Fitzgibbon

    Ard Ri Marble

    Seamus O’Hara

    Carlow Brewing Company

    Andrew Mackin


    Andrew O’Shaughnessy


    Cathal Friel

    Open Orphan Plc

    Conor O’Loughlin


    Nicola Mitchell

    Life Scientific

    Pat Lucey


    Rodney Lowry

    Lowe Rental Ltd

    Tim Houstoun

    Global Shares

  • 2019

    Name Company
    Una Kearns; Peter Kearns The Institute Of Education
    Triona Mullane mAdme Technologies
    Tom Cronin Rye River Brewing Company
    Timothy McElroy; James McElroy HouseMyDog
    Sonia Deasy Pestle & Mortar
    Simon Murray; Mervyn O'Callaghan Provision Cameramatics
    Shane Evans Scrapinghub
    Richard Kennedy Devenish
    Philip Noone Aalto Bio
    Paul McKenna mac-group
    Patrick Derry DRT (NI) Limited
    Pat McDonagh Supermacs (Holdings) Ltd
    Matt Ryan Press Up Entertainment Group
    Mark Dowds Trov
    Mark Whitaker Johnson & Perrott Ltd
    Lulu O'Sullivan GiftsDirect.com/TheIrishStore.com
    Lily Holmes PB Machine Tech
    Laurence O'Kane IMED Healthcare
    John Mullins Amarenco Solar 
    Ian Nolan; Alex Kelly Brightflag
    Donnacha Hurley Motor Mania Limited
    Brian Leslie Seaquest Systems
    Ashley McCulla McCulla (Ireland) Ltd
    Andrew Day Keywords Studios
  • 2018

    Name Company
    Vicki O'Toole JJ O'Toole Ltd.
    Tony Richardson Venn Life Sciences
    Sandra Whelan; David Whelan VR Education Holdings plc
    Ray Cole Virginia International Logistics
    Rachel Doyle  Arboretum
    Peter Coppinger; Daniel Mackey Teamwork.com
    Peter Keeling Diaceutics 
    Pat Rigney The Shed Distillery of P.J. Rigney
    Pat Lynch; Damien McGovern Compliance & Risks
    Paddy Finn Electricity Exchange 
    P.J. Flanagan H&MV Engineering Limited
    Noel O'Hanlon Genesis Automation
    Mary McKenna Tour America/Cruise Holidays
    Louise  Kennedy Louise Kennedy
    Joe Wiley Amryt Pharma plc
    Gareth  Chambers Around Noon
    Eoin Leonard i3PT Certification
    Elaine  Sullivan Carrick Therapeutics
    Eibhlin Murphy; Áine  Lecky Major Equipment (Intl) Limited
    Dominic  Fitzpatrick The Irish News 
    David Maxwell Boojum
    Darragh McCarthy  FinTrU
    Damien McGovern Compliance & Risks
    Bill Wolsey The Beannchor Group
    Barry Napier Cubic Telecom
  • 2017

    Name Company
    Trevor Annon Mount Charles
    Samuel  Dennigan Strong Roots
    Roisin Callaghan; Jane Gallagher Cogs & Marvel
    Ramona Nicholas Cara Pharmacy
    Patrick McAliskey Novosco
    Patrick McCann Simplyfruit (Ire) Ltd.
    Niamh Sherwin-Barry; Aoife  Lawler The Irish Fairy Door Company
    Niall  McGarry Maximum Media/JOE Media
    Mark Barrett APC
    Louis Keating L&M Keating Ltd.
    Kevin O'Loughlin Nostra
    Jim Burke GoBus.ie
    Jack Teeling Teeling Whiskey Company
    Jack O'Connor; Declan O'Connor BHSL
    Ian  McKenna eLight
    Harry Hughes Portwest
    Gary Irwin; Andrew Irwin Bedeck
    Frances McArdle; Fergus McArdle Height for Hire
    Evelyn  O'Toole CLS
    Darragh Cullen Edge Innovate
    Daithi O'Connor Revive Active
    Ciara  Donlon THEYA Healthcare
    Brendan Monaghan Neueda
    Alan Foy Blueface
  • 2016

    Name Company
    Suresh Tharma; Ashok Songra 3fivetwo Group
    Stephen Smith Kitman Labs
    Stephen Vernon Green Property
    Sean McAllister; Leona McAllister PlotBox
    Paul Quigley; Andrew Mullaney NewsWhip Media
    Noel Moran Prepaid Financial Services and eCOMM Merchant Solutions
    Niall Stringer; Gillian Maxwell Tiger Stores
    Maurice Healy The Healy Group
    MarkMcCloskey Oneview Healthcare PLC
    Louise Grubb Q1 Scientific
    Leslie Codd Codd Mushrooms
    Kieran O'Keeffe MobileWebAdz
    John Moore 3D4Medical
    Jimmy McGee Athlone Extrusions
    Jim Wright JMW Farms
    James Leckey Leckey
    Gavan Walsh iCabbi
    Gareth Loye M&M Contractors
    Eamon Donnelly Uform
    Colin Culliton TPI Group
    Clodagh Cavanagh Abbey Machinery
    Ciara Clancy Beats Medical
    Brian Lee Freshly Chopped
    Brendan Mooney Kainos Group plc
  • 2015

    Name Company
    Terry Knox CD Group
    Sean Brett Steeltech Sheds
    Sean O'Sullivan SOSV
    Ross Kelly; Conor Crowley Vizor
    Paul Young Cartoon Saloon
    Patrick Collison; John Collison Stripe
    Padraig McBride Brandtone
    Morgan Browne Milner Browne
    Michael Hoyne Merlyn
    Michael O'Dwyer TyreCheck
    Kenneth Greene Greene Farm Foods
    Jack Dobson Dunbia
    Graham Stubbs Diona
    Frank  Madden Crest Solutions
    Eoin Goulding Integrity360
    Donald  Fitzmaurice Beechwood Consulting
    Denise Tormey PlanNet21
    Dave O'Flanagan Boxever
    Darragh Richardson Agile Networks
    Catherine O'Neill Amelio Group
    Brian Thornes X-Bolt Orthopaedics
    Ben Harris Drop
    Alyson Hogg Vita Liberata
    Alan Coleman Brite:Bill
    Alan Clarke STATSports Technologies Ltd


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