reland’s top business networkers were celebrated recently at a special awards ceremony hosted by BNI Ireland South and West in Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel, Adare. The awards were the culmination of more than six months of strong competition among thirty-eight BNI Chapters spanning 19 counties.
The Marina Chapter in Carrick-on-Shannon received the top award of Chapter of the Year having successfully surpassed all key performance tests as well as having a number of high achieving members. Marina was one of 17 chapters to make it to the final and are the first to be awarded the specially commissioned commemorative Maggie Bowen “Chapter of the Year” Award.
Individual members were also awarded with Finbarr Feely, Feelystone, of the Marina Chapter, Carrick-on-Shannon taking the prestigious award of Networker of the Year.
Brendan Lowe of Brendan Lowe and Sons, accident repair specialists and Director of the Marina Chapter, spoke of his delight at winning the prestigious award saying, “We are thrilled to receive the Chapter of the Year accolade and to receive this very special Maggie Bowen, award. We have outstanding members and this has been a group effort from our 42 members. I would also like to congratulate Finbarr on winning Networker of the Year.
“Our Chapter meet each Wednesday morning in the Bush Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon and anyone interested in growing and promoting their business can get in contact with me on 071-9621105 for more information”.
Speaking at the event, Sandra Hart, Executive Director of BNI Ireland South and West and Director of European Affairs, BNI said, “It is days like today that prove to us that business is very much alive and well in Ireland and awards like these should be held more often to remind everyone that Irish businesses are continuing to thrive. It is so easy to get caught up in the negative that we can forget to see the positives and today was all about positivity.
She continued, “Today was also extra special as we got the opportunity to remember our good friend Maggie Bowen who was a very much loved member of the BNI family who would have loved to be here celebrating with us today.”