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Local distiller PJ Rigney shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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Local distiller PJ Rigney shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

PJ Rigney opens a bottle of his new premium vodka brand - Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka

The countdown has begun for one entrepreneur based in Leitrim who will compete for the coveted title of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 on Thursday 25 October in Dublin.

Pat Rigney, The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, Drumsyhanbo, is among the 24 shortlisted Finalists. Collectively, they employ more than 2,700 people and generate annual revenues of €150m.

2018 marks the twenty-first anniversary of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in Ireland. The prestigious business awards programme is divided into three categories - Emerging, Industry and International - with eight finalists chosen per category.

The 24 finalists have been selected by an independent panel of judges made up of former EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winners including Anne Heraty, CEO of Cpl Resources plc and Chairperson of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Judging Panel.

Pat Rigney will compete in the Emerging category. His company, The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney, is the first distillery to open in Connacht for over a century. They produce gins, potato vodka, liqueurs, and hand-made Irish whiskeys.

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