Network Cork to take Business Awards to New Heights!

Network Cork to take Business Awards to New Heights!

The Network Cork 2010 Women in Business Awards were launched today with the announcement of an exciting new venue for the Awards Ceremony – Vertigo at Cork County Hall.  The event which will take place on Friday 7th May will see over 100 business women gather to discover who will win the coveted title of Cork’s Top Business Women of 2010.  MC and Awards Presenter will be TV Presenter Elaine Crowley.  Guest Speaker at the event will be another Cork born personality, Gerald Kean, one of Ireland’s top solicitors and Editor of Kean Business, Media Partner of the Event.

The Network Business Awards, which is organised by Network Cork, part of a national organisation for women in business, profession and the arts, is one of the main highlights of the organisation’s busy calendar.  This year’s event promises to be a very special occasion, thanks to the unique location for the Business Awards Lunch and also the high calibre of guest speakers that have been secured.

Network President Sandra Maher stated “The opportunity of hosting the event in the spectacular Vertigo at the County Hall was brought to us by one of the event’s sponsors Brook Catering and we jumped at the chance.  Where better to celebrate the great heights that Cork business women have achieved, than in one of the tallest venues in the country!  Also having Gerald Kean and Elaine Crowley participate adds so much more to the day.  Significantly they are both Cork born people who have reached the pinnacle of their professions and an inspiration to us all.”

Sharon O’Donoghue, Sales & Marketing Manager of Brook Catering stated “The Network Business Awards are a great opportunity to showcase the spectacular venue that is Vertigo.  We were recently awarded the catering contract at County Hall and we are delighted to be able to host such a prestigious occasion, giving Cork’s top business women a great day out as well as an opportunity to view one of Cork’s most unique venues first hand.”

Gerald Kean states, “I am delighted that Kean Business is the media partner for these awards and I am delighted to be part of a Network Women in Business event in Cork. I am looking forward to speaking at the event and wish everyone every success in the awards.”

The Network Business Awards Co-ordinator, Audrey Burke McCarthy, who was also present at the announcement, added “This year is going to be one of our best years yet.  We have received a terrific response to the awards.  The feedback from previous winners on how the awards made a real difference to their business has had the effect of business women entering in record numbers.  We have had a record number of submissions from businesses throughout Cork and I just know that the judges are going to have a very tough task selecting this year’s winners.”

As well as receiving the prestigious award and the opportunity of representing Network Cork at the national level in October, the winners will also receive numerous prizes, most of which have been generously sponsored by Network Cork members including:

  • Bespoke Network Cork Business Awards Trophy
  • A business profile and advertising worth €1,500 sponsored by RSVP/Kean Business
  • Exclusive business/marketing/web optimisation mentoring from a panel of experts
  • Prestigious health spa vouchers
  • Business Portraits

Although entries have now closed for the Awards, tickets for the Awards Luncheon are now on sale through Network Cork and are priced at €50 for Members and €55 for non members.  Tickets include a drinks reception, four course lunch with wine and lots of networking with some of Munster’s leading business women. For further information on the Awards visit or for tickets email



Editor’s NotesNetwork Cork provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the Arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts. It encourages women to achieve more satisfying careers and promotes women as worthy contributors to the Irish economy. It liaises with national and international organisations and creates links with Government and State bodies.

Network Cork holds monthly networking meetings where a guest speaker is invited to educate, inform and entertain on topics of interest to women. Members can develop and pool their individual skills through interaction with other women in a supportive environment which offers, training, mentoring and an opportunity for women who call on other members with specialist expertise for help. It also provides a forum for established women to develop professional and social contacts.Within the Network Ireland constitution, the organisation is committed to:

  • Provide a forum where women in Business, the Professions, and the Arts can exchange ideas and increase their business contacts
  • Encourage women to achieve more satisfying careers
  • Market the skills and expertise of Network members
  • Liaise with National Organisations
  • Promote women as worthy contributors to the Irish economy and decision-making bodies and liaise with National Organisations
  • Create links into local / national government and state bodies
  • Promote a high standard of ethics in business

• Through the joint effort of members to promote the welfare of the community

Kean Business Magazine is Irish solicitor and businessman Gerald Kean’s personal contribution to stimulating the Irish economy for the business sector and in particular the home, small and medium businesses of Ireland.  Part of the RSVP Media Group, Kean Business, under the direction of Gerald Kean is aiming to make the magazine the largest circulating business magazine on the island of Ireland and it is anticipated that up to 60,000 copies of the magazine will be in circulation within the first year of business. 

For further information on Kean Business and for subscription offers visit

Brook CateringUsing high quality meats, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables, dairy and bakery products, Brook Catering is one of Ireland’s leading outside and on-site catering companies.  Established in 2007 by Liam Murphy (Group Managing Director), Kieran Callinan (General Manager) and Sharon O’Donoghue (Sales & Marketing Manager), Brook Catering have offices in Cork and Dublin and are currently directly employing 46 people. They pride themselves on bringing a 5 star experience to any location where they operate. For further details visit


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