Six local businesswomen crowned at Network Ireland Wicklow Awards

Network Ireland Wicklow Branch has announced the winners of the Wicklow Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2022.

Established in 1983, Network Ireland now has over 1,200 members across fifteen branches around Ireland. Members come from all areas of the business community, those running their businesses, both large and small and those working for corporate and small businesses.

This year, six individual awards were presented to outstanding female business leaders in their respective categories on the 22nd of May at an awards Gala held in the Druid’s Glen Hotel and Golf Resort, Newtownmountkennedy.

  • Sponsored by The Hearing Clinic, the Solo Businesswoman category was awarded to Niamh Hannan of Niamh Niamh is a Chartered Psychologist (PsSI) and a Professional Coach (ICF). Niamh is passionate about empowering leaders to escape self-doubt and stress and become clear and confident in who they are and their innate potential. 
  • Sponsored by XMedia, the Creative Professional category was awarded to Kathrina Shine of Gallery@No:5. Kathrina Shine is a multi-disciplinary artist, with a background in Architectural draughting, Theatre, Film, Fine Art Painting and Design. You can view Kathrina’s work at Gallery@No:5 (5 Main Street, Wicklow Town and
  • Sponsored by The Ultrasound Suite, the Emerging New Business category was awarded to Klara O’Leary of Care Box Collection ( Care Box Collection is a self-care and wellness gift boxing company producing unique, meaningful and bespoke gifts, for your loved ones or company team and delivering them directly across Ireland, UK and EU.
  • Sponsored by Orchard Print and Promotions, The Established Business category was awarded to Muireann Fitzmaurice of In 2020, Muireann launched a new digital agency, which builds online learning platforms for companies who want to see their content online, working with HR businesses, Leadership Coaches and Nutritionists.
  • Sponsored by McKenna Creative Marketing Solutions, the Employee Rising Star award was given to Simone McCann of Acornlife. Simone is a personal financial advisor who is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping others. Simone brings a wealth of life experiences and her goal is to take the “ick” out of financial planning, making it easy and comfortable as possible to plan your financial future.
  • Sponsored by Leane Empower, Network Ireland Wicklow crowned Sarah Ryan, The Style Coach ( as their Power Within champion for 2022. Sarah is passionate about helping women who have lots of clothes and nothing to wear to refine their style and increase their confidence. She uses a unique set of skills in styling and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to offer a range of holistic Style Coaching services.

Network Ireland Wicklow President Christina Clarkin said, “This year our judges were looking for women who understand their business, are passionate about what they do, and demonstrate a determination to succeed no matter what is thrown at them. Our finalists had these qualities by the bucketload which made the judging process really challenging this year! I’m absolutely inspired by our winners and congratulate them on everything they have achieved to date in their business, I can’t wait to see what they do next!”

Judging the awards were; Ciara O’Connor from East Coast FM, John Goodman from ESB, Orla Condon from AIB and Josh McKenna from McKenna Creative Marketing Solutions.

The Network Ireland Businesswoman of the Year Awards celebrates the excellence, professionalism, vision and Power within all of the women across Ireland. The Wicklow winners will now go forward to compete in the Network Ireland National Awards taking place on October 8th in Galway.

Become a Member of Network Ireland:

To become a member, please reach out to for more information.

Benefits of membership include:

•           Access to the monthly newsletter

•           Profile on social media

•           Access to a highly supportive WhatsApp group

•           Monthly coffee mornings

•           Pitch in Person opportunity

•           Monthly speaker events

•           National mentoring programme

•           Community and tribe to support you and your business succeed

•           Access to national Network Ireland events

Photo credit: Maebh Fitzpatrick Photography

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