Top award for businesswoman Lynch

Women’s business organisation Network Ireland has named Natasha Lynch, the managing director of Essential French in Cork, as its self-employed business-woman of the year.

Edel McCabe, PR and marketing manager from Naas Racecourse, was named employed businesswoman of the year. Aileen Rogers, founder and owner of The Ready Girls in Dublin, was presented with the award for businesswo-man of the year with a new business.

Judging panel member Siobhan Woods said: “The support received through the Network Ireland members, as well as the organisation, was strongly felt by the judges.”

The awards were prese-nted at an event in The D Hotel, Drogheda, by TV presenter Sybil Mulcahy.

Network Ireland provides a forum where women in business, the professions, and the arts can exchange business ideas and make contacts. The event is supported by Enterprise Ireland female entrepreneurship programme, Louth County Enterprise, and the Sunday Business Post. The Women’s Fund at The Community Foundation for Ireland is the Network Ireland Charity of the Year 2012.

Cystic fibrosis campaigner Orla Tinsley was presented with the Trish Murphy Award, which recognises and celebrates an outstanding member of the community who have made significant contributions that have positively impacted their community.

Ms Murphy, a past Network Ireland Dublin branch president, passed away in 2010 from cancer.

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