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Seamus Doran assistant Head of Economic Development & Enterprise, Melissa Doyle business advisor and Sile Seoige event MC

By Suzanne Pender

THE finalists in an awards ceremony aimed at celebrating, acknowledging and awarding the professional achievements of Co Carlow’s female entrepreneurs have been named.

Over the last month, female entrepreneurs in the county have been putting themselves forward for Carlow’s first Powerhouse Awards event.

With over 50 entries from female entrepreneurs showcasing their companies and recognising their own great achievements, the first Powerhouse Awards event is shaping up to be a huge success.

The awards will be presented on Friday 18 November with MC Sile Seoige in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Carlow.

The applications were shortlisted by a panel of judges and the finalists will now compete in the following categories: Powerhouse – best newcomer/start-up of the year; Powerhouse – creativity award; Powerhouse – digital marketing award; Powerhouse – excellence in personal services, retail; Powerhouse – excellence in personal services; Powerhouse – Excellence in personal services for business.


Powerhouse – best newcomer/start-up of the year           

Anne-Marie Doran Amella Coaching and Consultancy; Emma Butler White, Meadow Interiors; Joanne Doyle, Enchanted Castle Melts; Lucy Gernon, Powerhouse Revolution Coaching; Lynda Bolger, Flag Lane Marketing; Meg Doran, MD Hair; Tamara Seerkissoon, Tamara Seerkissoon Art & Coaching.
Powerhouse – Creativity Award

Ciara Stanley, Ardattin Embroidery; Kim Mackenzie-Doyle, The Big Idea House; Konstantina Papalexandri, Konstantina Papalexandri; Miriam Lloyd, Christening Generations; Rachel Doyle, Rara Photography.
Powerhouse – Digital Marketing Award

Caitriona Cullen Nurseries; Nicola Brown, Nicola Brown Limited; Sandra Nolan, PRETTYMESS; Ethel Murphy Corr, Tip Top Toes shoes for kids.
Powerhouse – Excellence in Personal Services – Retail

Debbie Robinson, Nursery Rhymes; Liliana Cachia, Sweet Baking Mama; Aisling Lacey Dame and Perdy & Polly; Leanne Delaney, Obsession Bridal & Evening Wear; Ethel Murphy Corr, Tip Top Toes shoes for kids.
Powerhouse – Excellence in Personal Services

Caroline Davis, Caroline Breast Care; Delia Nicolcea, ND Clinic Beauty & Holistic Center; Maya Dzianach, Kobido Ireland; Sarah Alcock, Prime Fit by Sarah; Vanilla Hair Design.

Powerhouse – Excellence in personal services for business                 

Riona Ní Mhuireartaigh, Carlow Physiotherapy; Jane Kavanagh, Feedalpha; Caroline Lochab, Lochab CV & Interview Clinic; Norah Ryan, Barrow Consultancy and Training; Nicola Bolger, Active Life Physiotherapy.

Speaking about the event, cllr Brian O’Donoghue, cathaoirleach of Carlow County Council said Powerhouse Women in Business has been a very successful network over the last year, with many businesswomen growing their networks and making new connections.

Melissa Doyle, co-ordinator of the Powerhouse Women in Business Network on behalf of Carlow County Council’s Local Enterprise Office, said she was delighted to see so many businesswomen taking part in the awards, as it not only helps to improve the credibility of the business but also recognises the hard work of their staff and increases attraction, which can lead to more sales.

“I would like to wish each female entrepreneur the very best of luck on the night,” said Ms Doyle.
As part of the awards, the community at large can assist with judging in the people’s choice award and voting is now open on



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