Castlemartyr Resort Scoops East Cork Business of the Year at East Cork Business and Tourism Awards

By Seamus Whelehan

The Mayor of Cork County Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan and Cief Executive of Cork County Council MrTim Lucey presenting the award for 'The Overall Best East Cork Business' to the 'Castlemartyr Resort'

Castlemartyr Resort has been awarded the East Cork Business of the Year at the East Cork Business and Tourism Awards, as well as winning Best Customer Service. The Awards Ceremony was held in the Garryvoe Hotel on Saturday night last with Síle Seoige as guest MC. Organised by Cork County Council with associate sponsors AIB and media sponsors East Cork Journal, The East Cork Business and Tourism Awards recognise the best of what East Cork has to offer. Over 100 entries were received across 10 categories, with 66 businesses taking part in the inaugural event. A panel of six judges - Louise Wilson (Editor –East Cork Journal), Sandra Murphy (Trident Hotel Group), Sile Walsh ( Rose Carroll (Head of Tourism at Cork County Council), Deirdre O’ Mahony (Senior Enterprise Development Officer Cork County Council) and John O’Doherty (Head of AIB), had the unenviable task of shortlisting 3 entrants in each category, who then went on to pitch their business at an event in AIB Midleton last month. The winners on Saturday night were:
Best Customer Service Castlemartyr Resort. Best Marketing Initiative Sponsored by Declan Woulfe Construction Leahy’s Open Farm. Best New Business Sponsored by Jameson Distillery,The Trawl Door. Best Not for Profit Organisation Sponsored by Midleton Credit Union, Árd na Mara Respite Service. Best Use of Digital Sponsored by CEA Engineers and Architects, CF Lennox. Best SME Sponsored by AIB Garryvoe Hotel. Most Innovative/Unique Business Sponsored by the East Cork Journal Joe’s Farm Crisps. Best East Cork Festival Sponsored by the East Cork Journal, Queen of the Sea. Best Tourism Experience Sponsored by Midleton Healthy Hub, Town of Cobh. East Cork Young Business Person of the Year Sponsored by the Garryvoe Hotel, Irene Heredia - PQR Ireland Ltd, T/A Generation.
Three extra awards were also presented on the evening- Best Pitch of the Night Sponsored by AIB Denbarr Jewellers. County Mayor’s Award for Overall East Cork Ambassador Award went to Kevin Aherne (Sage). East Cork Business of the Year Castlemartyr Resort.
Joanne Delaney (East Cork Journal Sales and Marketing Manager) said the Awards evening was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all that is great about East Cork. “I think I can speak for everyone who attended the evening when I say it was an amazing night, with a wonderful meal, and accompanied by very talented people, We are lucky to have such a talented and passionate business community, and it is the community that is adding value to our area everyday”.