Judging underway in National Enterprise Town Awards

Judging underway in National Enterprise Town Awards



The judging panel for the 2019 Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards is visiting two Clare towns over the coming weeks, giving business and community groups an opportunity to showcase the spirit of enterprise in their local area.

Ennis and Kilrush are competing against towns from across the country that have been nominated by local authorities and their Local Enterprise Offices or recommended by the public. The judging process will cover a wide range of areas including local enterprise initiatives, attractiveness of the town, enterprise partnerships, town leadership, overall community support as well as efforts to foster better inclusion and diversity.

Today, the judges will visit Kilrush in the morning and Ennis in the afternoon.

A total awards prize fund of almost €200,000 will be shared by 40 towns including the overall national winner and the winner of the “Rising Star” category.

Commenting ahead of the judging process, Eamonn Corcoran, Head of Bank of Ireland for Clare said: “Clare is very well represented in this year’s Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards and the judges will have the opportunity to see the strong spirit of enterprise that exists in the two towns they will be visiting.

Enabling communities and business to thrive is at the heart of what we do at Bank of Ireland and the National Enterprise Town Awards are a chance for us to recognise and reward the spirit of enterprise across the country. We value the support of Clare County Council and its Local Enterprise Office and I wish the Clare nominees the best of luck for the judges’ visit and for the awards ceremony later in the year.”

The National Enterprise Town Awards are part of Bank of Ireland’s €1.2 million investment in enterprise development within communities across Ireland this year. The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Co. Kilkenny on 5 December 2019.

Here is a list of the towns, villages and city areas that will be visited by the judges:


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.