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The finalists in each of the 11 awards categories for this year’s Southern Star West Cork Business & Tourism Awards have been announced.

Once again there was a fantastic response to the awards, which are being run in association with Cork County Council, with almost 140 entries received from 111 different businesses and organisations throughout the region. 

The panel of six judges had a tough task due to the high standard of entries and shortlisted three finalists for each category, rising to four in some where the standard of entries was simply too high to choose.  

The finalists pitched their businesses to the judges at the ‘Pitch Night’ which was held at AIB Bandon on Monday October 21st, which was a fantastic night, with some very inspiring presentations.  Following this, the judges had the unenviable task of choosing just 1 winner for each category and an overall West Cork Business of the Year and these will be announced at a special Gala Awards Dinner at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Hotel on Friday 29th November, with TV presenter Síle Seoige as guest MC. The evening kicks off with a drinks reception followed by a four course meal, and the awards presentations will include an overall West Cork Business of the Year award, an Outstanding West Cork Business Ambassador award and new for this year, a special Fáilte Ireland backed award for Best West Cork Wild Atlantic Way Business.  

All finalists and category sponsors will receive two complimentary tickets to the Gala Awards Dinner and there is an opportunity to buy additional tickets for staff.  Please note there are limited additional tickets available.  To book tickets contact Jennifer Barron (Jennifer.barron@southernstar.ie or 028 - 21200) as soon as possible.

All category finalists will be profiled in a special awards supplement which will be published in The Southern Star on Thursday 21st November.

Finally, new for this year, is the opportunity to take it one step further.  The winner of the West Cork Business of the Year will go up against equivalent winners from North Cork and East Cork for the coveted title of overall Cork County Business of the Year. This will take place at a glamorous luncheon in Cork City in January.

The Judges

We’re delighted to announce our 2019 judges

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Chief Executive

Ludgate Hub

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Deirdre O’Mahony

Senior Enterprise Development Officer

Cork County Council


John O’Doherty

Head of AIB



Rose Carroll

Head of Tourism

Cork County Council

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Cormac Fitzgerald

Managing Partner

Fitzgerald & Partners.

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Des O’Dowd


Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa

Partners & Sponsors


Awards Category Sponsors

Thank you to each of our category sponsors for supporting the 'West Cork Business & Tourism Awards 2019'

west Cork Finalists Announced

Best Artisan Food Producer

Sponsored by Clonakilty Black Pudding

Regale Biscuit Company

The Eccles Hotel

KoKo Kinsale

Best Customer Service

Sponsored byTrigon Hotels

Oak Fire Pizza

The West Cork Hotel

The Blue Haven

Best Marketing Initiative

Sponsored by Dan Seaman Motors

McCarthy & Co

Bandon Co-op

Rowex Ltd

Best New Business

Sponsored by Blueprint Financial Planning


Swiftfox Apps

CL HR Consultancy

Best Not for Profit Organisation

Sponsored by Eli Lilly

Lusitania Museum Old Head Tower

Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business

The Ludgate Hub

Best Use of Digital

Sponsored by xSellco

McCarthy & Co

Kinsale College of Further Education


Best SME

Sponsored by AIB

Keohane Seafood 

Keohane Readymix

O’Donnell Design Ltd

Most Innovative/Unique Business

Sponsored by Fitzgerald & Partners and the Blue Haven Hotel 

Castle Concrete Products Ltd

Six West

The Water School

Kinsale Mead Company

Best West Cork Festival

Sponsored by Collins Brooks & Associates

Fastnet Film Festival

Ballydehob Jazz Festival

Skibbereen Arts Festival

Best Tourism Experience

Sponsored by Cork Airport

Skibbereen Heritage Centre

Allihies Copper Mine Museum

Clonakilty Distillery

West Cork Young Business Person of the Year

Sponsored by Skibbereen & Bandon Credit Union

David Forde, GameFace Sailing

James Gale, Swiftfox Apps

Aaron O’Sullivan, Bantry Bay Boat Hire

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