Two Waterford businesswomen took home awards from the Network Ireland’s Business Woman of the Year Awards which took place on Oct 7th. The National Conference and Awards Ceremony was hosted by broadcaster Mary Kennedy and took place in Salthill in Galway.

Ann Marie Shannon, Director & Co-owner of Veritas Chartered Accountants and Registered Auditors was awarded “Judges Special Recognition Award” in the Emerging New Business Awards;

‘Network Ireland has taken me on a fabulous journey of self-development and promotion this past year through its ethos of women supporting each other in business. Network Ireland Waterford’s unwavering encouragement and support copper-fastened my determination & resiliency furthering the success of my business. To draw close to what has been an exciting year of involvement with Network Ireland, I was thrilled when I received the Judges’ Special Recognition Award this month in Salthill, Galway. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of such a wonderful experience all the while making life-long friendships with awe-inspiring women across the country.’

Karen Murphy of Murphy Larkin Timber Products was awarded “National Highly Commended”, in the Employee Shining Star Awards;

“I’m immensely thankful to Network Ireland for this Highly Commended accolade. I would like to extend my gratitude to the inspirational group of Waterford who offered me their support and encouragement during the process. Awards at this calibre create a real sense of self-belief and offer motivation and empowerment for all women in business. #Powerofbelief is well and truly instilled!”

A total of 350 applications were put forward for this year’s awards through 14 regional branches of Network Ireland and the awards were selected from 71 women on the awards shortlist.

Ann Marie and Karen were winners in their categories in the Network Ireland Waterford Businesswoman of the year awards in Waterford Castle in May this year.

The conference and awards ceremony is an annual event bringing business women together from around the country. President of Network Ireland Waterford, Margaret Julian said “this year’s event had speakers who brought both inspiration and uplift to the room. The theme was the “Power of Belief” which is a very powerful emotion and is certainly the driver behind so many businesses, so it was wonderful to hear the backstories”.

“We were delighted to bring home two very worthy awards for the Waterford Branch, our finalists and members in the Waterford branch supported each other through the process, so it really was a win for everyone, she said.

Network Ireland Waterford branch are looking forward to their upcoming Network Brunch for Science Week which is taking place in The Granville Hotel November 10th @ 11am. They are welcoming special guest Speaker SETU President Professor Veronica Campbell. Tickets are available through Eventbrite, for more information please email