Another resounding success…

THE local trade and industry community gathered en masse last Friday night for this year’s Letterkenny Business Awards.

Celebrating the locality’s abundance of business talent and its entrepreneurial spirit, the gala event was the culmination of five month’s worth of nominations, short-listings and voting. At last, the winners of the ten prestigious categories were announced with Eddie Tobin of Tobin’s Service Station scooping the coveted Business Person of the Year award. (See box for full details of winners).

Eddie and Annette Tobin with Pat the Cope Gallagher, TD.

Eddie and Annette Tobin with Pat the Cope Gallagher, TD.


Organised jointly by the Donegal News and Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, the glamorous event was compered by local man Keith Fletcher with guest speakers, Councillor James Pat McDaid, Mayor of Letterkenny Municipal District, Councillor Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council, Columba Gill, Editor of the Donegal News and John Bowe, President of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce.

Columba Gill, Editor of the Donegal News said, “The gala night last Friday was a huge success for everyone concerned with the local business community being acknowledged for its dedication and entrepreneurialism.

“The Donegal News plays a pivotal role in the local community and backing initiatives such as the awards is crucial and we are delighted to be part of a hugely positive business event for the local area.”

John Bowe, President, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, hailed the evening as ‘an outstanding success,’ highlighting the business strength, creativity and success that exists throughout the local area. Mr Bowe said, “The Letterkenny Business Awards celebrate the wealth and diversity of the business talent and the entrepreneurial spirit that exists in Letterkenny. They demonstrate the confidence and pride that we have and they send a clear message to the wider community that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and Donegal is an exciting place to do business.”

The Gala ceremony was a fitting finale for the Business Awards that launched back in July when businesses and individuals were asked to nominate themselves or others. The awards process also included a judging panel, secret shoppers and a huge amount of in-paper publicity for all nominees shortlisted.

Demand for tickets was high as supporters turned out to back the nominees in search for glory and what a night it was with gongs handed out to all the winners and finalists.

The Winners