Wexford loses out at Entrepreneur awards in Kilkenny Castle

By Esther Hayden

Published 27/10/2015 | 00:00

Cllr Tony Dempsey, Ian Coleman, Richard Murphy, Diarmaid Ó'Suilleabháin and Tom Banville LEO.
Cllr Tony Dempsey, Ian Coleman, Richard Murphy, Diarmaid Ó'Suilleabháin and Tom Banville LEO.

There was no Wexford winner at the regional final of Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur competition which took place in Kilkenny Castle last week.

Diarmaid Ó Súilleabháin, Ian Coleman and Richard Murphy who had been victorious at the county finals lost out to entrepreneurs in Wicklow and Kilkenny in their various categories.

However the trio will still receive a share of a €50,000 investment fund made available through the Local Enterprise Office for their endeavours.

Richard Murphy from Clongeen competed in the Best Idea category for his online health and holistic platform. 'MyMoodandMe' which was commended by the judges.

Ian Coleman from Clonard was vying for the regional title of Best Start-Up with his Life Bites company. Ian is no stranger to the contest having being a previous county winner in the best idea category. He was also the sole Wexford representative in the 2014 national finals. Since last year, Ian has made great progress on his idea by bringing his online dietitian website www.lifebites.ie to fruition.

Gorey's Diarmaid Ó Súilleabháin was in the running for the Best Established Business Trophy at the regionals. As the founder of D O Sullivan Consulting Engineers, Diarmaid had won the county final for the positive strides that his company has made since it was established in 2009.

Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur Competition aims to find the best Irish entrepreneur between 18 and 30 and is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs.

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