Winners Announced: 2019 Lincoln Irish Early Career Awards

The 4th annual Lincoln Irish Early Career Awards celebrated the most ambitious young Irish professionals across industries  such as marketing, digital, finance and law. Supported by KBC Bank, the Lincoln Recruitment Irish Early Career Awards recognises business talents under the age of 35.

Eamon Fennell, a former All Ireland GAA footballer for Dublin and current National Account Manager with Coca-Cola Hellenic, was awarded the title of Early Career Business Development while media entrepreneur, Gareth Hickey (28), CEO of Noa News Limited, received the overall Early Career Professional of the Year accolade following his company’s recent success with The New York Times, the Economist and other major international titles to deliver news over audio.

With over 350 people in attendance, and a total of 17 categories, there we a total of 150 submissions making this event the most competitive to date.

The ambitious event saw entries from industry leaders across Ireland with employees from Indeed, Deloitte, Barclays Bank, EY and AIB among others being honoured. The event was also supported by its sponsors, KBC Bank Ireland, The Institute of Banking, The Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland, Pathfinder and the Irish Independent.

Speaking about this year’s awards, Shay Dalton, Managing Director at Lincoln Recruitment, sponsor and chairman of the judging panel, said:

“Lincoln Recruitment is delighted to be the title sponsor of the Irish Early Career Awards for a fourth year. The awards celebrate excellence and recognise the achievements of brilliant young professionals in Ireland. Their aim is to recognise true innovation, best practice and outstanding achievement across a very broad range of categories and so impacting every industry in Ireland. This is why the awards are such a perfect fit for us in Lincoln Recruitment. Partnering with the Irish Early Career Awards adds to our existing network of support for young professionals across a wide range of sectors and so Lincoln Recruitment is honoured to support the work of the awards.”

Commenting on the partnership with Lincoln Irish Early Career Awards, Fergal O’Riagain, Director of Retail Products, KBC added: “I would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s Irish Early Career Awards. The calibre of finalists  seen this year was outstanding and we are proud to have partnered with the Irish Early Career Awards again  for the third year running. At KBC, we know that it is people who make the difference and we also understand the importance of nurturing young talent.”

Congratulations to the all of the 2019 Lincoln Irish Early Career Awards.




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Early Career – Communications & Marketing Professional of the Year Liam Murphy Wachsman
Early Career – Business Development Professional of the Year Eamon Fennell Coca-Cola Hellenic
Early Career – Accountant of the Year Michelle McNulty AbbVie
Early Career – Lawyer of the Year Thomas O’Mahoney Joseph Nolan Solicitors
Early Career – Technologist Professional of the Year Michael Wilson Cartrawler
Early Career – HR Professional of the Year Orlagh Geoghegan BNP Paribas
Early Career – Consulting & Advisory Professional of the Year Sara-Amanda O’Keane Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice Pathfinder
Early Career – Fund Services Professional of the Year Peter O’Donohoe MUFG ACOI & IOB
Early Career – Engineer Professional of the Year Caroline Rocks AbbVie
Early Career – Entrepreneur of the Year Gareth Hickey Noa News Limited
Early Career – Government/Politics Professional of the Year Steven O’Riordan Ombudsman for Children’s Office
Early Career – Creative Media Professional of the Year Edel Walsh CPL Group Marketting
Early Career – Banking & Capital Markets Professional of the Year Paul McGann Allied Irish Banks ACOI & IOB
Early Career – Research & Innovation Professional of the Year Lisa Haskins Vidmob
Early Career- Compliance & Risk Professional of the Year Brendan McGrath Centaur Fund Services Ltd ACOI & IOB
Early Career – Property & Construction Professional of the Year Adele Murray Macfar Property Management
Early Career – Pharma Professional of the Year Stephen Quinlan EirGen Pharma
Early Career – Best Organisation in Learning & Development AbbVie KBC Bank Ireland
Early Career Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award Ruth Hennessy Pinsent Masons (Ireland)
Special recognition Edmund McDonnell TD Global Finance
Early Career- Professional of the Year Gareth Hickey Noa News Limited Lincoln Recruitment

For more information please visit the Irish Early Career Awards website.

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Lincoln Recruitment Owner & Founder