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Irish Logistics and Transport Community celebrates achievements and showcases progress and innovations

As leading players in the Logistics and Transport sector gathered to showcase their accomplishments and network at the Irish Logistics & Transport Awards 2023, they also battled for one of the Awards’ 19, prestigious trophies

Now in their 13th year, the Awards highlight the individuals, teams and organisations who drive the economy forward and deliver outstanding results.

The winners were announced during a live awards ceremony held at The Crowne Plaza, Santry, Dublin, on March 9th, 2023. The awards sponsored by Platinum Sponsor, Allied Irish Banks; Gold Sponsors, Driving Force Ireland (Recruitment & Training), ISM Recruitment & Training, AutoStore, and Road Safety Authority; and supported by Amárach Research.

Notable winners on the night included Danny Geoghegan, recipient of the ‘Logistics & Transport Leader 2023′ Award, and Ace Express Freight who took the Grand Prix, ‘Overall Logistics & Transport Excellence Award’.

Fergus Cronolly, District Manager of Expeditors Ireland Limited said, “Expeditors are delighted to be shortlisted for the Irish Logistics and Transportation Awards 2023, the four nominations raise our profile in the freight forwarding industry, validating the great work our team does to exceed the expectations of our customers.


Joey Whelan, Director of AIB Corporate Banking said, “AIB recognises the importance of the sector to the wider economy and its key role to play in delivering on Ireland’s sustainability targets. The awards night was a fantastic opportunity to meet with so many excellent companies and experience their energy and enthusiasm first hand.”

Another winner was Westmond Logistics. Their Customs & Operations Manager, Mark Anderson, said, “The transport and logistics sector is often unrecognised for the crucial role it plays in society. It needs to be celebrated, and these awards spotlight the best in the industry.”

Joining other finalists in the shortlist was Easy2Go Logistics, whose Marketing Manager, Jerry Liu, said, “Easy2Go Logistics proves that excellence in warehousing is not just a goal but a standard that can be achieved. Their commitment to flexible, efficient and reliable logistics solutions has earned them a well-deserved place among the finalists at the Irish Logistics & Transport Awards 2023.”

Joining as a sponsor was ISM, whose General Manager, Training & Recruitment said: “ISM Training & Recruitment a division of the Irish School of Motoring, have a proud history of supporting the logistics and transport industry since the 1960s. The Irish Logistics & Transport Awards gives us a unique platform to promote our services, meet clients, recognise and celebrate excellence in the logistics and transport industry”.

Winners South Coast Logistics where represented at the Awards by Commercial Director, Richie O’Flynn who said: “We are thrilled and honoured that South Coast has been awarded with the prestigious Logistics & Transport SME Company of the Year award at the Irish Logistics & Transport Awards. It is a remarkable accomplishment for our entire team and a testament to their hard work and dedication.”

Another winner was Clare Distribution Services. Amand Carroll, Human Resources Manager said: “What an honour for CDS to be recognised amongst some of the most exceptional talent in the industry. To be named as Logistics and Transport Team of the Year is a fantastic achievement that we could not be prouder of.”

Speaking at the awards, Kevin O’Driscoll, Director Partnership Programmes, BusinessRiver said, ‘Events like this are made possible through the support of sponsors. We are thankful to our 2023 sponsors and professional partners, which includes Allied Irish Banks, Driving Force Ireland (Recruitment & Training), ISM Training & Recruitment, AutoStore, and Road Safety Authority. Their investment in the awards underlines their commitment and support of this key business area.

The awards were judged by a distinguished panel of experts and drawn from all areas of the sector.

Full list of judges:

  • Declan Allen (Judging Coordinator), Assistant Head, School of Management, College of Business, Technological University Dublin
  • Ailbe Burke, Lecturer, Automotive Engineering and Transport Management at Technological University Shannon
  • Brian Caulfield, Associate Professor & Head of Discipline, Dept. of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin
  • Aidan Flynn, Chief Executive, Freight Transport Association Ireland
  • Seamus Kavanagh, Executive Officer, Irish International Freight Association
  • Michael O’Callaghan, Director, IPICS The Supply Chain Management Institute
  • Dr. Jane O’Keeffe, Director of Supply Chain, NMCI/MTU
  • Maura O’Toole, Facilitator, Trainer, Coach & Lecturer
  • Paul Toner, Managing Director, Toner Transport & Logistics
  • Efce Van Heerden, Lecturer in Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Munster Technological University
  • Dr. Jelena Vlajic, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chains and Operations Management, Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast

Full list of winners:

Technology Provider of the Year


Best Use of Technology

Winner: Expressway - Bus Éireann

Passenger Transport Company of the Year

Winner: Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail

Courier Company of the Year

Winner: Fastway

Future Achiever Award

Winner: Mark Anderson - Westmond Logistics

Safety Award (Sponsored by Road Safety Authority)

Winner: FTA Ireland Trucksafe Standard

Customer Focus Achievement Award

Winner: Bus Éireann

Excellence in Warehousing (Sponsored by AutoStore)

Winner: Classic Drinks

Communications Award

Winner: Logistics Associate Apprenticeship Consortium

Employer of the Year

Winner: DHL Global Forwarding

Own Account Transport Operator of the Year

Winner: BWG Foods

Green Impact Award (Sponsored by Allied Irish Banks)

Winner: Translink

Supply Chain Achievement Award (Sponsored by ISM Recruitment & Training)

Winner: Bus Éireann

3PL Achievement Award

Winner: Crane Worldwide Logistics

Logistics & Transport Team of the Year

Winner: Clare Distribution Services

Logistics & Transport SME Company of the Year (Sponsored by Allied Irish Banks)

Winner: South Coast Logistics

Freight Forwarding Company of the Year

Winner: Ace Express Freight

Logistics & Transport Leader 2023 (Sponsored by ISM Recruitment & Training)

Recipient: Danny Geoghegan

Overall Logistics & Transport Excellence Award (Sponsored by Driving Force Ireland)

Winner: Ace Express Freight