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Event Industry Awards shortlist announced

Web Summit founder, Paddy Cosgrave to address EIAs and receive Outstanding Contribution Award

As the EIAs celebrate their first decade, the organisers announced Paddy Cosgrave, CEO and co-founder of Web Summit, as the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to the Events Industry award.

The nominating citation states:

‘Paddy’s achievements are extraordinary, taking a local Irish event to global prominence at a rate of development never seen before in the Irish or indeed global events sphere. Web Summit’s story illustrates the power of events as a communications, engagement and activation channel which is unequalled by any other medium. The fact that both Paddy's and Web Summit’s roots are here in Ireland demonstrates the capability of our events sector to deliver, not just at home, but on the international stage as well.’

To mark the occasion, the legendary Anna May McHugh, the driving force behind the National Ploughing Championships, will make the award presentation to Paddy at Citywest Hotel, Dublin on July 20th at the Event Industry Awards annual awards ceremony.

Anna May was the original recipient of the award when the EIAs were first established 10 years ago.

Paddy stated, “It’s an honour to be recognised in this way by other professionals in the Irish event industry.  It has been amazing to me to see how our flagship event Web Summit has grown. It started with just 400 people in 2010 and there will be about 70,000 people in Lisbon this November.

I work with a team of incredibly talented individuals who consistently deliver world-class events at scale across Europe, Asia and North America. The team has grown to nearly 200 and I am proud that we are still headquartered in Ireland.”

Anna May McHugh, NPA managing director said, "I'm delighted to make this presentation to one of Ireland's brightest young entrepreneurs - as organiser of Europe's largest outdoor event I know the challenges of the events industry and Paddy has proven his ability and drive in all of his achievements.  I'm very pleased for him and all of the team and happy to be part of this occasion."

Eugene Bortolozzo, founder of the Event Industry Awards remarked, "To honour Paddy, and by extension Web Summit, through making this award is a privilege for me personally and the Event Industry Awards as a whole. The awards are about excellence and there is no better embodiment of event excellence than this year's recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award, Paddy Cosgrave."

Citywest Hotel is the co-title sponsor and host of the awards, and their commerical director, Sean Reid is delighted they are involved, "We are honoured to host this year's Event Industry Awards, particularly on its 10th anniversary. The awards celebrate the creativity and innovation of our industry and we feel that it is the right time for our industry colleagues to join us in Citywest Hotel. Our investment in recent years has futureproofed the Citywest Hotel, ensuring that we deliver conferences and events on a global scale. I would to like to take this opportunity to congratulate all this year's nominees and wish all those shortlisted the very best of luck".

Judging coordinator and assistant lecturer in the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Rachelle O'Brien, was pleased with the quality of the shortlist for the awards.

“This year, the Event Industry Awards judging panel, represented by event management academics in the School of Hospitality Management Tourism, DIT noted the number and quality of entries from event management companies and suppliers across Ireland.  The judging consisted of 27 categories including Best Event Management Company, Best Live Event and Best Event Team.  The DIT judges highlighted the high standard of entries from local, regional and national events including examples of best practice, sustainability and innovation in the Irish events industry.”

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The full shortlist is available below.

Best Event

Sponsored by Citywest Hotel

Winner will be announced on the awards night.

Outstanding Contribution to the Events Industry

Sponsored by Citywest Hotel

Paddy Cosgrove

Best Event Management Company

  • Cogs & Marvel
  • Event Fuel
  • Grooveyard Event Management
  • Magnum Events
  • Neon Agency
  • Orangeworks

Best Small Event Management Company

  • Brand Rocket
  • EveryEvent
  • KC Services Ireland
  • Kevin Rowe Events

Best Event Team

  • Cogs & Marvel
  • Event Fuel
  • JTI Festival Team - Grooveyard Event Management
  • Kevin Rowe Events
  • Orangeworks
  • TITAN Experience

Best In-House Event Team

Sponsored by Stage and Lighting

  • Airfield Estate
  • Aviva Stadium
  • Carton House
  • Croke Park Meetings & Events
  • Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Masterchefs at Thomond Park Stadium
  • The Helix
  • Trigon Hotel Group

Best Live Event

Sponsored by Audio Networks

  • Beyond Christmas Experience
  • Cannonball Ireland
  • Film Fatale's Danse Macabre
  • New Year's Festival Dublin Liffey Lights Midnight Moment
  • Runwayclub LIVE
  • SAP United 20th Anniversary Celebration
  • SeaFest 2017
  • Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
  • Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Best Sporting Event

  • Dublin 7s 2017
  • Gaelforce Dublin 2017
  • Rith na Lochanna 5k
  • Tour De Picnic 2017

Best Exhibition

  • AIB Future Sparks Festival
  • gradireland Graduate Careers Fair
  • Irish Beauty Show
  • National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Exhibition 2017
  • Volkswagen at the National Ploughing Championships 2017

Best Corporate Entertainer

  • Fidget Feet Aerial Danse Theatre
  • RUA – Deception Artist
  • Reality Bites
  • Scott Newman

Best Professional Conference Organiser

  • Abbey Conference & Events
  • KC Services Ireland

Best Awards Ceremony

Sponsored by AVC

  • Recognition Awards 2017
  • Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards
  • weddingsonline Awards
  • Xposé Benefit Awards

Best Conference

Sponsored by AVC

  • AIB: Backing a Sustainable Future
  • Féilte
  • Phorest Salon Owners Summit
  • Talent Summit
  • The Event of the Future 2017
  • The Global Asia Matters Business Summit 2017

Best Launch Event

  • Autodesk EMEA Launch
  • Baby Dove Retail Launch
  • Circle K Global Brand Launch
  • Orangeworks Rebrand
  • Publish or Perish The Content Conference
  • Samsung S8 Launch & S8+ Launch
  • Welcome to Promiscuity at Virgin Media HQ
  • Xposé Benefit Awards

Best Purpose Built Event Venue

  • Airfield Estate
  • Aviva Stadium
  • Croke Park
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • The Helix
  • The Rose of Tralee International Festival Dome

Best Hotel Event Venue

Sponsored by Stage and Lighting

  • Citywest Hotel
  • Clontarf Castle Hotel
  • Cork International Hotel
  • Newpark Hotel
  • Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin
  • The Galmont Hotel & Spa

Best AV Company

  • Conference Services
  • Just Lite Productions

Best Event Infrastructure Provider

  • Magnum Events
  • Optimum Chauffeur Drive
  • Silk Road Tents

Best Event Caterer

  • Aramark at Croke Park
  • Compass Group Ireland at Aviva Stadium
  • Masterchefs at Thomond Park Stadium
  • Naomi's Kitchen Event Caterers
  • Seasons at Guinness Storehouse

Best Corporate Event

Sponsored by The Helix

  • Accenture Christmas Party
  • Facebook Wanderlust Summer Party
  • Engage  Conference Party
  • Heineken Skills Olympics
  • Pandamonium
  • SAP United 20th Anniversary Celebration
  • Fáilte Ireland TBEX Global Travel Influencer Event 2017
  • The Art of Performance Tour

Best Event Design

  • AIB: Backing a Sustainable Future - Cogs & Marvel
  • Cadbury Taste Sensation Festival Activation - Event Fuel
  • Facebook Wanderlust Summer Party - Event Fuel
  • Farmaphobia - Causey Farm
  • David & Sarah's Secret Garden Wedding - Hanley Event Group
  • The House of Peroni - Neon Agency
  • The Social Circle - Mavrix
  • Waterford Harvest Festival – EveryEvent

Best Event Sponsorship

  • HELL & BACK Sponsored by Londis
  • Xposé Benefit Awards

Best Event Innovation

  • Cadbury Cadvent Parades - Event Fuel
  • Cannonball Ireland
  • Digital Now - Cogs & Marvel
  • HP Career and Networking Event - Cogs & Marvel
  • Lidl at the National Ploughing Championships - Cogs & Marvel (tbc)
  • The Event of the Future - Croke Park Meetings & Events
  • The Go Team App - Orangeworks
  • Xpose Christmas Markets

Best Cultural Event

  • Culture Night 2017
  • Dublin Festival of History
  • Green-Schools Expo
  • Seafest 2017
  • Taste of Dublin 2017

Best Fundraising Event

  • Go Give
  • Battle of the Stars
  • Cannonball Ireland
  • Londis Climb for Joy 2017
  • Maxol Aware Christmas Coffee Cups
  • RNLI Does the OsKaRs
  • Tour de Picnic
  • Vodafone Does the OsKaRs

Best Unique/Private Wedding Venue

  • Ballybeg House
  • Kilkea Castle
  • Kilshane House Tipperary
  • Luttrellstown Castle Resort
  • Marco Pierre White Courtyard Bar & Grill
  • David and Sarah's Secret Garden Wedding Venue - Hanley Event Group

Best Experiential Agency

  • Hopkins Communications
  • Neon Agency