Dominic Fitzpatrick, the Irish News.

Dominic Fitzpatrick has had little respite from the media sector over the course of his life. He grew up in the industry as his father, a lawyer, held(...)

PJ Flanagan, H&MV Engineering

Having joined H&MV Engineering in 1998 as the company’s first electrical apprentice, PJ Flanagan clearly made an impression, quickly becoming a dr(...)

David Maxwell, managing director of Boojum.

Since he started collecting glasses in a bar in Belfast 25 years ago, David Maxwell has built up a raft of experience and now is the managing director(...)

Carrick Therapeutics founder Elaine Sullivan: “The best piece of advice I received was not to be afraid of trying things.”

It was Dr Elaine Sullivan’s father who prompted her to start up in business after he was diagnosed as having an aggressive stomach cancer and was told(...)

Shed Distillery founder Patrick J Rigney: “The term ‘hard’ is not in my business vocabulary.”

For three decades, Patrick J Rigney was instrumental in Ireland’s drinks industry, establishing brands such as Baileys as global leaders. Before estab(...)

Amryt Pharma founder Dr Joe Wiley: “A good entrepreneur knows how to delegate.”

In 2015, Dr Joe Wiley founded Amryt Pharma to focus on acquiring, developing and delivering innovative treatments that help improve the lives of patie(...)

Noel O’Hanlon of Genesis Automation: “What’s unique about Genesis is the breadth of the solution. It has 14 fully-integrated modules that run on a handheld computer.”

In February 2009, Noel O’Hanlon was working as managing director of equipment supplier IPT Ltd Cork. Having got a request from a customer to help them(...)

Virginia International Logistics managing director Ray Cole: “We have big plans to have a substantial portion of our fleet fuelled by compressed natural gas in the coming months.”

Ray Cole’s father, Johnny, was the reason he and his brothers got involved in the logistics business. In the 1960s, Johnny began collecting milk in t(...)

Áine Lecky and Éibhlin Murphy of Major Equipment International, which employs 100 people and has a turnover of €15 million.

Áine Lecky and Éibhlin Murphy learned their respective trades elsewhere before returning to the family business in the mid-Noughties. The sisters, no(...)

Diaceutics founder Peter Keeling: “The worst advice I received was to create a large board of very senior pharmaceutical people.”

When Peter Keeling presented his vision for drug development and patient care to 50 people at a conference in Miami 13 years ago, only seven were left(...)

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