Irish Fairy Door Company founders Aoife Lawler and Niamh Sherwin Barry: “We truly believe in what we have created.”

Aoife Lawler and Niamh Sherwin Barry have a highly unusual job: they help fairies relocate into homes and gardens all over the world by producing high(...)

Trevor Annon: “Mount Charles is in a unique position in that it has always been a cash-positive organisation”

Trevor Annon is founder and chairman of Ireland’s largest indigenous food service and business support services provider. He established the group in (...)

Brendan Mooney, chief executive of Kainos, was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year. Photograph:  Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

It wouldn’t be unusual for high-flying executives to celebrate their company’s successful stock market flotation by splashing out on a top-of-the-rang(...)

 EY Entrepreneur of the Year winner Brendan Mooney of Kainos  with his wife Eileen, daughter Katie and sons Ciaran and Odhran. Huge economic benefit would be realised if Ireland could produce another 100 Mooneys. Photograph: Alan Betson

Last Thursday, more than 1,400 people gathered in Citywest to acclaim the best of Irish entrepreneurship. The room was buzzing with optimism, the air(...)

Business man James Leckey in the workshop of his factory in Lisburn which makes medical equipment and aids for  disabled children. Photograph: Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

It all started with a chance training run down a Belfast street more than 34 years ago. James Leckey had been out training with a group of friends for(...)

Clodagh Cavanagh, Abbey Machinery: “We export over 60 per cent of our manufactured products.” Photograph: Richie Stokes

Not many Irish manufacturers can boast the pedigree of the Cavanagh family, which has been making agricultural equipment in Tipperary since the 1800s,(...)

Maurice Healy, Healy Group: “Last year we turned over a record amount for our business.” Photograph: Richie Stokes

A well-known businessman and philanthropist, Maurice moved from his native Cork to Dublin in 1971, where he began his professional career working at a(...)

Noel Moran, Prepaid Financial Services & eCOMM Merchant Solutions: “I would also like us to add an extra six or seven countries to our offering each year.” Photograph: Richie Stokes

Noel’s background has always been in financial services and payments. He previously worked for AIB and PTSB in Ireland before moving to the UK to join(...)

Gavan Walsh of iCabbi: “We never experienced the negative effects of the downturn.” Photograph: Richie Stokes

Entrepreneurship runs in the Walsh family. Gavan Walsh, founder of iCabbi, grew up working in the family business, Irish School of Motoring. He has su(...)

Raymond and Leslie Codd, Codd Mushrooms: “Our greatest business achievement is that we have captured more than half of Ireland’s mushroom sales.” Photograph: Richie Stokes

Having been brought up in a farming background, it’s not altogether surprising that Raymond and Leslie Codd were both interested in working in the agr(...)

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