Monaghan’s best young entrepreneurs announced


Monaghan’s best young entrepreneurs have been announced this week at the County Final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur (IBYE) competition. Run by the Local Enterprise Offices, IBYE is supported by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland. Now in its 4th year, this year attracted almost 1,500 applications nationwide.

Mr John McEntegart, Head of Enterprise in Monaghan explained: “The search to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur commenced back in August and we were delighted with the calibre of entries. After a very successful Bootcamp and County Final, I’m pleased to confirm that the future of enterprise and job creation in County Monaghan is bright.”

There was joy for Stephen Murphy, of Old Carrick Mill in Carrickmacross as they were named winner of the Best Established Business award. They were joined by Rachel McCabe, of Sound in Motion in Clones, who took the runner up title in this category.

The Best Start Up category was a particularly hard-fought contest. Seany McKenna, of Blasta Street Food in Monaghan was named winner while Colm Marron, of CM Precision Engineering in Carrickmacross was named runner-up.

Many innovative new business concepts emerged in the Best Business Idea category. The winner was Patrick Armitage, of Sheskin Candied Salmon in Scotstown while Karl Kildae, of Sheetrim Swim Well and Suphur Baths in Tydavnet scooped the runner up title.

Stephen Murphy of OLD Carrick Mill was named the Overall Winner of IBYE for Monaghan .

The adjudicators in this years competition were Dr Cecilia Hegarty of PLATO EBR, Claire Doogan of McAree Engineeringand Garrett Duffy of DKIT. The awards ceremony was attended by other special guests including An Cathaoirleach Cllr Cathy Benett, and Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys .


Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys whilst attending the awards ceremony stated, “It is so refreshing to hear the success stories from these inspiring and ambitious young entrepreneurs. The government continues to fully support Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur initiative, the aim of which, is to support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people at both national and here in Co. Monaghan”.

IBYE Co-ordinator for Monaghan, Eilín Connolly concluded “Each of the winners and runners-up will share in an investment fund of up to €50,000 from the Local Enterprise Office to help grow and develop their business. The 3 category winners go forward to the Regional Finals in Co Louth in January. The team in Local Enterprise Office Monaghan will be providing intensive supports between now and then to prepare them for the regionals and hopefully Co. Monaghan will have a representative at the IBYE National Finals in March.”

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