100 Great Irish Companies to be recognised at 2016 Business & Finance Awards

Business | Fri 5 Aug | Author – Business & Finance

Ahead of the 2016 Business & Finance Awards, we are featuring the top 100 companies that have shaped the Irish business landscape.

The Business & Finance Awards Programme is Ireland’s premier business awards programme and has become a major highlight of the annual business calendar.

Businessman, political activist, songwriter and author Sir Bob Geldof will be honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to Ireland at the 42nd Business & Finance Awards.

Starting his career as a successful musician, actor and songwriter, he has gone on to both inspire a generation and make prolific social changes as a philanthropist and political activist.

Sir Bob Geldof has received a number of awards in recognition of his charity work, including a Man of Peace award in 2005 and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize in both 2006 and 2008.

Susan Whelan, CEO of Leicester City Football Club will be honoured with a Global Irish Outstanding Achievement in Business Award at the awards.

Dublin-born Whelan has played a pivotal role in Leicester City’s incredible success as this year’s winners of the Premier League. An astute businesswoman, Whelan has worked extensively in trade and retail. She began her career in her family jewellery store, moving on to work with Aer Rianta before taking up a number of retail jobs working internationally.


Great Irish Companies:

CEO: Bob Etchingham

CEO: Paul Keogh

Conroy Gold
Chairman: Richard Conroy

CEO: Jim Woulfe

Dalata Hotel Group
CEO: Pat McCann

CEO: Colm Delves

Eirgen Pharma
CEO: Patsy Carney

First Derivatives
CEO: Brian Conlon

Managing Director: John Flahavan

Foyle Food Group
CEO: Terry Acheson

Friends First
CEO: Tom Browne

Grafton Recruitment
Managing Director: Pete Feldman

Green Isle Foods
Managing Director: Eddie Power

Irish Country Meats
Managing Director: Joe Hyland

Lagan Group
Group CEO: Kevin Lagan

Monaghan Mushrooms
CEO: Ronnie Wilson

Pallas Foods
CEO: Tadgh Geary

CEO: Gerard Pearse

PJ Hegarty
Managing Director: John Hegarty

Providence Resources
CEO: Tony O’Reilly

CEO: Noel Curran

CEO: Patrick Collison

CEO: Pat McDonagh

The Healy Group
CEO: Maurice Healy

Topaz Energy
Managing Director: Niall Anderton


To view more iconic Irish companies to make the index, visit:
Achievements of 100 Great Irish Companies honoured
Another 25 iconic companies make 100 Great Irish Companies index
100 Great Irish Companies to be honoured at 42nd Business & Finance Awards