New date set for the Kilkenny Business Awards 2021

 Kilkenny Chamber and main sponsors TransferMate have rescheduled the current Kilkenny Business Awards 2021 ceremony and gala event to 2022. Together with the Executive of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce the decision was reached to postpone the awards ceremony until February 26th.

Colin Ahern, President of Kilkenny Chamber, said, 

In the interest of public health, Kilkenny Chamber considers it prudent to move the date for hosting our annual flagship event, the Kilkenny Business Awards. The decision was taken in close consultation with the venue, Lyrath Estate Hotel, and being mindful of the health and safety of participants, staff, and attendees.. We are delighted to have the continued support of our title sponsor, TransferMate.”

The Kilkenny Business Awards 2021 ceremony will be on February 26th, 2022, when local business people will gather to network, dine, and celebrate entrepreneurship, innovation and resilience in Kilkenny.

51 local enterprises have been shortlisted for the Kilkenny Business Awards 2021 and participated in the peer-review round on October 20th. Each finalist had the opportunity to share their success stories with 18 prominent local business people who adjudicated on the winning businesses. The top business in each category has been selected and will remain sealed until the Kilkenny Business Awards take place on the new date of Saturday, February 26th. 

John Hurley, CEO of Kilkenny Chamber, said, 

The resilience that Kilkenny businesses have shown throughout the pandemic has been remarkable. Kilkenny Chamber is looking forward to gathering in February to celebrate the achievements and successes in the business community this year. I know that there is much anticipation among the finalists keen to learn who the winners are. Whilst it is disappointing to postpone our plans, this is the correct course of action to ensure the safety of all involved.”

Presented by broadcaster Helen Carroll, the overall Business of the Year will be unveiled at the rescheduled ceremony along with the 18 category winners and the coveted President’s Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The Kilkenny Business Awards 2021 are taking place in Lyrath Estate Hotel on February 26th. 


Kilkenny Chamber is pleased to announce its main sponsor for the 2021 Kilkenny Business Awards is Transfermate, and is very grateful for their support in this challenging year.

The annual Kilkenny Business Awards in Lyrath Estate Hotel is a highlight of the business calendar and an important networking event in the lead up to Christmas socialising.

Kilkenny Chamber was delighted with the huge response to the call for nominations, an indication of how strong and positive the business community is in the city and county.

We now have our finalists in the 18 categories, all of whom attended the interview stage which took place on Wednesday 20th October.  The winners will be announced at our Gala Awards Night in the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday 20th November.

Helen Carroll will return to MC this glamourous event, and we will have music both before and after the awards with the Party Girls.  Tickets can be booked by contacting Róisín at 089 2553585 or emailing

Congratulations to all the finalists!

  1. Food & Drink Producer Award
    1. The Fig Tree
    2. Arán
    3. Elite Living Nutrition
  2. Best Business Pivot in the Pandemic Award
    1. Intosport
    2. Lorimat Jewellery
    3. CF Pharma
  3. Craft & Design Award
    1. K Kajoux Jewels
    2. DfM Clothing Ltd.
    3. Zoe Carol
  4. Culture, Heritage and Tourism Award
    1. Hawkeye School of Falconry
    2. Shenanigans Walks
    3. Rothe House & Garden
  5. Customer Service Excellence Award
    1. Callanan Couriers
    2. Springhill Court Hotel & Conference Centre
    3. UPMC Aut Even Hospital
  6. Emerging New Business Award
    1. Dialize Clothing
    2. Luke Parsons Hair Salon
    3. The Indie List
  7. Employee of the Year Award
    1. CF Pharma
    2. Optimize Recruitment
    3. Goods of Kilkenny
  8. Employer of the Year Award
    1. Hibernian Hotel Kilkenny
    2. Veri
    3. Lyrath Estate Hotel
  9. Environmental Excellence Award
    1. White Feather Ladies Wear & Holistic Shop
    2. Value Centre
    3. Valley of Roses
  10. Exporter of the Year Award
    1. CR Payroll
    2. Modubuild
    3. Biddy’s Good Luck Horseshoes
  11. Family Business of the Year
    1. Momentum Healthcare
    2. Blushes Salon
    3. Dore Optometrists
  12. Hospitality Excellence Award
    1. Pennyfeather Restaurant
    2. Hoban Hotel Kilkenny
    3. Mount Juliet Estate
  13. Innovation in Business Award
    1. Cleere Life
    2. Loanitt
    3. LawEd
  14. Investment in Skills, Training and Development Award
    1. UPMC
    2. Optimize Recruitment
    3. Mint Medispa by Pembroke
  15. Retailer of the Year Award
    1. Brett’s Hardware Home & Garden DIY Centre
    2. Fitzpatrick’s Fruit & Veg
    3. Lilyrose Boutique
  16. Small Business of the Year Award
    1. The Wine Buff
    2. Rafter Dempsey’s
    3. Muse Coffee
  17. Social Media & Digital Marketing Excellence Award
    1. Newpark Hotel
    2. Mountain View
    3. The Indie List
  18. Technology and e-Commerce Excellence Award
    1. ISE Forest & Garden
    2. UPMC


The criteria for each award can be found here and the Terms & Conditions of the Kilkenny Business Awards 2021 can be found here.

All plans are being made in line with Government guidelines and will be subject to change should the guidelines be changed.



Chamber Update

For the duration of the Covid-19 crisis, Kilkenny Chamber staff will be working from home and will continue to provide our full range of services.



We will continue to lobby on behalf of businesses throughout this challenging time and are scheduled to have regular meetings with the Dept of the Taoiseach as the situation evolves.


Keep up to date with us on our website, or on our social media pages.


We are still working on your behalf and you can contact us on 056 7752767, or at We are thinking of all those businesses who have taken the difficult, but correct, decision to close their doors until further notice, and we look forward to supporting them all when they reopen.

We also encourage everyone to support those businesses which will remain open – in so far as is safe.


Thank you to all those front-line workers who are working hard to keep us all safe and well.

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