Kilkenny Business Awards 2023

MERLYN – the Overall Business of the Year, with Cathal Smyth, State Street, and President Kilkenny Chamber, Brian Keyes    PHOTO Vicky Comerford 

The Kilkenny Business Awards 2023 were held at the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday 25th November.  Almost 500 representatives of business in Kilkenny gathered together for a glittering evening, celebrating success.

Find out who won here!  Kilkenny Business Awards Winners 2023

Twenty-three awards were presented during the course of the evening, including the President’s Award which went to Joe & Bill Connolly of Connollys’ Redmills and the Lifetime Achievement Award which went to Jim Brennan, Club House Hotel.  A Special Recognition Award was presented for the first time this year, and it went to Siobhán Talbot, CEO of Glanbia who is retiring in December after 10 years at the helm.

The overall Business of the Year was announced at the end of the evening – MERLYN.  MERLYN is passionate about design and craft, constantly innovating their range of premium showering enclosures, combining timeless elegance and superior quality, down to the very last detail.

The Chamber’s chosen charity for 2023 was the The Samaritans Carlow/Kilkenny, and a donation of €6,000 was collected on Saturday night.

Cathal Smyth, Managing Director of State Street Kilkenny (main sponsor), said ‘State Street is delighted to be the title sponsor of the Kilkenny Business Awards 2023.  State Street is proud to be the largest financial services employer in Kilkenny and have recently moved into our new office the IDA Business and Technology Park in October – designed with both environment and employee wellbeing at its core.

We commend the Kilkenny Chamber for its continued leadership with Kilkenny businesses and congratulate all of the finalists on their significant achievements and wish all continued success.’

President of the Chamber, Brian Keyes, said ‘It is a special privilege to be recognising the best of Kilkenny businesses. Winning aside, all shortlisted businesses should be proud of their tremendous achievements in getting through the rigorous judging process.’.

CEO John Hurley paid tribute to the sponsors, who make the Awards possible, and thanked Purcell Masterson, Fastlane Audio Visual, Mycrofilms, A Digital Medial Hub and the Lyrath Estate Hotel, the Chamber’s partners in the presentation of the night.



Kilkenny Chamber, and main sponsor State Street, are delighted to announce the finalists in this year’s Kilkenny Business Awards. These businesses will go forward for interview on 25th October, and the winners will be announced at the Gala Awards evening on Saturday 25th November at the Lyrath Estate Hotel.

Watch out for our Social Media posts announcing the finalists, or click here

Finalists for 2023

Tickets are now on sale and you can book them by emailing Don’t miss out on the biggest social event in the business calendar in Kilkenny!

You can relive the 2022 Business Awards evening by watching our short video here (with thanks to Mycrofilms)

The Overall Business of the Year was the winner of the Family Business Award Hi Tec Medicare.  This iwas the second year in a row that the Family Business winner went on to win the Overall Award!