NENAGH business woman Margaret O’Connor, who is joint-managing director of the Quigley’s chain of café bakery delis, has scooped the Entrepreneur of the Year category at a major national awards ceremony in Dublin.
Margaret was presented with the enterprise award as part of the Image Magazine Businesswomen of the Year competition which was supported by Enterprise Ireland and RTE.
With its headquarters in Nenagh Quigleys now employs 156 people at its shops, bakery and food kitchens across sixteen locations in nine counties.
The fifth generation family business was first established in 1890 and is run by Margaret and her husband John.
Their café bakery delis are dotted across the country with five shops in Tipperary, three in Limerick, two in Tullamore and one apiece in Cork, Kilkenny, Carlow, Westmeath, Kildare and Dublin.
The company is extending its café bakery deli in Roscrea Shopping Centre in the coming weeks.
Accepting the award Margaret was quick to praise the team behind the Quigleys’ success story.
She said: “without the hard work, dedication and commitment of every single member of staff we wouldn’t be here today.
“Everybody at Quigley’s takes such pride in their work and that passion for food comes across in every shop. I’d especially like to pay tribute to the hard work of Betty Slattery on the retail side; Freda Armitage, our office manager, and to Mary Quinn at the Bakery and Food Kitchens.”
Margaret O’Connor added: “as a proud Tipperary woman I’m delighted to say that every loaf of bread, every savoury snack and every slice of cake we sell across the country is handmade from scratch right here in Tipperary”.
Now in its sixth year the ceremony for the Image Businesswomen of the Year Awards took place at the St Stephen’s Green Hibernian Club and was attended by over a 120 guests. Previous winners of the award have included Mary Ann O’Brien from Lily O’Brien Chocolates and Tanya Airey of Sunway Travel.
George Lee and Aine Lawlor from RTE, and Melanie Morris from Image Magazine, were among the guest speakers.