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Winners of the Irish Early Career Awards 2017 Announced

Winners of the Irish Early Career Awards 2017 Announced

The Irish Early Career Awards 2017 winners were announced at the gala dinner last Thursday 2nd November in the Mansion House Dublin to a full house all celebrating the achievements and contribution of outstanding young professionals in Ireland at the early stages of their careers.

These national Awards, sponsored by Lincoln Recruitment Specialists and KBC Bank Ireland, and are open to young professionals working in organisations across Ireland under the age of 35 and ultimately, rewards exceptional achievement and contribution across a broad range of professional services sectors. 

Minister Paschal Donohoe speaking at the Irish Early Career Awards 2017.Photo Chris Bellew.

Speaking at the Irish Early Career Awards, Guest of Honour, Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe said “It is inspiring and heartening to see what talent and commitment can achieve, even at a relatively early stage of somebody’s career.

While the Government tries to create the conditions that lead to economic success and to our progress as a society, the talent, ingenuity and energy of young people like these is needed in order to release this country’s potential.”

Shay Dalton, Managing Director at Lincoln Recruitment, lead sponsor and chairman of the judging panel, saidThere was a huge volume of entries this year and the calibre of the finalists show the breadth of talent across Ireland. It’s great to see this the event grow in recognition in the past year.  I think this is because the event really fills a niche in recognising young professionals at an important stage of their career.

The Awards try to look at context of a young professionals achievements, yes it takes account of technical capabilities but also weighs heavily on the applicants commitment to excellence, ongoing learning & development, values and any contribution they make through their profession to their Industry, professional bodies and to the wider community” Mr Dalton said.

Wim Verbraeken, CEO KBC Bank Ireland, and lead sponsor of the event said “This is KBC’s first year supporting the Early Career Awards and we are genuinely proud to be associated with this initiative.  The awards celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, the enthusiasm and achievements of the many young people involved and all those who provide guidance and support at such a pivotal point in their careers.

Mr Verbraeken added “The Early Career Awards serve as an important reminder to us all, that the next generation has a great deal to offer to this country, its economy and society as a whole.   As a major employer in Ireland and a challenger brand, we do recognise the important contribution that young professionals make to our business.  Whether it is their outside the box thinking in developing new products and solutions, sharing a fresh perspective to improve the experience for our customers interacting with our bank, or taking the initiative to promote new projects within the bank and local communities, young professionals lead the way at KBC. “

We would like to congratulate all of our finalists and winners and wish them continued success in their future endeavours.


The 2017 winners: 


Early Career HR Professional of the Year

Winner: Suzann Baker

HR Director



Early Career Accountant of the Year

Winner: Michael Wickham Moriarty

Head of Finance

Central Remedial Clinic


Early Career Banking Professional of the Year

Winner: Philip McKendry

Prime Brokerage Account Manager

Credit Suisse



Early Career IT & Tech Professional of the Year

Winner: Colin Keogh

Engineer / Co-founder

UCD / The Rapid Foundation



Early Career Lawyer of the Year

Winner: Sarah Lennon

General Counsel, Ireland & N. Ireland




Early Career Financial Services Professional of the Year

Winner: Ciara Hanrahan

Head of Compliance

Capita Asset Services


Early Career PR & Marketing Professional of the Year

Winner: Martyn Rosney

Account Director



Early Career Engineering & Construction Professional of the Year

Winner: Michael Redmond

Technical Shift Leader



Early Career Entrepreneur of the Year

Winner: Niall Moloney


Pow Cow

*Accepted by Emma McManus on behalf of Niall Moloney


Early Career Consulting & Advisory Professional of the Year

Winner: Donal O’Sullivan

Director of M&A EMEA

Eli Global


Early Career Special Recognition Award

Winner: Edel Brown


Feet Free Medical


Early Career Best in Learning & Development

Winner: Dalata Hotel Group




Early Career Professional of the Year

Winner: Michael Redmond

Technical Shift Leader





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