Tuesday 22nd January 2019 

Sinéad Cassidy from Galway Racecourse wins Irish Women’s Rising Star Award 2019

On Monday night the Irish Women’s Awards celebrated top female role models and their contributions to Irish society and industry.  Galway’s Sinéad Cassidy was named ‘Rising Star of the Year’ at the 2019 Irish Women’s Awards for her work with the Galway Races. Sinéad works as Sales and Marketing Manager for the popular racecourse.  The Irish Women’s Awards 2019 aim to acknowledge and celebrate the success of female entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, women in uniform, charity workers and many more that contribute in making Ireland a greater place to live in. The awards embody the continuing strength, grit and determination of women, honouring those who continue to thrive, excelling them to the forefront of their industries.

Upon winning her ‘Rising Star of the Year 2019’ Award Sinéad said “I am gobsmacked!  It’s truly such an honour to receive ‘Rising Star of the Year Award’ for 2019. I couldn’t do what I do without the support of my parents. I’m very lucky too to work with a fantastic progressive, fun team at Galway Racecourse – Michael, Annette, Aisling, Rob and a great Committee. Do what you love and the rest will flow from that. This I know”.

 A spokesperson for the Irish Women’s Awards said “We are delighted to have acknowledged successful women from across Ireland who have managed to stand out among the rest in their profession.  It is a pleasure to see that empowered women, empower women and this memorable ceremony highlighted exactly that.”

“We hope that The Irish Women’s Awards provided a platform to encourage women at all ages to achieve their goals and spread the message that women can be successful leaders, entrepreneurs, influencers, scientists and CEOs.  The awards showcased examples of courage, passion, skill, commitment and success that feature in women and we would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their impeccable achievements.”

Galway Races were quick to offer their congratulations to one of their own on her fantastic victory.  Four women from Galway were finalists for awards in total, with Lisa and Vanessa Creaven of Spotlight Whitening in the running for Best Professional in Business and Dr Carmel Malone of NUI Galway shortlisted for Services to Medicine.

Awards were presented in 31 categories at a black-tie event at the Crowne Plaza Dublin Blanchardstown Hotel on Monday night.