Awards

Presented Awards

These awards recognise the outstanding contributions the Irish Diaspora have made in their fields.

Lifetime Achievement Award

About this award

This prestigious award is presented to a single member of the Irish Diaspora who has made a continued and significant contribution to Ireland and to Irish communities abroad.

Outstanding Contribution to Music Award

About this award

The Outstanding Contribution Award honours an extraordinary spectrum of acclaimed work and exceptional contributions to the recipient’s contribution and outstanding service to the global recognition of the Irish Arts, Culture & Heritage.

Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

About this award

The Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award recognises an individual whose actions have had a major impact on the sporting world and promoted Ireland and its sporting achievements around the globe. 

Nominated Awards

The awards are entered by an individual or organisation to recognise an outstanding contribution in their category.

Emerging Business Leader Award

About this award:

This award recognises up-and-coming leaders for their achievements with and their contributions to their organisation while representing their companies and peers.

Applications may be submitted by the individual themselves or by a nominating colleague.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland.

  1. Name of nominee
  2. Job title of nominee
  3. What is the Irish connection of your nominee. (350 words max)
  4. Provide their career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  5. Detail positive contributions and innovations that they have made to their organisation and the development industry above and beyond their job role.  (350 words max) – 25 points
  6. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (350 words max) – 25 points
  7. Describe how they are a role model for other professionals. (150 words) – 25 points
  8. Give reasons why they should be chosen as The Irish Diaspora Emerging business leader. This should include a personal and professional reference to support the nomination.

Business Leader of the Year Award

About this award

This Award recognises the positive contribution made to both business or the community. 

The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding spirit, leadership of employees or strategic direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders. Individuals entering into this category can be self-employed or employed by a business.

Eligibility

This leader(s) must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland. 

Entry criteria

  1. Name of the person being nominated.
  2. Please provide a clear, concise summary of the entry. Why does this individual deserve to win this award? (350 words max)
  3. How has the individual inspired and empowered others to drive the business vision and/or change behaviours? – (350 words max) – 25 points
  4. What management skills and techniques has the individual displayed in engaging with key stakeholders to drive their vision forward?- (350 words max) – 25 points
  5. How has the individual displayed business leadership qualities and a sound commercial understanding to achieve desired outcomes? – (350 words max) – 25 points
  6. Please include short testimony from at least 2 separate parties, citing the reasons why this activity, programme or initiative should win this award. – (350 words max) – 25 points

Company of the Year Award

About this award

This category recognises an organisation that demonstrates excellence across business practice. It recognises an organisation that has clearly demonstrated business growth, profitability, and delivery excellence.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration the business or organisation’s leader(s), must be directly involved or have significant influence in the delivery of the activity related to the nominated category. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

Entry criteria

  1. How would you summarise your company’s performance to date? Here is your opportunity to let the judges know why your nomination should win. (350 words max)
  2. Clearly illustrate the company’s development including profiles of business leaders, long-term vision, and core values that guide the day-to-day operation of the business. (350 words max) – 25 points
  3. Outline how the company has development over the past 12-18 months e.g. the launch of a new product line, re-branding or a Merger or Acquisition. (350 words max) – 25 points
  4. What were the strategies used to drive growth in turnover, operational capacities and employee numbers in addition to laying foundations for future growth. (350 words max) – 25 points
  5. Outline the company’s position and prominence in the market relative to competitors.  (350 words max) – 25 points

Entrepreneur of the Year Award

About this award

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated enterprise, vision, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit either in setting up a successful new small business or successfully developing an existing business or social enterprise.

Applications may be submitted by the individual themselves or by a nominating colleague.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

The business or social enterprise being nominated must be between 1 – 5 years in existence.

Entry criteria

  1. Name of nominee
  2. Job title of nominee
  3. Why was the business/ social enterprise started and what is the primary problem being solved? (350 words max) – 10 points
  4. What were some of the challenges faced during the entrepreneurial journey and how were they overcome? (350 words max) – 15 points
  5. What is the business’s greatest achievement to date? (350 words max) – 25 points
  6. How is the entrepreneur inspiring innovation? (350 words max) – 25 points
  7. What are the sales and marketing strategies to support business growth? (350 words max) – 25 points

Sustainable Business Award

About this award

This category rewards an organisation that demonstrates their power to deliver change with respect to sustainable business practice. It recognises an organisation that has clearly demonstrated longstanding support for corporate sustainability initiatives and have excelled in advancing the interests of people, planet, and profit through innovative practices, products, and services.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration the business or organisation’s leader(s), must be directly involved or have significant influence in the delivery of the activity related to the nominated category. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

Entry criteria

  1. Evidence of a strategy relating to one or more environmental issues, good management & clear communication to stakeholders (350 words max) – 30 points
  2. The leadership in addressing & overcoming climate or environmental challenges (350 words max) – 25 points
  3. Evidence that the organisations environmental objective(s) have been achieved or is/are being achieved (350 words max) – 25 points
  4. The positive impact the business, it’s products or initiativse has had on the environment, community and/or business world (350 words max) – 20 points

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Award

About this award

This Award recognises an individual or organisation that has created, promoted, and maintained diversity and inclusion by establishing an environment that recognises, encourages, and effectively utilises each individual’s talents. Diversity and inclusion should be an inherent trait of any organisation.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration the business or organisation’s leader(s), must be directly involved or have significant influence in the delivery of the activity related to the nominated category.

This leader(s) must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

Entry criteria

  1. Clearly outline how the organisation brings together a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, values and beliefs. – (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Identify how the organisation establishes an environment that recognises and encourages the effective use of each individual’s talents and other contributions to the cause of diversity. – (350 words max) – 25 points
  3. How does the organisation promote and foster the use and engagement with diversity programs such as mentoring, support networks, internship programs, co-op programs, work study, diversity training, or other opportunities. – (350 words max) – 25 points
  4. Describe the management accountability/tracking methods as means of quantifying the impact of the efforts to increase and maintain diversity. – (350 words max) – 25 points

Business Innovation of the Year Award

About this award

This Award recognises and celebrates an organisation’s innovation.  Submissions to this category should be from businesses that have achieved success by identifying and implementing an innovative idea. The innovation can be a product, service, technology or process.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration the business or organisation’s leader(s), must be directly involved or have significant influence in the delivery of the activity related to the nominated category.

This leader(s) must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

Entry criteria

  1.     What specific problems(s) does the innovation solve? How large is the market or the group of individuals who may benefit from the innovation? – (350 words max) – 25 points
  2.     How was the innovation successful for the business and its stakeholders. – (350 words max) – 25 points
  3.     Describe how your organisation measures the effectiveness of the innovation – (350 words max) – 25 points
  4.     Please include short testimony from at least 2 separate parties, citing the reasons why this activity, programme or initiative should win this award. – (350 words max) – 25 points

Construction Leader of the Year Award

About this award

This Award recognises the positive contribution made to both business or the community in the construction sector.

The award recognises those who demonstrate outstanding spirit, leadership of employees or community organisations, strategic direction and innovative ideas, whilst providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming leaders in construction.

Individuals entering into this category can be self-employed or employed by a business or involved in a community organisation.

Eligibility

This leader(s) must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland. 

Entry criteria

  1. Name of the person being nominated.
  2. Please provide a clear, concise summary of the entry. Why does this individual deserve to win this award? (350 words max)
  3. How has the individual inspired a good workforce culture and focus on diversity and inclusion? – (350 words max) – 25 points
  4. Delivery of a clear vision and strategy: What management skills and techniques has the individual displayed in engaging with key stakeholders to drive their vision forward?- (350 words max) – 25 points
  5. How has the individual displayed business leadership qualities and a sound commercial understanding to achieve desired outcomes? – (350 words max) – 25 points
  6. Please include short testimony from at least 2 separate parties, citing the reasons why this activity, programme or initiative should win this award. – (350 words max) – 25 points

Building Britain Award 2023

About this award

This award recognises an Irish-owned or founded construction company operating in the UK that has made a significant impact within the wider construction sector in Britain and has shown demonstrable success and achievement in their field.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration the business or organisation’s leader(s), must be directly involved or have significant influence in the delivery of the activity related to the nominated category. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

Entry criteria

  1. Name of nominated company or organisation?
  2. What is the Irish connection of the company or organisation? (350 words max)
  3. How many employees are directly employed within the organisation?  – (350 words max) – 15 points
  4. What is the current annual turnover of the organisation? What are the growth plans and strategy to deliver? – (350 words max) – 25 points
  5. Please provide an example of a recent significant project the business has delivered in the previous 2 years. – (350 words max) – 35 points
  6. Please provide short testimony from at least 2 separate parties, citing the reasons why the nominated organisation should win this award. – (350 words max) – 25 points

Employer of the Year Award

About this award

This award recognises an organisation that can best demonstrate an excellent working environment and the provision of opportunity for the Irish diaspora.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration the business or organisation’s leader(s), must be directly involved or have significant influence in the delivery of the activity related to the nominated category. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

Entry criteria

  1. Please provide a brief description of the organisation for example when it was established, number of employees and leaders, with Irish heritage, in key teams in the organisation.
  2. Outline how your organisation recruit, develop and retain Irish Diaspora, demonstrating how the strategy has benefited the organisation.
  3. Outline the employee benefits package and other rewards, including details of any unique offerings.
  4. Please include facts and figures outlining employee satisfaction, including any downward trends in annual figures.
  5. Include any other facts or statements that you feel are relevant to support the entry.

Investing in Ireland Award

About this award

This award recognises an individual who has made a continued and significant contribution to Ireland and to Irish communities through their business and community investments. The award nomination should reference one of the following Economic Benefit; Job Creation; Innovation; People & Skills Development; Community Development; Diversity and Sustainability

Entries can refer to activity that commenced between 1 February 2022 and 28 February 2023. Ongoing investments and projects are admissible.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

Entry criteria:

  1. Highlight the investment activity or initiative and the number of years the investment has been taking place.
  2. Outline the extent to which the activity or initiative positively impacts those that directly engage with it. – (350 words max) – 25 points
  3. Evidence of a strategy relating to the investment activity with a direct focus on outcomes – (350 words max) – 25 points
  4. Describe the measurement of the effectiveness of the investment activity or initiative – (350 words max) – 25 points
  5. Please include short testimony from at least 2 separate parties, citing the reasons why this activity, programme or initiative should win this award. – (350 words max) – 25 points

Community Hero Award

About this award

This category recognises volunteers or community associations who strive to make sure there is a place in society for everyone from the Irish Diaspora and those who are devoted to supporting their community, whether that community, an at risk group or their local neighbourhood. 

Examples of volunteer activities that would fit into this category: Volunteer at homeless support service; Organise community groups in their town; Support and celebrates an Irish Community community outside of Ireland; Volunteer in a community partnership or other local association; Share their time to support and welcome asylum seekers or refugees; Befriend older people living alone; Volunteer to teach sign language throughout the community; or take part in any other volunteer activity that supports their local Irish Diaspora community!

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for consideration, nominees must be habitually resident outside the island of Ireland and be a member of the Irish diaspora. This comprises emigrants from Ireland and their descendants around the world and those with a tangible connection to Ireland. The business, community group or organisation must be registered and operate outside of the island of Ireland.

Entry criteria:

  1. Describe the nominee, and indicate if it is a group or individual.
  2. Describe the contribution, event, project or activity. – (350 words max) – 25 points
  3. What is the impact of your contribution? Who is impacted? – (350 words max) – 25 points
  4. Discuss any barriers faced and how they have been overcome. – (350 words max) – 25 points
  5. Identify and explain any innovative or entrepreneurial approaches to delivering the service. – (350 words max) – 25 points
  6. In 25 words (2-3 sentences), please summarise the nomination; highlighting the achievements and impacts made.
    This summary will be used for all media purposes and onstage presentations at the gala dinner.