Marie’s charity book idea was a real winner

Women in Business winners Marie Carroll O’Sullivan (left) and Louise McGillycuddy

The woman responsible for the Killarney Behind the Mask book fundraiser for local charities had been honoured at the annual Kerry Women in Business awards.

Photographer Marie Carroll O’Sullivan brought home the women in technology award from the gala prizegiving ceremony in the Rose Hotel, Tralee last night and she was also a finalist in the community champion category.

Killarney Behind the Mask, which was published just before last Christmas, chronicles in words and pictures how the people of Killarney coped during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.

Enjoying the prizewinning banquet in the Rose Hotel were, from left, Christina Tangney, Mary O’Connor, Marie Carroll O’Sullivan and Sheila Casey

The hardback coffee table publication with 364 pages tells the stories of ordinary men, women and children whose lives were turned upside down from January to December 2020 as Killarney battened down the hatches.

The beneficiaries of the sale of the book are the Kerry branch of the Irish Cancer Society and Pieta House-Nathan’s Walk while Marie – who operates the Little Memory Gallery – also decided to donate part of the proceeds to purchase pampering gifts for the Covid-19 staff at University Hospital Kerry.

Louise McGillycuddy, originally from Killarney and now living in Killorglin where she is a director of Brand Geeks, was also an award winner and other recipients from Killarney included Nicola Lynch, Zenergy Juices; Donna Griffin, Creative Kids; Niamh Dwyer, My Career Plan; Catherine Casey, The Marketing Club; Philippa Ball of Pippa’s Pets and Madeline Walsh, Mountain Adventure Walks.

The Connect Kerry lifetime achievement award which was presented to Margaret Gilbert of Changingtracks4life Coaching.

Over 300 people attended the awards prizewinning banquet in the Rose Hotel and the host for the evening was broadcaster John Drummey.

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