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2014 Press Releases

Business Awards for UCC and Mick Murphy Menswear

11 Nov 2014

UCC and Mick Murphy Menswear have been announced as Q2 winners of the Cork Business Awards by the Cork Business Association.

As quarter finalists, both organisations will be entered into the prestigious Cork Business Association ‘Business of the Year’ Awards, in their respective large and medium/small business categories.  The overall award-winner will be announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony in The Clarion Hotel on Saturday 24 January 2015.

Speaking at the awards’ presentation, Lawrence Owens, CEO of Cork Business Association, said, “The Cork Business of the Year Awards identify, honour and acknowledge businesses which have contributed to or promoted the enhancement of the commercial, cultural or civic life in Cork City and I would like to sincerely congratulate the UCC and Mick Murphy Menswear for their continued efforts”. 

Discussing why these organisations in particular stood out over the past few months, James O’Sullivan, said “UCC is 170 years old next year, and has over 20,000 students attending its many academic offerings. It is a first-class teaching and learning environment with a constant output of world-class research. They were put forward for the Award because of their huge contribution to the economy of Cork throughout the decades"

“Mick Murphy Menswear has been a Cork Institution since 1959.  The store, considered one of Cork’s most respected Men’s and Boys' outfitters, relies on traditional values and has continued to trade strongly despite difficult economic circumstances. Their vision for the future is undoubtedly a positive one as they strive for continued success.”

Dr Michael Murphy, President of UCC commented: “We are delighted to accept this award. Education makes a vital contribution to our society and we feel this recognition is testament to the enormous economic value of that. We in turn would like to thank the people and businesses in the region for their support over the years. We are immensely proud to continue to work together to ensure that the Cork and Munster regions remain economic success stories. As we look ahead to 2015, the year in which we will celebrate the bicentenary of George Boole, mathematical genius and the first Professor of Mathematics at UCC, we will also be reflecting on his legacy, which has so positively impacted the arenas of business, communications and learning, both nationally and internationally. Those interested can visit for more.”

The Cork Business Association is now calling for nominations for their Q3 Awards and invite businesses to submit their own company or recommend one that has gone above and beyond. Nomination forms are available on or by calling 021 427 8295.

The Judging panel includes:  The Irish Examiner, An Garda Siochána Chief Superintendent Michael Finn, Brown Thomas Cork General Manager Caroline Counihan, and CBA Director & Past President James O’Sullivan (Chair of the Awards Committee).

The awards are sponsored by O Callaghan Properties, The Irish Examiner and the Clarion Hotel Cork.

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