The All-Ireland Credit Union Awards have been established to celebrate and commemorate the hard work, diligence and dedication of the staff, volunteers
and directors that comprise Ireland’s most loved and trusted financial institution.
Despite the challenges of the last 2 years – Credit Unions continued to grow – offering support, service and hope to their members.
This year, for the first time, we will recognise the unwavering effort of those who devote their time to making people’s lives better.
Congratulations to all our Shortlistees and Winners at the inaugural All Ireland Credit Union Awards 2022.
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Winner : PETER HENSEY, Tullamore Credit Union
RISING STAR OF THE YEAR
Winner : LAKSHAY MOHAN SETH, Palmerston Credit Union
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Joint Winner : CHRISTINE COSTELLO, Donore Credit Union
Joint Winner: OWEN YOUNG, Cairdre Credit Union
SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
PAULA MAGUIRE, Lucan Credit Union
DISTINGUISHED LEADER OF THE YEAR
Winner BRIAN O’NEILL, Coalisland Credit Union
SOCIAL DIVIDEND INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
Winner : SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD – DONORE CREDIT UNION
Winner : SUSTAINABILITY AWARD – ATHENRY CREDIT UNION
BEST MARKETING INITIATIVE
Winner : BEST MARKETING INITIATIVE – CARA CREDIT UNION
Winner : BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA – ACCESS CREDIT UNION
Winner : BEST INNOVATION PROJECT – DROGHEDA CREDIT UNION
SPECIAL JUDGES AWARD IN MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Winner : NAOMH BREANDAN
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Shortlisted in this category are :
Pat Breen, Caidre Credit Union
Patsy McShane, Ballinascreen Credit Union
Bernie O’Mara, Blanchardstown & District Union
Frances Bradley, Castlecomer Credit Union
Martin Nolan, Lucan District Credit Union
Brendan Conlon, Moy Credit Union
Mick Culkeen, St Jarlaths Credit Union
Brian Gunning, Tullamore Credit Union
Michel Gormley, Westport Credit Union
Winner : BERNIE O’MARA Blanchardstown & District Credit Union
Winner : CARA CREDIT UNION
Press Release CU Awards, October 27, 2022
The inaugural, all Ireland CU Awards were held at a gala dinner in the Intercontinental Hotel in Dublin on Saturday October 22nd. Coinciding with International Credit Union Day. The night was deemed a huge success by the many Credit Union attendees and their sponsors. Such was the positive feedback received by the founders of the CU Awards, Sean Staunton and Michael Byrne that a date of 21 October 2023 has been agreed for the next celebration of the Credit Union movement, which promises to be even bigger and more entertaining.
The glittering event celebrated the many achievements of Credit Unions throughout the island of Ireland across all platforms of business, wellbeing, individual contributions and lifetime achievements.
The judging panel was composed of business and community leaders, Chairing the judging panel was Joanne Griffin, Thought partner/CFO and author of Humology, and included Donal McKillop, Professor of Financial Services, Queens University, Belfast, Olive McCarthy Senior Lecturer University Cork, Lorraine Corcoran CEO Afanite, Social Economy & Governance Expert, Chair of the Credit Union Advisory Committee and Nick Money, Director of Development at Swoboda Research Centre.
The event organizers, Anne Purtell and Donna O Connor, have extensive experience in business and event organization and management.
They can be contacted at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for information on the 2023 event.
In the meantime, have October 21 October 2023 as a must attend date in your schedule.
We recognise excellence across the following categories:
2. YOUR PEOPLE AWARD:
Volunteer of the Year
Employee of the Year
Rising Star – recognising people who have made important advances at the early stages of the Credit Union journey
Distinguished Leader of the Year
3. SOCIAL DIVIDEND AWARD:
Social Impact Award
Best Community Based Project of the Year
Advancement of Diversity and Inclusion
4. BEST CREDIT UNION SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE AWARD:
Best Credit Union Sustainability Initiative
Best Community Based Sustainability Initiative Supported by a Credit Union
5. PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS AWARD:
Best Marketing Initiative
Best Innovation Project
Best Use of Social Media
And our Special Award
7. MEMBERS’ CHOICE AWARD
CU Awards CO CLG (not for profit company), Harper House, 43-45, Dublin Street Balbriggan, Co Dublin K32NX58
Company Registration # 721094. Directors Sean Staunton, Michael Byrne