Limerick man shortlisted for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

John O'Callaghan and John Desmond, Cygnum Timber Frame

A LIMERICK man is one of 23 shortlisted finalists for this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

John O’Callaghan from Killeedy is the financial director of Cork-based Cygnum, a timber frame construction company.

John, along with his business partner John Desmond, managing director of Cygnum, are finalists in the ‘Established’ category of this year’s awards.

Awards will be presented across three categories – Emerging, Established, and International – with one overall winner selected as the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Ireland 2023.

An additional sustainability award will be presented to the finalist who is making the biggest contribution towards environmental sustainability through their business.

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John O’Callaghan of Cygnum said: “Being a finalist in this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme has far exceeded our expectations. The CEO retreat, which took place in Singapore in May, not only gave us exposure to some of the world’s most successful businesspeople but also gave us the opportunity to connect with fellow finalists from 2023 and earlier years.”

“This group really is inspirational, and it’s been great to stay in touch all year. The awards night on November 23rd is a great chance for us to reconnect with the other EOY finalists and share our experiences from the EY programme with the wider Cygnum team,” he said.

Roger Wallace, partner lead for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year programme said: “The EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards night is drawing ever closer and the wait for our finalists is almost over. This year’s finalists are an incredible group of entrepreneurs who are achieving outstanding success both here in Ireland and across the globe. They represent a wide range of sectors, with sustainability businesses being particularly prominent this year.”

“The finalists have certainly presented a challenge to our independent judging panel who have been tasked with selecting this year’s winners. On a personal note, I have really enjoyed getting to know each of this year’s finalists over the past few months and I wish them all the very best for the awards,” he said.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday night (November 23) in Wicklow.