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Caroline O’Neill Recognised as Northern Ireland’s Inspirational Woman of the Year

by Aiken PR

08/03/2021

On Sunday evening at the inaugural virtual Women in Business Inspiring Women Awards, local lady Caroline O’Neill was recognised from over 300 nominations as Northern Ireland’s Inspirational Woman of the Year.

Caroline O’Neill, from DIGG for Success, was chosen from the winners of the five award categories at a live vote during the awards ceremony for her generosity of spirit as she raised over £100K for Cash for Kids and various other charities at Christmas time to ensure no child was without a gift on Christmas Day.

The Awards which are sponsored by Virgin Media Business, were developed to celebrate outstanding women from across all disciplines in Northern Ireland who have gone above and beyond to care, support, unite and inspire, with extraordinary acts of purpose, support, passion and kindness.

Some truly innovative and motivational women were nominated and formally recognised under the five categories, with Caroline picking up the top award. Category award winners include:

• Person of Purpose Award: Sinead Norton, Mums at Work Network

• Mentor of the Year Award: Carmel McKinney OBE, Chair Person, NI Fire & Rescue

• Agent of Change Award: Martine Mulhern, Principal of St. Cecilia’s College, Derry

• Generosity of Spirit Award: Caroline O’Neill, DIGG for Success

• Innovator of the Year Award: Sarah Scullion, Community Calling

Roseann Kelly, Chief Executive at Women in Business commented, “I would like to congratulate Caroline on her award, she is undoubtedly a worthy winner who has demonstrated great compassion and strength of character throughout her career, but particularly over the past year, which due to the COVID–19 pandemic has thrown up so many challenges. She rose to all these challenges and is an inspiration to us all.

“As I read through the nominations, I was humbled by what these amazing women have achieved. They have persevered through a period historically recognised as a once in a generation or indeed once in a century global event which has brought about radical change to daily life on an unprecedented scale. As a business network, I am delighted that Women in Business has evolved its traditional business awards to celebrate and encourage women to achieve success in the workplace, in their homes and in their roles as female business leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Commenting on the Awards, Seamus McCorry, Regional Director & Head of Business Sales – Northern Ireland at Virgin Media, said: “The hard work and dedication of all the category winners has been truly humbling to see. Our heartfelt congratulations go to Caroline, who, during the toughest of years, has shown such care and determination; the very qualities epitomised by the Women in Business Inspiring Women Awards. We’re honoured to continue supporting the awards, celebrating the important role played by business leaders and entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, and we hope to be able to congratulate Caroline in person in the near future.”

For further information on the awards and nominees, visit Women in Business