Retail Excellence announces Ireland’s Top 5 Employees

The Top 5 Finalists in Retail Excellence's Rising Star of the Year and Manager of the Year Awards categories have today been named.



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15 September 2017

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Individuals from Dublin, Cork and beyond have been named as Retail Excellence’s Top 5 employees.

Clare Breathnach of The Loop Dublin Airport, Derek Burke of Dairygold Co-Op Superstores Midleton, Cork, Terrence Devlin of McCabes Pharmacy, Dundrum Town Centre, Donna Keenan of Harvey Norman, Nutgrove Shopping Centre and Chris Kirwan of Ecco, Dún Laoghaire all made the Top5 Rising Star of the Year.

Meanwhile, Sandra Devenney of McElhinneys Department Store Ballybofey, Donegal, Andrew Finnegan of Compu b, Grafton Street, Donal Flynn of Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street, Dublin, Dwayne Hunt of SuperValu,  Kinsale, Cork and Liam Kenny Arboretum, Leighlinbridge, Carlow Laoghaire made the Top 5 Manager of the Year shortlist.

The Top5 finalists in each category are part of the Retail Excellence Awards, which were established in 1997 to promote best practice and encourage high standards in the Irish retail industry and are now the largest and most prestigious of its kind in Ireland. The Awards, will take place on Saturday, November 11 at Killarney’s Malton Hotel.

David Fitzsimons, Chief Executive of Retail Excellence commended all of the hundreds of entries that were received.

“As with other years, we are delighted withi the quality of applicants this years,” he said. “The very high standard set by the Top 5 demonstrate the importance of service and customer engagement among Irish retail employees which made selecting this year’s Top5 particularly difficult.

“Congratulations to the successful entrants who will now go forward to the next stage of the process when they meet with the judging panel in October,” Fitzsimons added.






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