Disappointment for Limerick entrepreneur

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

THERE was disappointment last Thursday for Raheen businessman Shane Leahy, as he missed out on the title of Entrepreneur of the Year.

THERE was disappointment last Thursday for Raheen businessman Shane Leahy, as he missed out on the title of Entrepreneur of the Year.

Mr Leahy (pictured) was one of 24 businesspeople from Ireland, and across the world, in line to win the 15th annual Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Former Garryowen star Mr Leahy heads up the Birmingham firm Oxygen8, which provides integrated mobile services to global firms, including Aer Lingus, and Paddy Power in this country. The firm employs 200 people worldwide, including 20 including at the firm’s Irish offices in Dublin.

Sadly, Mr Leahy lost out in his category to Colm Piercy, the CEO of Digiweb.

Meanwhile, the prize for the overall Entrepreneur of the Year - presented by president Michael D Higgins at Dublin’s CityWest Hotel, went to Dr Edmond Harty, the founder of Dairymaster.