Eileen Munnelly won the award for her innovative network - Irish Lives Remembered, at the Network Louth Meath Business Women of the Year Awards last week
The awards, supported by Louth County Enterprise Board were presented by Mrs Mairead McGuinness MEP at the Network Louth Meath Business Awards luncheon at Bellewstown Races.
Anne Reilly, Managing Director of Paycheck Plus has been named ‘Self Employed’ Network Louth Meath Business Woman of the Year while Sarah Daly, Business Development Manager from Louth Craftmark and Creative Spark is the winner of the ‘Employed’ Business Women of The Year award.
Eileen Munnelly, Publisher and Managing Director of Irish Lives Remembered won the Business Woman of the Year Award for new businesses.
Dundalk’s Eileen Munnelly set up up Irish Lives Remembered, a free to join Genealogy Community to help people locate your Irish ancestors.
Eileen set up the business a year and a half ago when she noticed the demand on the market for a Genealogy community.
Based in Dundalk, the business is dedicated to preserving the memory of deceased people of Irish heritage globally by providing a social media based Genealogy website and digital magazine.
Eileen’s vision is for Irish communities at home and abroad to connect by joining in on the online genealogy forums.
Whether you are starting out on your ancestral research or are looking for additional records information, there are genealogy professionals and genealogy volunteers that may provide recommendations.
What makes Irish Lives Remembered really stand out is the great attention to detail throughout the web site, there are groups and discussion forums for each of the thirty-two Irish counties as well as sections devoted to memorials and upcoming anniversaries and birthday remembrances.
Through the dedicated pages for each county in Ireland, members can get down to grass roots level in seeking information about their deceased family members.
You can become a member by signing up for free and then choose the county you wish to trace your ancestors in and join the group.
Once you have joined the group, you can participate in the ancestoral discussions and post your questions.
This attention to detail results in a truly comprehensive and personal approach to Irish genealogy.
The Dundalk Democrat spoke to Eileen about her award,
“It’s a fantastic achievement to be awarded this new business award and I’m very grateful to Network Louth who are a wonderful resource that anyone starting a new business should tap into as starting a new business can be a very lonely existence.
This award will drive me forward to the next level, to produce good, quality content each month with interesting articles and tools for the Irish Diaspora.”
Genealogy tourism is increasing and with the imminent arrival of ‘The Gathering’ 2013, a series of events and festivals to celebrate Irish culture, history and genealogy, now is the time to publish a free digital monthly resource to help people trace their Irish ancestors.
Eileen also publishes Ireland’s only free monthly digital Genealogy Magazine which had 18,000 circulations for July issue.
The digital magazine can be found at www.irishlivesremembered.ie
The Irishlivesremembered Genealogy community has volunteer members from around the world that actively contribute on the Tracing Your Ancestor forums and new Genealogy volunteers are welcome to join and contribute.
Volunteers can also create related special interest groups on the site.
The Network Louth Business Women of the Year award is open to empowered woman who are self-employed for more than 3 years.
They must demonstrate business spirit and business acumen and have developed a business idea from concept to commercial success.
The category is open to professional women who have their own practices such as accountants, solicitors, dentist, doctors, artists, partnerships or any other industry trade or profession.
To be successful in this category, business women had to demonstrate that they had clear goals to support their vision for the future.
The Business Woman of the Year for New Business category is for inspired woman, who have established a business within the last 3 years and are embarking on an exciting new path in life with a fledgling business that demonstrates huge potential.
Network Louth Meath provides a forum where women in business, the professions and the arts can exchange business ideas and increase their business contacts.
Network Louth hold monthly networking meetings on the first Thursday of each month in Co. Louth where a guest speaker is invited to educate, inform and entertain on topics of interest to business women under the themes of ‘My Work, My Life and My Play’.
The Network offers members support, friendship and the opportunity to attend regular seminars and workshops on business topics, a forum for networking, learning and exchanging contacts and regular communications on issues and opportunities that may be of interest to them.