Invited guests gathered at the French Ambassador’s Residence last night, Tuesday, 5th March, to congratulate Veuve Clicquot’s new Business Woman of the Year for 2013, Anna May McHugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Association. The prestigious award ceremony was hosted by television personality, Claire Byrne, with Anna May receiving her award from Aymeric Sancerre , director of international communications for Veuve Clicquot, who flew in from Paris for the event. Gue
Guests on the night included Her Excellency, French Ambassador, Emmanuelle d’Achon and RTE presenters Claire Byrne and Marian Finucane. Also in attendance were Anna May’s daughter and the National Ploughing Association press officer Anna Marie McHugh, Jane Baker, the joint owner of the Fran and Jane, stylist Cathy O’Connor, Irish designer Joanne Hynes, make-up artist Zoe Clarke, IMAGE Magazine editor Melanie Morris, along with Peaches and Domini Kemp of ITSA Bagel.
There were a number of previous winners in attendance too including Harmonia CEO Norah Casey, Angela Collins O’Mahony, Ireland’s first female steeplejack, Mairead Sorensen, Chairperson of Butlers Chocolates and Carol Moffett of Moffett Engineering, along with some of this year’s judges, Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company and Newstalk presenter, Bobby Kerry, Carolan Lennon, chief commercial officer at eircom, Imelda Reynolds, partner and chair of Beauchamps Solicitors, Orna Mulcahy, managing editor of the Irish Times and partner and chair of Beauchamps Solicitors Imelda Reynolds .
On arrival, guests were treated to a Veuve Clicquot champagne reception, and canapés. Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label was served to toast Anna May and she was presented with a specially commissioned silver trophy replicating a bottle of La Grande Dame. In her capacity as the award recipient, Anna May will become a brand ambassador for Veuve Clicquot in Ireland and will attend the International Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award International Forum, which will take place in France in October. Here Anna May will meet with the winners from the other 17 nations who take part in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award. Commenting on the award, Anna May Mc Hugh, managing director of the National Ploughing Association said; ‘I am so delighted to accept the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year. Award. To be chosen as this year’s recipient, among so many great business women in Ireland, makes me very proud indeed. It is a fantastic honor to be commended as a business woman for my work in this area, and I feel that now, more than ever, it is essential to recognise the important role that women play in various different businesses, both at home and abroad.’
Here is a snapshot of the style!