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Finn brothers honoured at CBA awards

Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 4:09pm

Moss and Will Finn were among the winners at the Cork Business Association’s Cork Business of the Year Awards held recently.

Former rugby international Moss and his brother Will recently closed their much-loved business Finn’s Corner, but they were given the Champion of Cork Award at the annual CBA President’s Dinner at Vienna Woods on Saturday.

Caseys Furniture and Cork English College were the other major winners, as they picked up the Cork Business of the Year Award, for Large Business and Medium Business respectively.

A further 10 industry awards were presented on the evening. The awards recognise the outstanding contribution of businesses and individuals working across varied sectors of business in Cork city and its environs.

The winners were:

Best in Retail (sponsored by Cork City Council) - Cork Art Supplies

Best Hotel (sponsored by Kings Laundry) - Clayton Hotel Cork City

Best in Arts, Events and Tourism (sponsored by Irish Hotels Federation) - CADA Performing Arts

Best New Business (sponsored by the Local Enterprise Office) - Workvivo

Best Family Business (sponsored by Musgrave) - The Courtyard on Sober Lane

Best in Digital: (sponsored by B2B Signs and B2B Print) - RedFM

Best Restaurant (sponsored by The English Market) - The Cornstore

Best Café (sponsored by The English Market) - Café Gusto

Best VFI Pub (sponsored by the VFI) - The Franciscan Well

Best in Professional Business Services (sponsored by Peninsula) – Lisney

President of Cork Business Association Philip Gillivan said: “Our awards night is a celebration of the Cork business community who are driving our local economy. It’s a celebration of businesses who go above and beyond, and it’s a celebration of employers, proud employees and ambassadors of our community.

“This year, we received a record number of entrants and I would like to congratulate each of our very deserving finalists and winners. To be a finalist for these awards is a wonderful achievement in itself. I would also like to sincerely thank all of our sponsors, in particular our award sponsor JCD, event partner AIB, and media partner The Irish Examiner, and our independent panel of judges.”

Champion of Cork: Moss and Will Finn, Finn’s Corner

The CBA presented the Champion of Cork Award to Moss and Will Finn, in recognition of this family's contribution to the commercial and sporting life of Cork city. This business, founded in 1878, has traded through a civil war, two world wars, and too many recessions to mention.

Whilst sadly they have recently chosen to close their doors and enjoy their retirement, the corner where it was located will always be known as Finn’s Corner.

Cork Business of the Year Award, Medium Business: Cork English College

Cork English College is an award-winning business founded in 1978 by Valerie Cullen and it is still a family business. Located in the Victorian Quarter with three prominent buildings within a short walking distance, it is now one of Ireland's leading English language colleges. This business has for over 42 years contributed hugely to the educational, cultural and commercial life of Cork city.

Cork Business of the Year Award, Large Business: Caseys Furniture

Casey’s Furniture was founded in 1921 and is due to celebrate its 100th year in business next year. This is a truly remarkable achievement especially considering the products they deal in, which are seldom available nowadays in the centre of a city. An institution in Cork, Peter and David Casey are now part of the third generation of Caseys to run the family business.

The awards were presented at a glittering black-tie President’s Dinner in Cork’s Vienna Woods Hotel attended by more than 400 business people.

This year the menu was extra special as some of Cork’s finest hotel chefs joined forces with the hotel to create a culinary feast. They presented daring and delicate dishes that not only showcased their individual creativity but also used the best local produce found in and around Cork. This was the first time that such a collaboration has taken place in Cork.

The CBA’s aim is to recognise the value and achievement of Cork businesses who have contributed to or promoted the enhancement of the commercial, cultural or civic life of Cork, and to encourage business excellence in the city.

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