Cobh Face of Business & Salesperson of the Year Competition


Each year, the Cobh & Harbour Chamber organise a prestigious local competition to find the “Face of Business” and “Salesperson of the Year”.  The event is sponsored by the Chamber, Cobh Town Council and the Allied Irish Bank.

The “Face of Business” awards those who have put considerable efforts into improving the facade of their business. There are two categories – Owner Occupied and Rented Premises. The competition has been running for a few years now. It always brings excitement and anticipation to local businesses and their customers.

With over one hundred and fifty businesses to judge this year, it was no mean feat to choose a winner. To assist with the judging, four Transition Year students from Colaiste Muire took photos of the frontages of these businesses. A huge thank you and well done to Adam, Jessica, Niamh and Nicola for your hard work!

We are now excited to announce the names of the finalists and the eventual winners/runners up. Well done to everyone. The finalists in “Face of Business” Rented Category were:

  • The Mauretania
  • The Princess Room
  • The River Room
  • The Rob Roy
  • Sorrento

The runners up were Sorrento and Mauretania. The winner was the Rob Roy. Well done.

The finalists in the Owner Occupied Category were:

  • Cobh Pharmacy
  • Cobh Road Train
  • Commodore
  • Jerome’s
  • Kelly’s
  • Mimmos
  • The Roaring Donkey

The runners-up  were The Commodore and Mimmos.  The winner was Jeromes’s.

Well done to all of the nominees, runners-up and especially to Rob Roy and Jerome’s.

There were ten finalists in the Cobh and Harbour Chamber Salesperson of the Year.

  • Stephen Brittion (Garvey’s)
  • Jennifer Buckley (Titanic Experience)
  • Carol Wilshaw (Coral Leisure)
  • Pa Higgins (The Quays)
  • Mairead Hopkins (Wheelchair Shop)
  • Troy Hurley (Carry Out)
  • Terri McCarthy (Centra)
  • Eric Lomas (Post Office)
  • Julie Murtagh O’Connell (Cobh Heritage Centre)
  • Sylvia Whelehan (Newtown Off Licence)

The finalists were all chosen for their very high standard of customer service. The runners up were Stephen Britton and Terri McCarthy.  The winner was the bubbly Jennifer Buckley.

Well done to everyone involved. Thank you to the Chamber President John Sweeney, who spoke so eloquently about all the nominees and the spirit of the competition. Thank you to sponsors of the”Face of Business”, Cobh Town Council, represented by Town Clerk Paraic Lynch. The sponsors of the beautiful “Salesperson of the Year” crystal bowl was the Allied Irish Bank (AIB), represented by David Perrott. Thank you to Deputy Mayor Paddy Whitty who deputised for Mayor Sinead Sheppard. Citizen of the Year Jim O’Rourke was also in attendance, as were past Presidents of the Chamber and Chamber members.

Please see the gallery for photos.