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Supplier of the Year Awards 2016

Posted: Feb 1, 2017

Supplier of the Year Awards for 2016 were presented in Dublin on January 22, 2017. Co-sponsored by NACTA and Enterprise Ireland, and voted on by retailer members, these awards acknowledge and applaud outstanding customer service. Congratulations to all nominees and winners!

Jewelry Supplier of the Year (Top 5)
Keith Jack
Shanore (Winner)


Gift Supplier of the Year (Top 5)
Celtic Images
Bridget’s of Erin
The James Trading Group
Royal Tara (Winner)


Supplier of the Year of Textiles Apparel & Accessories (Top 5) 
Jimmy Hourihan
West End Knitwear
Branigan Weavers
Latchfords of Ireland
Mucros Weavers (Winner)


Best Sales & Service Person (Top 5)
Michelle Burke, Ireland’s Eye Knitwear
Aiden Cullen, Food Ireland Wholesale
David Duggan, Solvar
Lisa O’Neill, Boru Jewelry
Alan Clancy, Shanore (Winner)

Best New Vendor: Celtic Gent
Best Packaging & Presentation (Jewelry): Keith Jack, Inc.
Best Packaging & Presentation (Gift): Fragrances of Ireland
Best Promotional Support (Jewelry): Shanore
Best Promotional Support (Gift/Accessories): Ireland’s Eye Knitwear
Best eCommerce Support (Jewelry): Shanore
Hottest Product of 2016:  Waterfall Cardigan by Ireland’s Eye Knitwear
Best Craft Company: The Claypipe Centre
Best New Product: Directional Signs by Memories of Ireland
Best Jewelry Designs: Keith Jack, Inc


Celtic Warrior Awards

Posted: Feb 1, 2017

Celtic Warrior Awards are presented to outstanding merchants in recognition of active participation in the Celtic market thereby supporting and promoting Celtic heritage in his/her community, in North America and in the Celtic Nations. 
The following retailers were inducted on January 22nd, 2017:

Megan O’Meara, O’Meara’s Irish House, Fish Creek, WI

Paul Mackey & Jennifer Dumas, Ireland on the Square, NH, MA & ME

Ashley Rooney Hedtke, Celtic Aer, Mohegan Lake, NY