The Irish Local Development Network (ILDN) Border Region Awards were conferred in the Farnham Estate last Friday evening, with one Cavan and two Donegal entrepreneurs emerging as the three regional winners. They will now proceed to the national ILDN Enterprise Awards in Tullamore in May.
Rachael McCabe, Sound in Motion School of Music, from County Cavan, emerged as winner; along with Patrick McDermott, Creative Landscaping and Daniel McGrory, Building Services, both from Inishowen.
In all, 14 entrepreneurs from all over the North West anxiously waited to hear Terry Hyland, CEO Breffni Integrated, a member of ILDN, announce the winners.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Mr Hyland outlined: “There are 49 Local Development Companies (LDCs) operating throughout the country and their representative organisation, the Irish Local Development Network (ILDN), is championing the recognition of enterprise creation in the border region through this business awards initiative.
“In my view every one of the companies represented here tonight are winners. They all have had different business experiences and challenges and we in the LDCs were delighted to be able to support them to set up their own business. I know that they have all worked very hard to get to where they are tonight, nominated for a prestigious award.”
Rachael McCabe from Mountnugent told the Celt that her music school is based along the Clones to Cavan Road, just on the outskirts of Clones. The business has grown steadily since it was established in 2016, necessitating Rachael to expand into a purpose-built studio.
“Learning music brings young people out of themselves and lets them explore their individuality,” said Rachael.
“A lot of the students we teach will go on for accredited examinations, whether that be the Royal Irish or the London Academy of Rock School. Many will go onto study music in college or maybe they want to be in drama groups and want a musical background,” she continued.
Currently ‘Sound in Motion School of Music’ offers music tuition in piano, piano accordion, guitar, bass, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, musical theatre, singing and pre-instrumental classes. It is an educational establishment specialising in the study and training of music to primary and secondary school children, from beginners to grade 8 level and diploma.