One of the world's leading thoroughbred stud owners, John Magnier, has been selected as the inaugural winner of the Tipperary Chamber President's Award: Saturday 14 October 2017
Thirteen awards in all were given out overnight at a gala, black-tie event in the Clonmel Park Hotel, recognising successful Tipperary based businesses in areas such as Sports, Art & Culture, Food, Retail and Hospitality.
Pride of place, however, went to an adopted son of the county, stud owner and Cork native John Magnier as he received the Tipperary Chamber President's Award.
Magnier, who owns both Coolmore Stud and Ballydoyle Racing Stables in Tipperary, as well as employing 1,000 people there is a major benefactor to the local community and commended the county on its pro-business environment as he received last night's award.
"This is a humbling experience for us and I mean 'us' as I accept this award on behalf of everybody in Coolmore and Ballydoyle. It means so much to us when we get this at home from all of you," he said.
"This area benefits greatly from foreign investment but that foreign investment doesn't have to stay here. In our case we have offices around the world but we encourage people to come here and we want our headquarters here. This is home for us.
"Tipp has always supported us in Coolmore and Ballydoyle by being business friendly."
Also speaking at last night's event, Tipperary Chamber President TJ Kinsella, Director of Production at Boston Scientific - employers of 1,000 people at their Clonmel plant - said that business in the county deserves to be recognised.
"Lots of folks know Tipperary is a great place to live. We've a great tradition of culture, sport. It's a great rural atmosphere. But what people maybe don't realise so much is we have some great business, from the multi-nationals to the small and medium enterprises; those start-ups, those family businesses that are just fantastic in Tipperary and we are here to congratulate and celebrate every one of those here tonight.
"My background is with multi-nationals. I am working with Boston Scientific. I have access to a multi-national. We are making great medical devices and yet I live in the countryside ten minutes from my desk.
"For a multi-national doing business in Tipperary, it's fantastic and has got much better over the years. There's a history of multi-nationals in Tipperary and what's grown up is an ecosystem around that of small companies, of suppliers, of skilled employees, who go and bring those skills back to the companies to support them as they grow. So it's a fantastic place to do business."
Said John McLaughlin, General Manager, ABP Cahir, winners of the Best Business of the Year award: "It's really special to win this award. It emphasises the hard work we have put in for a lot of years in this industry. This is an acknowledgement that we're doing things right and it's nice to be acknowledged by the other companies in Tipperary."