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Pictured at the Kilashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare overall winner of the Pride of Centra Awards 2016, Elaine Kirwan from Centra Charleville Limerick Rd. Co. Cork. Picture Colm Mahady / Fennells - Copyright© Fennell Photography 2016

Pictured at the Kilashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare overall winner of the Pride of Centra Awards 2016, Elaine Kirwan from Centra Charleville Limerick Rd. Co. Cork.

The third annual Pride of Centra Awards Ceremony took place on 30 November at the Killashee Hotel in Co. Kildare. Seventeen of Centra’s superb employees were honoured for their passion and commitment to their work in 2016. An outstanding achievement to be selected from 11,000 employees of Centra stores across the country.

The star of the show Elaine Kirwan, Pride of Centra 2016 winner from Centra Charleville (Limerick Rd) in Co Cork. Elaine, who is a store manager, took home top honours for the positive impact she has on the store and her colleagues, her optimistic outlook at everything she does and her passion for the job. Elaine has always encouraged the store to be actively involved in the community and has helped cement the store’s reputation in the local area. Well done Elaine!

Presented by broadcaster Sybil Mulcahy, the Pride of Centra Awards were established to acknowledge staff who demonstrate passion and enthusiasm in cementing Centra as the number one convenience retailer at the heart of communities across the country.

Four category winners were:

  • Pride of Centra Employee Award – Sean O’Shea from Centra Dooradoyle, Co Limerick
  • Pride of Centra Department Manager Award – Celine Cassidy from Centra Bridgetown, Co Wexford
  • Pride of Centra Store Manager Award – Elaine Kirwan from Centra Charleville (Limerick Rd), Co Cork
  • Pride of Centra Outstanding contribution Award – Eileen Lynch from Centra Carnmore, Co Galway

There were 17 finalists from nine counties; Donegal, Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford, Sligo, Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway. All shortlisted candidates were recognised for their ongoing commitment to their work with community initiatives, charity organisations, customer service and engaging activities in-store.

Pride of Centra 2016 Finalists

Employee Award

  • Ronan Cunningham – Centra Killybegs, Co Donegal
  • Marion O’Brien – Centra Charleville (Main St), Co Cork
  • Kris Dzswonnik – Centra Sandyford Hall, Dublin
  • Seán O’Shea – Centra Dooradoyle, Co Limerick
  • Kathleen Hurley – Centra Ballylickey, Co Cork
  • Iveta Jansone – Centra Grand Parade, Cork

Department Manager Award

  • Margaret O’Donoghue – Centra Lismore, Co Waterford
  • Melissa Kelleher – Centra Carrigtwohill, Co Cork
  • Barry O’Sullivan – Centra Maugheraboy, Co Sligo
  • Celine Cassidy – Centra Bridgetown, Co Wexford

Store Manager Award

  • Harmendra ‘Himi’ Singh – Centra Upper William St, Limerick
  • Donna Willis – Centra Caltragh, Co Sligo
  • Elaine Kirwan – Centra Charleville (Limerick Rd), Co Cork
  • Fiona Walsh – Centra Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny

Outstanding Contribution Award

  • Máirtín Kelly – Centra Mountain Top, Co Donegal
  • Eileen Lynch – Centra Carnmore, Co Galway
  • Bernard Lynch – Centra Crosshaven, Co Cork

Commenting on the Pride of Centra Awards, Luke Hanlon, HR Director of Centra, said; “It has been a really exciting year for Centra with our new ‘Live Every Day’ brand positioning which encourages people to make the most of every day and the finalists here today have been key in bringing this to life. We are extremely proud of the 11,000 staff members who represent the Centra brand and these awards are important in recognising outstanding staff members commitment to their customers and their local community. Their dedication is very important to us as we understand the strength they bring to the Centra brand and today we show our appreciation of that. I would like to congratulate all our finalists, in particular Elaine, on this wonderful achievement.”

Great work and commitment won’t go unrecognised at Centra. Well done to everyone!

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