The 10th annual Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards took place on Friday evening, September 11, when Applegreen MSA, Lusk Northbound took home two of the coveted awards, including the night’s big win, Forecourt of the Year.
Earlier in the evening, the Lusk Northbound had also been awarded Forecourt of the Year (category three).
It was a memorable night too for Supermacs chief, Pat ‘Mighty Mac’ McDonagh, who received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the retailing industry, which has spanned more than three decades.
He said afterwards: “We’re delighted. It’s a great honour to accept this award, not just for ourselves, but for the whole team at Supermacs. Starting off 37 years ago, this award was far away from our imagination.”
The sparkling gala event was held at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin, and hosted for the second consecutive year by RTE’s Miriam O’Callaghan. Guests revelled in the excitement as winners were announced in 15 categories.
This year’s IFCR Awards saw more than 400 individual entries from right across Ireland and independent retailers, symbol groups and oil companies were among the finalists at the gala event.
Returning as charity partner, also for the second year, was the Irish Grocers’ Benevolent Fund, who took home more than €4865.
Other unforgettable wins throughout the awards included Maxol, who took home Best Oil Company Initiative for its ‘Moreish’ campaign and Eurospar Ladas Drive in Belfast, who were awarded Green Store of the Year.
Ger Coughlan from Maxol Mace West End, Ballincollig, Co. Cork was presented with the title of Store Manager of the Year.
He said afterwards: “It’s fantastic, I’m absolutely thrilled to win it. We’re really very proud.”
Our main picture above shows Pat and Una McDonagh (centre) from Barack Obama Plaza – Pat accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at Friday night’s event – included are (from left) Wynn Penton, event organiser; Miriam O’Callaghan, compere and Bill Penton, event organiser.