1997 - Ronan McNamara (McNamara Tours and Consultancy)
Northern Ireland's Ronan McNamara won the 1997 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award with his business, McNamara Tours and Consultancy.
After leaving university and spending a year working in Derry City Council’s tourism department, Ronan McNamara understood just how important tourism would be to Northern Ireland’s economic revival.
Ronan McNamara, winner of the 1997 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Inspired by his time at the council, Ronan set up McNamara Tours and Consultancy in November 1995. McNamara Tours and Consultancy offers guided tours throughout Northern Ireland and a complete ground-handling service for International Tour Operators.
The company initially began as a one-man band, but Ronan now employs up to 30 seasonal staff members each year. Although the business is constantly evolving, the quality of service has remained at the same high level that won Ronan the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1997. This is reflected in McNamara Tours’ success at the CIE Tours Awards, where Ronan picked up the “Best Tour Feature for all Ireland Award” in both 2004 and 2006.
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