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RDS Gold Medal for Enterprise

The RDS Gold Medal Award for Enterprise is one of the Society's flagship awards, presented annually to an individual who has made an exceptional impact on Irish industry and commerce.

To have been nominated for the RDS Gold Medal for Enterprise the individual must have shown considerable professional and leadership skills and have an outstanding track record in business achievement which has contributed to employment and economic development in Ireland.

Details of the 2018 RDS Gold Medal Award Recepient and Lunch will be made available shortly. 

2017 Gold Medal

Ms Moya Doherty, Chair RTE and Creative Industry Advocate was the 2017 RDS Gold Medallist for Enterprise. Moya Doherty is an extraordinary business woman whose influence and impact has transformed the creative economy in Ireland. She has shown over her remarkable career talent, vision and confidence which has inspired a younger generation of business people to follow in her trailblazing footsteps. As co-creator of Riverdance Moya Doherty has been a catalyst in transforming the image of Ireland around the world.

Moya Doherty has received numerous awards and honours including: Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and honorary doctorates from the University of Ulster and the National University of Ireland in recognition of her success and her ongoing commitment to the arts in Ireland.


Previous Gold Medal Recepients

Since its inception in 1992 the Medal has been awarded to many of Ireland’s most prominent business people including: Dr Peter Sutherland; Sir Michael Smurfit of Jefferson Smurfit, Dr Craig Barrett of Intel, Kieran McGowan of the IDA, Bernard Collins of VHI Healthcare, Willie Walsh of International Airlines Group, Dr Pearse Lyons of Alltech, Gary McGann of Smurfit Kappa Group and most recently John Moloney of Glanbia and most recently Ms Moya Doherty. 

These past winners have made a huge contribution to the socio-economic situation in Ireland and through their success have helped bring about the self-confidence we now have in our own ability to not only succeed when times are good but to meet head on these challenging times that we now face to develop our economy in new and dynamic ways.

RDS Gold Medal for Industry 2016 Awards from RDS on Vimeo.


For further information please contact:

Paul Farrelly
RDS Enterprise Programme Manager
Dublin 4
Tel: +353 (0) 1 240 7215
Email: enterprise@rds.ie

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