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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.

2019 RDS Gold Medal

Nominations are now closed for the 2019 Gold Medal for Enterprise. This Award aims to acknowledge and celebrate an individual who has made an exceptional impact on Ireland’s sustainable economic development. 


2018 RDS Gold Medal Award Recepient - Ciarán Murray

Ciarán Murray, Chairman of ICON plc is the recipient of the 2018 RDS Gold Medal for Enterprise. Ciarán joined ICON plc as Chief Financial Officer in 2005 after a career in the food, drinks and technology sectors with Kraft Foods, Northern Foods, Novell Inc. and Codec Systems. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of ICON in 2011, a role he held until he transitioned to Chairman in March 2017. Over his 13 years with ICON, Ciarán has been proud to see the company grow to become one of the global powerhouses in clinical research and one of Ireland's most successful indigenous companies.


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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