Double Success For Swords Entrepreneurs

Swords Win 1Pictured here are Claire Lord, Mason Hayes & Curran (hosts of the event), Dr. Chris Horn, chair of the panel of judges, Stephen Cluskey, Emerging Social Entrepreneur, Eugene Bent, Dublin Chamber of Commerce (sponsor), Emma Manley, guest speaker and Brian Casey, Ulster Bank (awards sponsor).

Swords entrepreneurs won two out of three categories at the recent presentation of the “2015 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards” Sarah Davis-Goff of Tramp Press, who was born in Donabate and who moved to Swords when her family was 14, won the Emerging Arts Entrepreneur category along with her business partner, Lisa Coen.

Pictured here are Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff of Tramp Press, Dr. Chris Horn and Emma Manley.

Pictured here are Lisa Coen and Sarah Davis-Goff of Tramp Press, Dr. Chris Horn and Emma Manley.

Tramp Press is an independent publisher set up to change the landscape of what Irish publishing is capable of accomplishing, and in so doing, brings great new writing to readers. Tramp Press’s first two titles, ’Flight’ by Oona Frawley and ’Dubliners 100’ by Thomas Morris were both nominated for the 2014 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. Dubliners 100 won ‘Best Irish-Published Book’. Sarah said, “By supporting excellent writing, we can allow authors to flourish without the obligation to be accepted by the increasingly conservative market. We work hard to market and promote our titles but believe that sales have been strong because of the quality of the work, and because of our reputation for independent thinking.”
Stephen Cluskey of wheelchairtaxi.ie, also from Swords won the Emerging Social Entrepreneur category. He said, “As a wheelchair user of 12 years, I have always struggled to find suitable transport. I was stranded in Dublin city centre one night until 6am after spending four hours trying to get suitable transport. Eventually I had to call my parents to get out of bed and travel in to provide a service which should already be there.”
“A wheelchair taxi driver also damaged the spoke on the wheelchair one night and I had to spend three days in bed while this got fixed because drivers are not given any training when they receive their licence. These are the very real problems wheelchair users face on a daily basis. So I founded wheelchairtaxi.ie as a response to that problem. Nothing like it currently exists anywhere in the world,” he said
Sarah and Stephen were presented with their Certificates at the awards ceremony last week and both won €1,000 in cash.