First three Tralee Business People Awards presented to Breeda Hurley, Billy Nolan and Dan Horan

BREEDA Hurley, Billy Nolan and Dan Horan, three outstanding business people who have shown extraordinary commitment to their customers and the town of Tralee, have won Tralee Business People Awards for January, February and March 2017.

The new monthly award from Tralee Chamber Alliance recognises people who have made a positive impact to Tralee through their business and working lives.

The President of Tralee Chamber Alliance, John Drummey, said: “Breeda, Billy and Dan employ over 200 people between them and deserve to be recognised for the work they do to improve and enhance life the lives of those around them every day. We are delighted to shine a light on them for contributing to the economic and community development of the town over the course of their careers.”

Breeda Hurley, a Tralee-native, is the Managing Director of the multi award-winning family-run ABC Cleaning. She is a business woman, author, wife and mother of eight children. Breeda has worked tirelessly throughout her life to support her family and create employment for hundreds of people in the locality. Over 20 years ago and after a number of personal and business struggles, Breeda set up ABC Cleaning which now employs over 140 people, many of whom are in Tralee.

ABC has supported the local community in many ways without making a big deal about it. It has volunteered its services to charities and people who were affected by flooding and fire damage over the years. Breeda is always giving her time and knowledge to help other young business people in the town and is a very active networker and supporter of town initiatives. On May 12th next Breeda will launch her first book entitled ‘Survive and Thrive’ at the Rose Hotel, Tralee.

Billy Nolan, began his business more than 51 years ago in Tralee, starting out to provide quality service and products to his customers in 1966. Since then his family and staff have built up a reputation among his customers for providing quality goods and a superb customer service. This fine jewellers, specialises in diamonds and has credited diamond buyers to provide the best quality products to their customers. In 1993, Billy took over Hilsers Jewellers on Castle Street and along with his wife Margaret and two daughters Ciara and Louise, they have forged a brand name which is well known in the locality and beyond.

Billy has always had a great interest in local affairs. He’s responsible for the establishment of the Tralee Tourist Kiosk during the summer months and he’s involved in the Model Railway Exhibition at Blennerville Windmill.

Dan Horan opened his first store in Abbey Court in 1988 with a fruit & veg store – he now has 21 stores employing 81 people across Munster in Kerry, Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. Dan is an extremely genuine caring person. All of his staff hold him in the highest regard and they we feel that he deserves this award after all his years of hard work and dedication. Dan takes great pride in all of his stores and in serving the community giving both employment as well as a great service to all of his customers. He values each and every one of his customers as well as supporting local suppliers.

The secret of Dan’s success can be attributed to taking care of both his customers and staff. Dan also supports numerous sporting and charity organisations including Kerry GAA, John Mitchels GAA and Tralee Soup Kitchen to name a few.

Breeda, Billy and Dan were presented with specially commissioned handmade glass pieces from local craft maker, Terence MacSweeney while Tralee-based photographer, Pauline Dennigen, will photograph each of the 12 monthly winners and their portraits will be featured in an exhibition and 2018 Tralee calendar.

The proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be donated to Tralee charities.

For more information, please contact Tralee Chamber Alliance on 066 7121472 or email info@Tralee.ie.