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Meet Our Judges For Irish Tatler Women Of The Year 2019

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it!

The deliberations have begun. 

The Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards are back for 2019, but reinvigorated for a new age of women. 

As well as shining a light on pure, unadulterated skill, innovation and natural talents across the board, our mission for the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards is to showcase women who live our own values of inclusivity, diversity, integrity, authenticity and kindness, and yesterday was the first step of that journey.

Gathered at the Shelbourne Hotel, our judges sat together to celebrate the women that have been living our brand values, as individuals and to seek out the women who've affected conscious change for themselves, for others or for the nation this year. 

Seated around yesterday's judging table were a panel of women, each themselves living a life that aligns with all that we stand for at Irish Tatler, and although we can't reveal the chosen winners until the night of the awards, we can confirm that our judges went beyond anything obvious with their choices. 

Scroll on to read more about our selected judges for Irish Tatler Women of the Year 2019. 

Katie Molony


Katie is CEO of Irish Studio Media, the parent company to Irish Tatler, Irish Central, Food & Wine Ireland, British Heritage Magazine, Ireland of Welcomes and Irish Studio Travel.

Ellie Balfe 


Ellie is Editorial Director at Irish Studio Media and leads the charge on all cross-brand content and creative vision. 

Sarah O'Hegarty 


Sarah is the editor of Irish Tatler magazine, having honed her craft as Fashion Editor/Managing Editor at the title over the past eight years.

Noeline Blackwell


Noeline is one of the country’s most prestigious lawyers and CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre. Her career has been dedicated to defending the rights of the poor and that of rape victims.

Sheelagh Daly

Sheelagh is the Entrepreneurship Manager at Enterprise Ireland and in that capacity, she supports a new generation of female entrepreneurs in developing the skills and confidence to back themselves and their businesses. 

Emma Kelly


Emma is MD of Elevate PR, an agency nearing its 20th year and that specialises in lifestyle clients with a focus on design, arts, fashion, hospitality and health.

Kelley Cousins


Kelley is Corporate Communications Manager at Facebook Ireland, delivering corporate communications goals and reputation management.

Diane Tangney


Dr. Diane Tangney (it’s official now!) having just completed her PhD is a lead Business Founder and Creativity expert.

Diane said of our judging event: 

Diverse, human, well-thought-through and the right amount of fierce.

Sinéad Rice


As the head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland, Sinead's work is passionately invested in making arts programmes sustainable and representational. 

Louise McSharry

Louise is - and we quote - a Broadcaster/Writer/Beauty Obsessive/Plus Size Clothes-Wearer and she fights tirelessly to have all women fairly represented in media. 

Cara Doyle


Cara is the Creative Content Director at Packed House Media, the umbrella company to well-known Irish website communities such as, & 

Nora Stapleton


Nora is a former Ireland rugby international and has just taken up her post as Sport Ireland’s Women in Sport Lead to help develop and promote women and girls’ involvement in sport.

We'd like to thank each of our judges for entering into the process with authenticity and with the intention of truly lifting other women up.

Now, roll on the 5th of October! 

For tickets and more information, click here.

Read More: These Are the Women Who Made 2018