Margaret Downey-Harrington from Castletownbere, Co. Cork was honoured with the BIM National Seafood Lifetime Achievement Award for her immense contribution to the Irish seafood industry. Margaret, whose career spans more than 60 years, owns a Castletownbere pelagic trawler and is also a founding member of Mná na Mara, the national network for women in fisheries.

Her award was presented by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD at a BIM seafood banquet hosted in Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral. BIM’s biennial awards recognise the ongoing achievements of successful entrepreneurs in the Irish seafood industry which employs over 14,500 people in the fishing, aquaculture, seafood processing and seafood retail sectors which contribute €1.15 billion to the economy of Ireland’s coastal communities.

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