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Laois retailer wins top motorway services award

The victors in this category were Michael Petyt and Felicity Deegan of Manor Stone Service Station in Ballacolla. Pictured here with Colm O’Neill from category sponsor, Solv-X/Fifo.

A local forecourt retailer has won a major industry prize at this year’s biggest retail awards ceremony in Ireland.

After undergoing rigorous independent judging, Manor Stone Service Station Ballacolla won the new Motorway Services of the Year prize at the Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards.

The event took place on 6 September at the Clayton on Burlington Road, Dublin.

Speaking after claiming the coveted prize the night, Michael Petyt of Manor Stone Service Station Ballacolla said: “It’s amazing to win! This prize however also recognises the effort of the entire team at the site, and the amount of hard work that has contributed to this win tonight.

“It just goes to show what a well organised team can accomplish, and everyone at the site has contributed to this award,” he said.

Set in the fabulous Clayton on Burlington Road, Dublin, and hosted by Irish broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan, the awards – now in their 16th year – celebrated the finest forecourt retailers from across the island.

Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards is a key event for the Irish forecourt industry, acting as a benchmark of excellence for the sector and a key driver of innovation and aspiration.

The local forecourt industry has a significant and growing share of Ireland’s 18 billion Euro grocery and convenience market.

It is this variety of roles played by the sector that is recognised at these awards.


Bill Penton, publisher of Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer, welcomed the calibre of support and entries for this year’s awards.

“These awards are an important institution for the industry, and the calibre of entries and people who attended the event is a reflection of the strength of not only the awards themselves but of the industry in general,” he said.

“It’s an honour to have the opportunity to celebrate some of the most significant players in Irish business and see many of them give their support to these fantastic awards.”

Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer is a trade publication for the retail and forecourt industry.

Its annual awards are judged by an independent panel from Spotcheck, and regarded as the annual focal point the retailing calendar in Ireland.

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