The finals of the prestigious Irish Made Awards are just around the corner and two Laois companies have made the cut.
Finline Furniture from Emo and Ballykilcavan Brewing Company from Stradbally have made the final shortlist.
The awards, which are now in their fifth year, showcase the very best of Irish design, craft, food and drink, and previous winners include Foxford Woollen Mills and The Burren Perfumery.
Ciaran Finane of Finline Furniture was delighted to get the news of having made it through to the final.
He said: “The Irish Made Awards are very tough to win, because there is such a huge amount of talent throughout the country.
“The furniture category is particularly stacked with really innovative and gifted designers and manufacturers, but we’re hoping that all our loyal customers will give us a vote and help us to get the win.”
Ballykilcavan’s MD David Walsh-Kemmis was just as thrilled: “We’re the only brewery to make it through to the final.
“This shows just how tough the competition is, but we’d love to bring the title of best Irish Made drinks company back to Co Laois.
“We’d like to think that our use of our own Irish barley and water, and our sustainability goals within Origin Green will make the difference.”
Having made the final, the next stage involves a public vote to determine the winners, and both companies would be very grateful for
You can find a list of all the finalists at irishcountrymagazine.ie/vote/ – Finline are in category 9 (Furniture), and Ballykilcavan are in category 4 (Drinks).
Voting closes on September 14 and the winners will be announced in October.