THE Skibbereen & District Chamber of Commerce are once again in search of the town’s friendliest businesses and employee.

The awards will aim to copper fasten Skibbereen’s position as Ireland’s friendliest town.

This year the Friendliest Business Award will be split into two categories, small (1-10 employees) and large (10 plus employees).

Now is your chance to nominate the businesses you feel are friendly, welcoming and courteous and an employee who goes above and beyond the call of duty for customers.


Closing date for nominations is Saturday, October 6th, after which a group of mystery shoppers will visit the short-listed businesses to decide the winners.

Brendan O’Brien, who won the award last year for Skibbereen’s Friendliest employee said he is looking forward to handing on his crown this year.

“It has been great to hold the title for the past 12 months and I encourage everyone that shops in Skibbereen to vote for another deserving winner this October,” he said.


A shortlist of nominees will be announced before the event with the winners being crowned at the special ceremony in the West Cork Hotel on Saturday, October 20th.

To vote fill in the nomination form from the Southern Star or pick up a form available in businesses throughout the town over the coming weeks and can be returned to Sean Murray Fashions or the Southern Star office.

Alternatively you can email your nomination to by October 6th.