The “Guaranteed Irish Hero Awards” were established in 2017 to recognise the work of individuals working across various disciplines who have been ambassadors for Ireland both at home and abroad.


On January 30th 2017, we awarded artist Maser with the first of six Guaranteed Irish Hero Awards in 2017 with the intent to, in the words of CEO Brid O’Connell:


“…Champion six exceptional individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to creating a better Ireland through: jobs, community and provenance, across six categories: art, sport, science, music, technology and food. It is through their innovations and sheer hard work that they have boosted Ireland’s reputation, both nationally and internationally, and here at Guaranteed Irish, we want to recognise that.”


Meet our 2017 Guaranteed Irish Heroes:

Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School receiving the Guaranteed Irish Food Hero award from Guaranteed Irish CEO, Brid O'Connell
12 April 2018

In March, Darina Allen, the internationally-renowned chef and co-founder of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, was announced as the ‘Guaranteed Irish Food Hero’. A tireless ambassador for Irish food at home and abroad, Darina received the accolade for her significant contribution to the food industry in Ireland. Darina Allen joins an elite list of Guaranteed Irish Heroes, each awarded...

Patrick Walsh of Dogpatch Lads receiving his Guaranteed Irish Tech Hero award from Guaranteed Irish CEO, Brid O'Connell
22 November 2017

In November, Founder and Managing Director of Dogpatch Labs, Patrick Walsh, was announced as the Guaranteed Irish Tech Hero. The tech entrepreneur was selected for his significant contribution to the tech industry in Ireland. As Managing Director of Dogpatch Labs, and having worked with numerous tech companies of various scales throughout his career – from...

Guaranteed Irish Music Hero Keiron Campbell Black
19 September 2017

In September, music promoter Keiron Campbell Black was named as the Guaranteed Irish Music Hero. The Dublin-based promoter, musician and venue proprietor was selected for the accolade following a public nomination process. On awarding Mr. Black, CEO of Guaranteed Irish Brid O’Connell said: “Keiron Campbell Black is a true champion of Ireland’s music scene, so...

Professor Louise Kenny Guaranteed Irish Science Hero
05 July 2017

In July, our first ‘Guaranteed Irish Hero’ in Science was awarded to Professor Louise Kenny, Director of INFANT, the Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research, for her achievements in perinatal, foetal and neonatal research. The Cork-based scientist was selected for the award following a public nomination process and received the award at the...

24 April 2017

In April, our first ‘Guaranteed Irish Hero’ for Sport was awarded to Niamh Briggs, Irish Women’s Rugby Captain, for inspiring her team and fans of rugby everywhere. Niamh Briggs is an Irish rugby player, now captain, who plays as fullback for the Ireland women’s national rugby union team. Before being a rugby star, Niamh attended...

Maser - Guaranteed Irish Arts Hero
30 January 2017

In January, our first ‘Guaranteed Irish Hero’ for the Arts was awarded to Maser, for his work in contemporary Irish art. Maser is an Irish-born artist who began painting graffiti on the streets of Dublin in 1995 under the nickname ‘Maser’. He soon earned the respect of other graffiti artists in Ireland and throughout Europe...