Today, 30th October 2023, we are excited to announce a significant milestone in our journey to celebrate coaching excellence—the unveiling of the shortlist for the ICF Ireland Rising Star of the Year and Coach of the Year Awards 2023 and details of those being considered for the President’s Award 2023. Winners will be announced at our Gala Dinner on Saturday, 11th of November 2023 – view here for details and booking info.

Our coaching community continues to shine brightly, and this year, we were faced with the remarkable challenge of selecting the finalists from an exceptionally talented pool of applicants. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to every coach who submitted their applications. The level of expertise, dedication, and passion displayed by each applicant has been truly inspiring. 

After much deliberation by an independent panel of credentialed coaches from outside of Ireland, we are delighted to announce the following shortlisted candidates.

Rising Star 2023 Shortlist

(in alphabetical order)

Caitríona Farrell

I am Caitríona Farrell and I am a Transformational Coach which includes Career Coaching, Expatriate Coaching and Life Coaching; and ‘transformational’ meaning that the work I do with my clients can have positive effects on other aspects of my clients lives along with their focus.

Deirdre Cooney

My name is Deirdre Cooney and I am a Professional Coach, working with leaders and individuals in medium to large organizations. I have worked as a Senior Leader in the Biopharma Industry for over 30 years. Throughout my own career, I was fortunate to have access to excellent coaches who really helped me to become the leader that I wanted to be and I now want to turn my focus to that role, to support new leaders to be successful and fulfilled in their roles

Lesley Murray

I’m Lesley Murray and my Coaching work focuses mainly on assisting and enabling people who are going through a time of transition/change with its associated challenges and opportunities

Coach of The Year 2023 Shortlist

(in alphabetical order)

Kathleen Fanning, PCC

Kathleen Fanning is a professional coach, speaker, educator, and author who specializes in empowering professional women. With over 25 years of experience in business, higher education, and the public sector, Kathleen brings extensive expertise to her coaching practice.

Liz Barron, PCC

For 14 years I’ve worked as a coach with private clients, with leaders, their teams and organisations who want to realize their full potential.

Mary Anna Wright, MCC

I’m a leadership coach, working with clients around the world from a farm on the stunning Donegal coast. My career background is communications. I was a journalist for a while, and then lead a comms team for an inner London borough.

President’s Award Contenders

(in alphabetical order)

Atlantic Way Coaching Circle

Atlantic Way Coaching Circle is a network of 27 coaches, with bases in the West of Ireland.

Kilkenny Coaching Circle

The Kilkenny coaching circle a community of coaches

Life Coaching at Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre

Life coaching has profoundly impacted the clients at Kilkenny’s Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre

Futureneerz and Munster Technological University ‘Get Career & Work Ready’ Strategic Partnership

A Coaching Program with a core focus on creating CAREER and WORK Ready Graduates who possess the necessary skills and confidence to enter the workplace

Place Based Leadership Development Initiative

Coaching is an integral element of a Place Based Leadership Development initiative funded by DRCD and delivered in Drogheda and Darndale, by Louth Leader and Northside Partnership, respectively

Regional Leaders Programme

The Regional Leaders Programme is designed to develop leaders for the future in the South East Region.

Journaling for Joy Initiative

Started in 2022 as a monthly challenge. Its purpose – to introduce Irish people to what collaborating with a Coach is like AND the powerful benefits available to people through Journaling –  a “free” tool/habit readily available to everyone in society