While traditionally a dinner and awards occasion, this year’s IRI gathering included an expo element with various suppliers participating in an exhibition in the afternoon prior to the gala evening event. This was a first time venture for IRI and one that proved a considerable success.
IRI dinner, awards and expo success
The venue was the Grand Hotel, Malahide. After the inaugural delegate registration and exposition, approximately 200 industry personnel, and their guests, enjoyed an excellent meal, the presentation of the awards, and music and dancing into the early hours. Details of the awards, winners and sponsors follow.
Apprentice of the Year Award This award is for apprentices who have excelled in their final SOLAS assessments in refrigeration and air conditioning and was sponsored by Solas. There were two presentations, covering 2017 and 2018. Michael Farrell, Anglo Irish Refrigeration received the 2017 award from Martin O’Brien of CIT while Jim Ffrench, DIT presented the 2018 award to John Levins, also of Anglo Irish Refrigeration.
Energy & Environmental Award This award is for companies who show a track record of reducing their environmental impact and gaining significant energy savings. It was sponsored by Danfoss with Stephen Molloy making the presentations. Results were as follows:
Highly Commended – Sirus Engineering Systems for the Mitsubishi Electric HVRF air conditioning system installed on a major project;
Winner – Daikin for its R32 Sky Air system.
Training Award This is for companies who have excelled in the provision of training for their staff and customers. It is sponsored by Carel Ireland and the presentations were made by Dave Killalea. Results were as follows.
Highly commended – Musgraves;
Winner – Anglo Irish Refrigeration.
Innovation Award This is for companies, or Individuals, who have contributed most to new technologies and ideas applied to the RAC and HV industry applications environment. It was sponsored by Daikin. Results were as follows.
Highly Commended – Crystal Air;
Winner – Higgins Refrigeration.
Contribution to Industry Award This is for individuals who have promoted and supported the RAC industry over a prolonged period of time. It was sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric and the winner was John Sampsom.