Kildare women honoured at Intel

International Women's Day

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


Kildare women honoured at Intel

John Black presents the achievement award to Karen O'Connor

Three Kildare women were honoured along with four other colleagues at Intel Women’s Achievement Awards last week. 

Last Friday, March 8, marked International Women’s Day 2019, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year the theme of International Women’s Day was #BalanceforBetter, better the balance, better the world.

"It is a sentiment that we at Intel Ireland fully endorse as we acknowledge that in order to shape the future of technology, our workforce should be fully representative of that future," said an Intel spokesperson.

"This year to celebrate International Women’s Day the Women at Intel Network, a group whose mission is to empower women to deliver significant business impact with expanded connections, valued skill development, increased representation, and directed support, put together a series of events and activities for employees."

These included displaying photos of over 100 employees on digital signage across the Intel campus. These employees each represented the theme and highlighted individual employee’s support for inclusion and diversity.

Seamus Hetherton presenting an achievement award to Barbara McMahon

The Women at Intel Network also chose to celebrate International Women’s day by supporting a local charity – Teach Tearmainn, a women’s and children’s refuge located in County Kildare – with the donation of toiletries and other essentials.

The culmination of the celebrations took place with a special onsite event that featured a panel discussion hosted by broadcaster and journalist Sean Moncrief and included sports presenter, Joanne Cantwell and Fiona Coghlan, who captained the Irish Rugby Team in their 2013 six nations victory.

The event also included the presentation of the Intel Women’s Achievement Awards, which recognise and acknowledge women working at Intel for a variety of outstanding achievements that have delivered a significant impact to Intel’s business.

Each of the awards was presented by an Intel Department Manager who spoke about the individual achievements of each of the recipients and shared how their unique contributions had delivered an impact to Intel.

The eight women receiving the awards came from all areas of Intel’s business operations in Ireland and are recognised as leaders and role models. 

The 2019 award recipients were:

Catherine Doyle from Co. Kildare who is part of the Intel Dry Etch department
Marguerite Hughes, from Co. Wicklow (close to Shillelagh) who is part of the Dielectrics department at Intel
Carmelita Dunican who is part of the Intel Wet Etch department
Barbara McMahon from Maynooth, Co. Kildare who is part of the Site Information Technology group at Intel
Karen O’Connor from Carbury, Co. Kildare who is part of the Corporate Services group at Intel
Radhika Loomba from the Intel Labs group
Ciara Loftus from Tuam, Co. Galway who works at Intel Shannon
Sandra Gaffney from the Lithography group at Intel

"These awards are part of a broader strategy to support the attraction, growth and development of our diverse talent that makes our business thrive. In October 2018 Intel announced that it has achieved full representation in its U.S. workforce two years ahead of its 2020 goal," said the company.

"The company’s workforce now reflects the percent of women and underrepresented minorities available in the U.S. skilled labor market. This achievement was the result of a comprehensive strategy that took into account hiring, retention and progression, and is just the beginning for Intel’s work in this space."

The Women’s Achievement award recipient’s join a long line of Irish women making their mark in Intel which includes the first Irish female Vice President Ann Kelleher, who is now a Senior Vice President and General Manager of Manufacturing and Operations at Intel and Ireland based Ann-Marie Holmes who is the Fab 24 Factory Manager and Vice President of Intel’s Manufacturing and Operations Group.

Colm Farrell presenting an achievement award to Catherine Doyle