National Grocery Retail Manager of the Year 2024

Owen Clifford, head of Retail Sector, Bank of Ireland, presents the Supreme Champion – The National Grocery Manager of the Year Award to Michael Walsh of Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty, Cork, at the ShelfLife Grocery Management Awards 2024

Ireland’s grocery retail industry gathered at Dublin’s Royal Marine Hotel on Thursday, 9 July, for the 2024 ShelfLife Grocery Management Awards, recognising individual management excellence in the sector.

With 360 guests in attendance, 22 awards were presented, honouring the best in the many departments that make up local convenience stores and supermarkets, culminating in the grand prize of ShelfLife National Grocery Retail Manager of the Year.

Led by MC Shay Byrne of RTE Radio One, the prestigious, independently judged awards ceremony is supported by platinum sponsor Bank of Ireland and carried out in association with Excel Recruitment.

Michael Walsh – Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty, Cork was named National Grocery Retail Manager of the Year 2024. He was presented the award by Owen Clifford, head of retail convenience at Bank of Ireland, the ShelfLife Grocery Management Awards’ platinum sponsor.

The judges deemed Michael Walsh an outstanding winner on account of the true dedication and passion he has demonstrated for the retail industry.

“Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners at this year’s ShelfLife Grocery Management Awards. This national awards scheme has reaffirmed the quality and dedication of retail grocery managers across the country,” John McDonald, publisher, ShelfLife

“Bank of Ireland are delighted to once again be lead sponsor of the Grocery management awards.  These awards showcase the excellent standards and service delivered by the Irish grocery sector.  They also celebrate the significant contribution made by personnel within the sector to their local communities nationwide.  Personally, it remains a privilege to support & recognise all that’s great about the internationally renowned Irish grocery sector“

— Owen Clifford, Head of Retail Convenience, Bank of Ireland

I want you to know when we thank the frontline heroes, that includes the people working in grocery, that includes the people working in our petrol stations, in our convenience stores, in our supermarkets. The people who got up every morning and looked after us. Thank you so much for all you have done.

— Simon Harris, Taoiseach and Leader of Fine Gael.