Riverdance queen Moya wins top business accolade at Belfast event
Riverdance co-founder Moya Doherty has been honoured for her contribution to business and the economy at an event in Belfast.
Ms Doherty, chairman of Irish broadcaster RTE, is the first woman to win the All-Ireland Consultant Business Award from the Chartered Management Institute Northern Ireland Region (CMI).
She was presented with the award by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at a lunch hosted by the CMI in Belfast's Harbour Commission office.
Working with John McColgan, Ms Doherty took Riverdance from an interval act at the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest into an international theatrical event.
Previous winners of the CMI's award include Glen Dimplex founder Martin Naughton, who attended this week's lunch.
Ms Doherty said: "I am honoured to be receiving the All-Ireland Consultant Business Award and am indebted to the Chartered Management Institute for my nomination."
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "Moya is an exceptionally innovative and industrious person who has made a colossal contribution to broadcasting, commerce and the arts nationally and internationally. Moya's career and contribution should not just be framed by Riverdance, as her TV production company Tyrone Productions has been extremely successful.
"The journey Moya has made from starting as a production assistant in RTE in the 1980s to chairman of RTE signals she is an exceptionally hard working and resourceful person."