MAYO STYLE AWARDS 2019: Profiles of finalists in Best New Business category

LEADING public relations guru Lesley Emerson profiles the three finalists in Best New Business category of The Connaught Telegraph Mayo Style Awards at Breaffy House Resort next Friday night. 


Oxtail Kitchen, Balla

Oxtail is a cosy and informal neighbourhood eatery located upstairs at the Shebeen pub in Balla and owned by Irish/French duo Patrick McEllin and Rebecca Miton.

It has been a huge success since it opened its doors 18 months ago. They are both very passionate about food, sustainability, flavours and freshness – and it really shows in their menus.

Working in tandem with the seasons, Chef Patrick McEllin creates an ever-changing menu and uses the very best produce, sourced locally wherever possible.

Oxtail supports local farmers and artisan food producers and this is evident in the menu.

More than a restaurant, Oxtail is a second home, a place of gathering where the community, families, neighbours, friends and strangers can meet to share a special occasion or a casual meal in a warm and friendly environment.


Megan Walsh Make-Up, Castlebar

Megan Walsh is a Beauty Therapist and freelance makeup artist who is based in Castlebar and at the tender age of 21, opened her own business just three months ago.

She is ITEC, CIBTAC & CIDESCO qualified.

Megan very focussed on customer service and opens late and will facilitate early morning appointments to suit them.

Megan welcomes hen parties and adds to the party atmosphere with glasses of bubbly prosecco for everyone to enjoy.

She enjoys doing bridal makeups and offers a call out service where she will go to the bride’s house and do makeup for the bridal party.

Her eye makeups are very dramatic and visually striking as can be seen from the images on her social media.

She is generous with advice and posts helpful tutorials on her social media (Instagram and Facebook).


House of Hair, Westport

Lauren Beirne opened House of Hair creative hair studio on the South Mall in Westport a year ago.

She has created a relaxing and calm environment which welcomes all clients with a complimentary drinks menu and treats. She enjoys working with clients to achieve the look that suits them best.

Lauren offers highlights and colouring as well as hair and scalp treatments and creative cuts. Balayage is a speciality.

She also does creative upstyles and other styles for weddings, Debs, parties and special occasions.

She uses social media to showcase her work, particularly with ‘before and after’ style transformations (Instagram and Facebook). She is a creative young stylist who gets some excellent reviews from satisfied clients.