Top honours for Houlihan’s at Q Mark awards

Marie Doyle Henry from the EIQA pictured with Michael and Joan Houlihan from Mace Houlihan, Lismore at The National Q Mark Awards in Dublin. (Pic: Conor McCabe Photography)

Receiving a nomination for a prestigious Q Mark Award for Hygiene and Food Safety sees MACE Ballyrafter Service Station, Lismore ranked amongst the top 6.75% of all audits completed by the EIQA on the island of Ireland.

The coveted Q Mark is awarded only to companies who achieve the highest standards of quality and excellence.


Situated in the heritage town of Lismore, Co. Waterford, this family run forecourt and convenience store currently employ 26 staff on a full and part time basis.

Speaking at this year’s National Q Mark Awards in Dublin recently, Michael Houlihan of MACE Houlihan said, “We continually strive to maintain and improve food safety standards so to deliver the best possible safe food to our customers. This is a fantastic result and proof that hard work pays off”.

The 2018 awards were presented by Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) and officiated by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD.

MC on the night was broadcaster Jonathan Healy, with almost 600 people representing 140 companies attending the formal black-tie ceremony.

This was a very special year for the Q Mark Awards as the EIQA celebrate 50 years trading.